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November 18, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society's executive director, Beth Hessel, and records archivist, David Staniunas, accompanied our Office of the General Assembly colleagues and hundreds of mid council leaders to Portland, Oregon, for the 2015 Polity Conference and associated meetings. Polity in odd-years takes place at the site of the next General Assembly, and the last time Presbyterians gathered in Portland, it looked like this:


November 13, 2015

In seminary and graduate school, I was taught that the first North American Presbyterians were part of the Puritan immigration that began in the 1620s in Massachusetts and soon spread to other portions of New England, especially Connecticut. The Puritans who peopled New England were usually contrasted with the “Cavaliers” who populated Tidewater Virginia.

Subsequently, I learned that the Puritan movement was a far more variegated and

November 12, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society documents the experiences of Presbyterians from across the country. As part of our series on regional history, here are five stories about the Chicago area collected by PHS.

1) Chicago Pioneers

Presbyterians have been active in Chicago since the city’s beginning. The First Presbyterian Church was organized in 1833, before Chicago was officially...

October 29, 2015

Over the past two years, my colleagues and I have been working on a huge digital project: the creation, population, and launching of PHS's first digital asset management system, or DAMS.

What is a DAMS? A fancy term for an online archives--a way for researchers and historians and Presbyterians to explore some of our collection items up close, much as a visitor would at our Philadelphia location. The big difference is that users of an online archives can do their...

October 13, 2015
World-renowned composer Samuel Osmond Barber (1910-1981) had musical and family roots in Pennsylvania. His faith heritage was distinctly Presbyterian. [1]
Barber’s parents, Samuel LeRoy Barber and Marguerite Barber, were married at First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PA, on October 17, 1905, the same church where Samuel O. Barber was baptized on June 19, 1910. Seventy-one years later, in 1981,...
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