Between strategic planning meetings, coffee talks, and work-related trips beyond Philadelphia, Beth graciously responded to my questions about her history within the PC(USA), where she sees PHS in the future, and her hidden talents (spoiler alert: sheep wrangling!). To follow is the full interview.
What do you do at PHS?
As the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Historical Society, I work closely with the senior staff in the daily functioning of our organization. With...
In a presentation given as part of the Historic Polegreen Church Foundation Lecture Series, Dr. Jan Swearingen explored how Presbyterian theology and rhetoric informed the actions of Presbyterian leaders in Virginia and throughout Colonial America. We are pleased to share these excerpts from "Presbyterians in Virginia 1740-1770: Samuel Davies, Patrick Henry, and the Gospel of Liberty."
The Reverend Samuel Davies (1723-1761), original print, RG414. Item No. 1041
For three days and nights, staff members from the Presbyterian Historical Society enjoyed the Big Tent conference in Knoxville, TN, July 30th to August 1st. We caught-up with old friends and made new ones, sharing information about the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian history, and the many services—most free of charge—PHS provides to churches and individual researchers.
While many use the summer to vacation and recharge, PHS has been as busy as ever. We've welcomed two new staff members and promoted another.
Our new Executive Director, Beth Hessel, began her work at PHS in June. Before arriving in Philadelphia, Beth successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in History at Texas Christian University. She also holds a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in U.S. Women’s History from State University...
In celebration of 1,000 facebook likes, we are offering you a printable PDF of a Board of National Mission crossword puzzle, circa 1925. Anyone who shares or comments on our facebook post will be entered in a drawing for a special prize! If you comment on the post with a picture of your completed puzzle, you will be entered 5 times!
The crossword puzzle was published in 1925 in a pamphlet titled "A few Cross Words about the Budget." In the pamphlet, the newly organized...