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February 16, 2017
This post is the first in a new series highlighting recent additions to the Pearl digital archive. This month, we are especially excited to share a variety of new archival, photographic, book, audio, and video collections covering topics such as the American Revolution, mission work, Civil Rights, and the Vietnam War. Featured historical figures include John Witherspoon, George Duffield, Isabel Rogers, Joseph P. Cochran, John A. Redhead, James Baldwin, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Calvin Thielman....
June 2, 2016

A few months ago, we announced the launch of our new digital library, Pearl--a digital asset management system (DAMS) built on the open-source software framework, Islandora. Today, we are excited to announce that we have added...

March 16, 2016

In post-Gold Rush California, San Francisco’s Chinatown was ruled by tongs—secret associations of Chinese men who originally banded together to defend themselves against the xenophobia of the West but devolved into warring gangs in a violent underworld of human and drug trafficking. In this terrifying landscape, a young Scottish missionary from New Zealand managed to infiltrate the Chinese underworld to save more than 3,000 women and children from slavery. To the tongs she was known as Fahn Quai, the White Devil; to those she saved she was Lo Mo, Beloved...

April 27, 2015

This year, the Presbyterian Historical Society is celebrating Preservation Week in a big way—we’ve just launched our first environmental monitoring program! Sixteen Preservation Environment Monitor (PEM2) data loggers now permanently collect temperature and relative humidity data in all of our collection spaces. Collecting and analyzing environmental data is the first step to...

December 16, 2014

In 1951, going to church on Christmas was a forgotten ritual in many of the small, rural communities of Central Maine. Churches built a century before remained abandoned after residents moved south during World War II, seeking jobs in the industrialized towns of New England. In Leeds, the Baptist and Universalist churches, built 200 feet apart on adjoining lots, stood empty—a reminder of the religious rift that had driven the community apart years before. But a group of 100 concerned Leeds residents were determined to bring their community back together, this time within the walls of...

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