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March 14, 2016

The Reverend Susan Barnes’s quilts are works of art—meticulous, expressive, and compelling. Susan created these quilts with small squares of fabric to commemorate women’s ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and in the process connected past efforts at inclusiveness with new initiatives within the Church.

While focusing on women’s ordination[1], Susan wanted her quilts to show the service of all...

March 7, 2016

Herbert B. Beverly, PHS Building Superintendent, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016, following a valiant battle with cancer. Herb faced death with the absolute certainty of his salvation through his faith in Jesus Christ. His imprint is everywhere at the Presbyterian Historical Society, and we are deeply grateful for the time he shared with us.

Herb grew up in Philadelphia; he used to tell me stories about riding horses in Fairmount Park and the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. A man of constant activity, he was passionate about sports, including swimming, track...

December 15, 2015

Last month, Beth Hessel and I represented PHS at the 2015 Covenant Network Conference, held November 5-7 at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado. It was a series of firsts for me, having never been to Denver, or to a Covenant Network Conference, or to a Presbyterian church founded by a vigilante pastor—at least not that I know of....

August 18, 2015

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....
May 14, 2015

A year ago, PHS Board Director Cheri Register secured an invitation for the Society to present an adult education class at Westminster Presbyterian Church, her Minneapolis congregation. Throughout the year Cheri and I planned for that class and other parts of a PHS Minnesota adventure.

After morning services on Sunday, May 3rd, it was time for class. We used items from the PHS archives to provide students with new information about Westminster and other Minnesota congregations, including diary entries and...

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