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February 15, 2017

--by William R. Laws III

This February, Northern Californians are remembering the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans to prison camps throughout the American West. In 1942, 80 percent of the nation’s Japanese Americans lived in California.

Because of fears connected to World War II, families were yanked from their homes. Imprisoned in remote places such as...

February 14, 2017

--by Beth Hessel, Executive Director

The recent presidential executive order temporarily banning travel to the United States by residents of seven Muslim-majority countries and by all refugees arrives as many Americans are remembering the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the order empowering the Secretary of War and his commanders to exclude any persons from the West Coast of the United States...

January 18, 2017

As inauguration day nears, we thought we'd highlight four items with presidential ties from our Rare Document collection.

1. Woodrow Wilson, President 1913-1921

2. Herbert Hoover, President 1929-1933

3. Franklln D. Roosevelt, President 1933-1945

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January 13, 2017

Written with lead contributor Bill Brock

When I began working here in the spring of 2014, one of the first tasks assigned to me was aiding our Collections Management Archivist, Bill Brock, in cleaning up collection guides after their migration to the new PHS website. The process primarily involved reviewing the guides for presentation and accuracy of content. Some guides needed only simple editing while others required working with the collections. The most challenging guide thus far has been...

September 13, 2016

--by Christopher N. Phillips

How much do you love your church’s hymn-singing tradition? Enough to steal its hymnbook? That was the case for George Fleming, a newspaper publisher in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Why would he do such a thing? A quick history of Presbyterian hymnbooks gives some clues.

Presbyterians, like most English-speaking Calvinists, didn’t sing hymns in church until the second half of the 18th century; it took the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America’s General Assembly (GA) until 1802 to declare that Isaac Watts’...

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