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July 14, 2017

PHS staff members joined Presbyterians and other PC(USA) employees from around the country at this summer's Big Tent gathering. As with the 2015 Big Tent in Knoxville, TN, this year's teaching, preaching, and dining hall eating took place on a leafy college campus--Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

In addition to plugging the services and ministries of the ...

July 5, 2017

On July 7, 1968, James Baldwin took the dais at the World Council of Churches meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, the headline speaker of a panel address called "White Racism or World Community?"

In 2003, a set of two open-reel audio tape recordings of the event came to the Presbyterian Historical Society via the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. In celebration of the 49th anniversary of the event, we'd like to share an excerpt from his speech about the passage from petitioner to revolutionary undertaken by Stokely Carmichael.

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June 10, 2017

As Presbyterians around the country prepare to gather in St. Louis for Big Tent next month, the “Hands & Feet" initiative provides an opportunity for Presbyterians to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ at the local level. Presbyterians in St. Louis have been engaged in serving Christ and their community for over 200 years. Last year we wrote a blog post about the...

June 8, 2017

--by Ed Wicklein

It is an amazing thing that Americans moved west from the thirteen colonies so rapidly, even before the Revolution. The Presbyterian Church had a challenge keeping up with the migration to organize churches and to follow up with the creation of presbyteries and synods. The experience of Missouri and Illinois was typical. Already by 1800, Americans outnumbered the French in Missouri and, surely also, in nearby Illinois.

We know that Scotch-Irish Presbyterians from...

August 11, 2015

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.

It was hot at the outdoor booths, but you didn...

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