You are here

Blog

News, events, updates, and tidbits from the Presbyterian Historical Society. Use tags to read related articles or sort by author for similar posts written by PHS staff members and volunteers.

January 26, 2017

In celebration of the contributions of African American mission workers, here's another story from Record Group 424, our collection of missionary personnel files from 1924-2002.

Marsha Snulligan Haney and her husband Willie were mission workers in Cameroon from 1982 to 1987. Marsha was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her early experiences of racism, including being refused service at restaurants in the South, fueled her dedication to fight racial injustice through her faith. In her application to mission...

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...

November 29, 2016

 Mary Parke Thompson and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In the last installment of this continuing series, Mary recorded all of the pressures that had been building on their lives for months including disagreements among missionaries and an increase in government monitoring of Japanese Christians. In January 1875, David had begun his services as interpreter to the U.S. legation in...

October 12, 2016

While completing the processing of Record Group 424, our collection of missionary personnel files from 1924-2002, the stories of various African American missionaries stood out. Especially the story of missionary couple Howard and Verna Mwikuta, who were appointed Volunteers in Mission from 1983-1985 in the administrative capacity with Procure and the Christian Literature Program in Zaire.

Howard was born in 1941 in a village outside Ndola, in what was then Northern Rhodesia. His parents died when he was...

August 11, 2016

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this installment from her diary, Mary celebrates their first Christmas as husband and wife amidst continuing tensions over the form and future of Japanese Christianity.[1]

Dec 25 [1874, Toyko]: Christmas! but not white and frozen as we are wont to see it at home. A gray day in which the rain has continued to fall without intermission through its whole length. But this has not kept us from our purposes,...

Featured Tags