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December 9, 2016

Sonia Prescott is the newest member to join the staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society. As our Reference Assistant, she is primarily responsible for retrieving materials from the archives for our in-house researchers and responding to reference inquiries, such as genealogy questions and requests for ...

February 8, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant to the Presbyterian Historical Society, the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The NEH grant will fund a 2016 conservation environment assessment of PHS’s archival facility in Society Hill—the first such study of the building in 25 years.

Natalie Shilstut, PHS Preservation Archivist, believes the assessment is a crucial step in providing for the future well-being of...

November 18, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society's executive director, Beth Hessel, and records archivist, David Staniunas, accompanied our Office of the General Assembly colleagues and hundreds of mid council leaders to Portland, Oregon, for the 2015 Polity Conference and associated meetings. Polity in odd-years takes place at the site of the next General Assembly, and the last time Presbyterians gathered in Portland, it looked like this:

The UPCUSA...

September 17, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of Journeys of Faith: Artifacts from the Mission Field, our new in-house exhibit.

Featuring objects from around the world, Journeys of Faith showcases the wide range of American Presbyterian mission work going back to the 18th century. The exhibit’s oldest item is a conch shell used by David Brainerd to call Native American worshipers to service in the 1740s; its most...

August 21, 2015

Between strategic planning meetings, coffee talks, and work-related trips beyond Philadelphia, Beth graciously responded to my questions about her history within the PC(USA), where she sees PHS in the future, and her hidden talents (spoiler alert: sheep wrangling!). To follow is the full interview.

What do you do at PHS?

As the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Historical Society, I work closely with the senior staff in the daily functioning of our organization. With...

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