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April 8, 2021

The Presbyterian Historical Society is thrilled to announce the grand opening of the Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers (BKBB) exhibit. The six installation exhibit spotlights research projects by Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) students, with topics including the Black church, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, representative public art in Philadelphia, and white Christian attitudes toward Asian communities.

BKBB is an archives-based learning project that for two years has brought educators and students from Community College...

April 5, 2021
Letter written by Golden Baird to her mother, father, and Aunt Sophia from Kanggye, Korea, January 8, 1927. From Golden Baird's outgoing correspondence to her family, ca. 1920-1929.

The Presbyterian Historical Society has recently digitized the personal correspondence of twentieth century missionaries Golden and Dick Baird. The collection consists of almost 3,000 pages of the couple’s letters, primarily written from their mission station in...

March 23, 2021

In some traditional West African religions, the crossroads represent a place of power where anything can happen.

It is fitting then that the Reverend Dr. James Herman Robinson chose to name his organization Operation Crossroads Africa because he recognized Africa as being at a figurative crossroads where one road led to rebirth and the other led to crisis. What is remarkable, however, is that the crisis he saw on the horizon was not for Africa per se but for Christian missionary efforts in Africa. In 1954, Robinson correctly identified the need for a different type of Christian...

March 15, 2021

In 1946, seventeen denominations formed Church World Service (CWS) as a relief agency. Churches throughout the United States provided over 11 million pounds of food and medical supplies to communities in Europe and Asia that were affected by World War II. In the next two decades, CWS expanded its work into Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and the mission of the organization shifted from providing immediate disaster relief to creating long-term development projects in partnership with local communities. CWS also began to work in...

March 10, 2021

--by Douglas McVarish

[This post is the second in a series tracing the history of American Presbyterian Church architecture through individual churches. The first churches to be discussed will be those designated as National Historic Landmarks in recognition of their outstanding historical and/or architectural significance.]

The present home of the Downtown Presbyterian Church congregation was built in 1849, for the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. Located at 154 Fifth...

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