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July 2, 2020

--by Maya Holman

I had decided at the end of 2019 that 2020 was going to be my year for experience, travel, and adventure. With this being the last year of my 20s, I had decided I was going to start doing more things outside of work and school and go to places I've always wanted to go and never made the time or effort. I had knocked Virginia off of my list early on visiting my cousin for her birthday in February, and I thought to myself “I’m off to a great start, I'm going to travel my butt off this year. World, here I come!” I still had California, Florida, Tennessee, and...

July 1, 2020

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, PHS staff led a Zoom webinar on how to access and explore Pearl Digital Archives

Watch the video below to learn how to navigate PHS's collections from the comfort of your home. Allison and Gabriela demonstrated searching and navigating Pearl while giving glimpses into some of our most interesting and unusual digital collections.

Interested in hearing more...

June 17, 2020
Protesters fleeing tear gas, by Mike Shaheen, via Wikimedia Commons.

The police killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have sparked demonstrations around the country in defense of Black lives. Protesters have begun to mainstream police and prison abolition--ideas which the writers of Black liberation have developed over decades...

June 16, 2020

Many of us were looking forward to visiting Baltimore in June of this year for General Assembly. Even though General Assembly will now be a virtual occasion, we can still reflect on the historic nature of the city and its connection to the PCUSA and General Assemblies past.

One of many historic events that happened in Baltimore occurred in 1976 when Thelma Cornelia Davidson Adair was elected and became the first African American woman Moderator of the General Assembly for the...

June 12, 2020

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has forced General Assembly 224 into a virtual space, Baltimore remains the host city of record. This will be Baltimore’s eighth time hosting a General Assembly.

A sprawling metro area bridging South and North, land and tidewater, Baltimore was the stage for 19th century assemblies where regional schisms and attempts at reunification were hotly debated. The city’s 20th century assemblies showed a Church...

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