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August 19, 2019

I first became aware of interning at the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) via the liberal arts Honors program at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP); specifically, it was mentioned by Honors professor Dr. Brian Seymour. After my class visited PHS on a spring field trip, I decided I would indeed enjoy interning there over the summer, exploring the atmosphere and technicalities of working in an archive or research library, as those are two things I am very much interested in. There was a more quotidian reason...

August 13, 2019
British troops break up an attack by Protestant supporters on Catholic marchers, Oct. 8, 1978, Derry/Londonderry, Ulster. Pearl Image: 148610

The conflicts that have occurred in the six counties of Northern Ireland or Ulster over the past three hundred years make up one of the most divisive and deadly ethno-religious disputes in modern history. On the surface, the conflict appears to be merely disagreement between the Catholic descendants of “native...

July 9, 2019

The following are autographed photographs from 1980 of then-sitting Senators to the Reverend Edward L.R. Elson on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination. The Reverend Dr. Edward L. R. Elson (1906-1993), pastor of National Presbyterian Church (1947-1973) and Chaplain of the Senate (1969-1981), played a particularly active role in advocating for a Presbyterian program in Washington, DC. He also baptized President...

June 11, 2019

“The business of the church is to put us generals out of business.” 

This quotation from the May 1, 1969 issue of Presbyterian Life comes from none other than Dwight David Eisenhower, five-star general, supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. While initially religiously unaffiliated, Eisenhower became a devout Presbyterian upon ascending to the presidency. Having experienced the horrors of war up close, his newfound religious faith coincided with his...

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