On December 2nd we welcomed new employees to PHS and gave others already on staff new responsibilities.
Fred Tangeman left the Public Services team to become Development Associate, a position recently vacated by Kate Fox (Good luck at the Orchestra, Kate!). Taking over the role of Public Services Assistant is Taja S. Jones, formerly of the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. Stephanie Becker, our new Reformatting Technician, comes to us from the
The PHS archives hold a number of family papers—sorted collections of records, correspondence, photographs, and other items the Society makes available to researchers. Bill Brock, our Collection Management Archivist, recently completed the Finding Aid for the Converse Family Papers (Record Group 474).
Four generations of Converses owned and operated the newspaper...
One hundred and seventy-five years ago, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. split into Old School and New School factions. Significant differences about theology, polity, and slavery exacerbated tensions to the point that the Old School branch expelled the New School adherents from the General Assembly in 1837. Indeed, the differences between the two groups were so evident that a Philadelphia-based newspaper announced in 1836 that:
The necessity for separation of the parties is urgent. They do not agree; they cannot agree. We can