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December 2, 2019

--By Jennifer Johnson

My journey with the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) began as a result of attending the Religious Studies class at the Community College of Philadelphia, with Professor David Presjnar as the instructor. We were assigned a mini research paper based on pre-selected topics and PHS archival materials that we were able to choose from, which were provided to the class by the professor and in conjunction with the PHS archivists.

In preparation for the research we were invited to the PHS archives located at 5th and Lombard Street, here in...

November 9, 2019

--by Douglas MacVarish

On March 27, 1938, Rev. Carl McIntire preached his last sermon at the Collingswood Presbyterian Church. Following the conclusion of his sermon, the congregation marched out of the church singing "Faith of Our Fathers." Shortly after, the doors of the Gothic Revival church were locked as the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) denomination regained control of the property.

The following Sunday, a reported 1,223 worshippers met in a...

October 25, 2019

--by Deanna Ferree Womack

Church archives can be treasure troves for research on missions and Christianity around the globe. I found this to be true when working on my first book, Protestants, Gender and the Arab Renaissance in Late Ottoman Syria.

Missionary Treasure Troves

The “treasures” that I sought when researching Protestantism in...

October 9, 2019

--by Stephanie Santoro

"Stephanie: would you tell us a little about your research at PHS?"

My journey with the Building Knowledge & Breaking Barriers project began with me fielding that question, and my face turning beet red, during a lovely dinner I was invited to at the Presbyterian Historical Society in December 2018. The rain prevented substantial attendance, but I might as well have been put on-the-spot in a room of thousands. I had written a paper using...

September 26, 2019
Gayraud S. Wilmore, Jr., 1960. [Pearl ID: 5065]

--by Douglas H. Brown Clark

A New Black Presbyterian Church

One spring day in 1937, a few white Presbyterians approached two black community leaders on a street corner in North Philadelphia. The white Presbyterians’ local church had been dwindling. African Americans had been moving into the community from the American South in droves as a part of the Great Migration, and...

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