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February 9, 2024

In 2023, PHS was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize 22,500 photographs and supporting documents from the Religious News Service Photograph Collection. Learn more about the project.

As we further familiarize ourselves with the contents of our Religious News Service Photograph Collection, we have discovered some powerful photos—and many that speak to the African American...

February 5, 2024

Each month, the Presbyterian Historical Society is diving deep into the archives and sharing stories from the family and personal papers in our collections. This month, we’re highlighting the Florence Helen Ray Boyes Papers.


After visiting Kennedy Memorial Hospital in 1950, Dr. Paul S. Rhoads, working under the Board of Foreign Missions of the PCUSA, typed up a descriptive account of all he’d witnessed. The report is full of...

December 6, 2023

PHS is happy to announce that three oral history interviews with Stated Clerk Emeritus Cliff Kirkpatrick are now live and available for viewing in Pearl.

Clifton Kirkpatrick was elected as Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)’s General Assembly in 1996. At the end of his term of service in 2008, he was elected as Stated Clerk Emeritus. Prior to his becoming Stated Clerk, he served for fifteen years as the...

October 25, 2023

Each month, the Presbyterian Historical Society is bearing witness to the lives of African American leaders throughout the history of the denomination. Click here to learn how PHS is collecting records of the Black Presbyterian experience through the African American Leaders and Congregations Initiative.

Additionally, a free bulletin insert about each figure is available for download at the end...

September 22, 2023
Left: Margaret Towner, 1956. [Pearl ID: 83470]. Right: Bronwen Boswell, undated. Image courtesy of the Presbyterian News Service.

In July, the Rev. Bronwen Boswell was appointed as the Acting Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA), filling the term of the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II. In doing so, Boswell became...

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