On August 13, 2020, Jenny Barr led a Zoom webinar that explored the history of Presbyterian mission to China through records held at the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Watch the video below to take a brief look at the history of Presbyterian mission work in China, and to learn about the archival collections and other resources PHS has that document this fascinating topic. Included are examples of research done using the records of China missionaries.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Thomas Nimick about his article “Missionary Women’s Outreach to Poor Women in China: Origins of the Industrial Class Strategy.” The article appears in the Spring/Summer 2020 Journal of Presbyterian History. Watch the conversation below:
Dr. Nimick is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West...
Between 1932 and 1940, the work of foreign missionaries in China became entangled with the internal revolutionary struggles of the nation and the military aspirations of Imperial Japan. These were pivotal years for both China and the missionary effort. By the end of the period, most western missionaries, including Rev. Lacy Moffett and his family, were faced with a soul-searching dilemma: to continue their life’s work in the face of political turmoil and physical danger, or to return to the United States.
Between 1975 and 1980, I lived in Baltimore, Maryland, across the street from Victor Machle and his sister, Elsie Machle White. When Elsie died on January 29, 1978, she left a treasure-trove of letters and a small notebook that recorded the sender, date of receipt, and date of response for each. The letters span 70 years and include early Machle correspondence from China to relatives in the United States.
My name is Georgene Searfoss. I spent hours in the Machle home at 501 E. 42nd...