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October 25, 2017

PHS recently brought into the collections the personal papers of Z Holler, a radical Jesus-follower, truth seeker, and Presbyterian. Our thanks first go out to Charlene Holler and the rest of Z's family, and to our friends in Salem Presbytery who spoke up on our behalf.

Zeb North Holler, Jr. was born 2 August 1928 in Atlanta and grew up attending services at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant (Greensboro, N.C.). Z graduated from Davidson College in 1949 and...

September 14, 2017

PHS just received a collection of 35mm slides from the papers of Frances Mecca Gray, delivered to us by Dr. Carolyn Spatta-Eckhart. Gray was the first president of Damavand College, a private women's college in Tehran. This new batch of slides, shot between 1972 and 1975, brilliantly documents the life of the institution. You can see the full collection in this gallery.

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October 6, 2016

The leaders of the Reformation wanted to return to a faith and practice more consistent with the teachings of the Bible. Understanding God did not come from allegiance to a church, they argued, but through individual study of scripture. This led to a surge in production of new versions of the Bible. The Bibles produced during the Reformation were just as important as the individuals who led the movement.

The Historical Society has the privilege of preserving some of the most important...

April 13, 2016

The Presbyterian Historical Society documents the experiences of Presbyterians from across the country. As part of our series on regional histories, here are five stories about the Atlanta area collected by PHS.

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Before it was Atlanta, it was Marthasville. Before that, it was Terminus and Standing Peachtree...

February 19, 2016

In the expanding industrial city which was Philadelphia after the Civil War, a flood of new migrants doubled the African American population, already the largest in the North. Most of the new arrivals were freed slaves from the South, fleeing poverty, violence, and a landless future in an agricultural society. The Philadelphia black community soon grew beyond its old wards in the southeast corner of Center City. By 1879, the northwestern section of the city (now the Fairmount section), was home to more than six thousand African Americans, but with very few churches of any kind.

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