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March 18, 2020
Oil painting of Lydia Bailey by Jacob Eichholtz, 1827. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Bound tight in a wrap of worn scarlet-leather, the thin little book hid snug, sandwiched between an assortment of larger, to-be-cataloged books with unexceptional covers and designs. I’d plucked the random selection off the mint-green shelving unit where they, like hundreds of other books, stood staged, awaiting my cataloguing attention. As I’d done every workday prior, I planned to...

February 18, 2020

--by Lisa Jacobson, Senior Reference Archivist

As Presbyterians around the country prepare to gather in Baltimore for the 224th General Assembly this summer, the Presbyterian Historical Society is highlighting Baltimore’s Presbyterian history. Today we look at two historically African American congregations: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and Grace Presbyterian Church. 

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

For at least 175 years,...

February 14, 2020
Cover of 2019 book by Marcus Paul. Click here for book information.

--by Marcus Paul

Traveling 4,000 miles to read a particular document is a fairly serious undertaking in terms of time and money. In my case, to say it was worth it is an understatement.

I had arrived at Lombard Street, Philadelphia from the UK in a very cold April. The city was bare of...

November 15, 2019

It was my great privilege to share some time with friends and neighbors in North Carolina in October, a four-day jaunt that bears reflecting on.

On my first day in town, I flew into Charlotte to meet the Rev. Jerry Cannon at his church, CN Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian, chiefly to talk about preserving the personal records of his sister, the late Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon. Jerry...

July 16, 2019

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

Baltimore's first Presbyterian church

Mt. Paran Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in the Presbytery of...

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