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January 27, 2023

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to award six Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations in 2023. The winners are:

Woodland Presbyterian Church (Paw Creek, N.C.), organized 1868
First Presbyterian Church (Jeffersonville, N.Y.), organized 1845
First Presbyterian Church (Lebanon, Ind.), organized 1840

February 15, 2022

In the wake of Brown v. Board ending legal segregation, and contending with the decades-long flight of white families from city centers, Presbyterians undertook efforts to merge city congregations, both as a practical and a moral matter. Second Presbyterian Church in Maryville Tennessee was merged into New Providence. Berea in St. Louis ministered to new white congregants as its Black...

January 18, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to award three Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations in 2022. The winners are:

Dakota Community Presbyterian Church (Dakota, Ill.), organized in 1846.
Westminster United Presbyterian Church (West Islip, N.Y.), organized in 1958.

June 8, 2021
Image via Pearl ID: 15971

PHS is happy to announce completion of the mass digitization of many of the original records of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, an undertaking paid for by the congregation. We salute the labor of our archives technicians and digitization coordinator, Cecilia, Sharon, and Allison. We thank the archivist at First Church, David Pultz, for his labor...

March 10, 2021

--by Douglas McVarish

[This post is the second in a series tracing the history of American Presbyterian Church architecture through individual churches. The first churches to be discussed will be those designated as National Historic Landmarks in recognition of their outstanding historical and/or architectural significance.]

The present home of the Downtown Presbyterian Church congregation was built in 1849, for the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. Located at 154 Fifth...

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