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March 30, 2020

The Presbyterian Historical Society has received a number of questions about Presbyterian denominations and the impact of the Influenza Pandemic that started in 1918. While our building is temporarily closed and our paper-based archival materials inaccessible, we will use PHS digital collections information and other online resources to share information with patrons.

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A good online resource for basic Presbyterian history research is Wikipedia, which links to digitized Minutes of the General Assembly...

March 30, 2020

The Presbyterian Historical Society has received a number of questions about Presbyterian denominations and the impact of the Influenza Pandemic that started in 1918. While our building is temporarily closed and our paper-based archival materials inaccessible, we will use PHS digital collections information and other online resources to share information with patrons.

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A good online resource for basic Presbyterian history research is Wikipedia, which links to digitized Minutes of the General Assembly...

September 16, 2019
William Phelps Thompson clippings and photographs, 1966. Pearl ID: 1947

--by Dean H. Lewis

William Phelps Thompson, the Kansas lawyer who was elected Moderator and then Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, was not noted for admitting error. However, in an October 15, 1991 letter, he publicly acknowledged having changed his mind on a contentious issue on which his earlier position had been critical.

The 1978 United Presbyterian General...

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...

January 26, 2019

In 1978, the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. approved a minority report from the Task Force to Study Homosexuality. The report prohibited presbyteries from ordaining...

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