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November 21, 2022

Ninety-seven years ago, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. joined the Reformed Church in America in support of the work of Rev. Jose Coffin of Chiapas. As we continue to document the Protestant heritage of Latin America and the Caribbean, we'd like to share this article by Princeton Seminary's Mark Lewis Taylor, originally published 27 October 1999 in The Christian Century, republished in part here with the author's permission...

November 7, 2022
David Miller (right) and Polly Miller (center) with Ben Masilo (left) in Lesotho, circa 1985. Pearl ID: islandora:293605 [RG 537, Box 3, Folder 8]

The David and Polly Miller Papers have been processed as Record Group 537, and the guide to the records is now available: ...

August 4, 2022
Iranian landscape, from the Shedd family papers; Michael Mar Yosip, from the Davidson College yearbook, 1911.

by Phil Hanna and David Staniunas

Michael Mar Yosip's declaration of intent to naturalize indicates that he came to America from Portsmouth, England, on the vessel Philadelphia, arriving in late August of 1905. He describes himself as having a...

May 23, 2022

--by Matthew K. Shannon

Matthew Shannon is Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College and 2021-2022 Research Fellow at the Baskerville Institute. The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to partner with him for the Community School Oral History Project. Click here to learn more

In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I asked PHS to digitize two 16-millimeter silent motion picture films. The films,...

January 14, 2022

 

University of Southern California doctoral candidate April Makgoeng researching the National Council of Churches records in the reading room.

--by April Chabries Makgoeng

The abundance of mission-related events and materials disseminated throughout the United States and Canada meant that many North American Protestants had some exposure to foreign missions during the first half of the twentieth century. “Protestant missionaries,” according to historian William Hutchison, “were the chief interpreters of remote cultures for the people at...

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