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November 9, 2022

In 2019, with grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, PHS digitized nearly 500 images from the RNS photograph collection all of which are now viewable in Pearl. The photographs chosen for the project spanned various years, topic, faiths, and geographical locations, but all supported the Religious News Service’s mission to document twentieth...

August 26, 2022
Photograph of Corbett (right) receiving an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Huron College, South Dakota, June 1968. Pearl ID: islandora:288041 [RG 535, Box 18, Folder 13]

The Cecil Corbett Papers have been processed as Record Group 535, and the guide to the records is now available:...

November 23, 2021
The Indian School at Fort Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1877-1907. [Pearl ID: 103135]

As the 225th General Assembly prepares to address the historic injustices toward Indigenous peoples harmed by the Presbyterian Church, PHS has turned to its collections to provide an account of Native American schools with historical ties to the PC(USA) and its predecessor

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September 17, 2020

Recently, we highlighted elder Tillie Paul Tamaree for our #HistoricalFigureFriday series on social media. She was the first Native American woman elected as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Before her election as elder in 1930, Tillie Paul worked as a translator, civil rights advocate, and missionary educator within the Tlingit community in the Pacific Northwest.

The Tlingit are indigenous peoples of that region. Their language is the Tlingit language in which the name means "People of the Tides."

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May 12, 2019

On March 25th, the Charles H. Cook Memorial Building of the First Presbyterian Church of Sacaton, Arizona burned to the ground. Authorities of the Gila River Indian Community soon arrested three suspects for arson. For one church elder, the fire was a reminder of...

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