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January 31, 2019

--Beth Shalom Hessel, Executive Director

On January 5, 2019, one of the standard bearers for Presbyterian history, James Hutchinson Smylie, joined the great cloud of witnesses who have completed the race. As we join with family, friends, and colleagues in remembering his life and a ministry well-done...

January 25, 2019

--by Beth Shalom Hessel, Executive Director

The Presbyterian Historical Society staff, board, and volunteers join with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in mourning the loss of two fellow disciples and leaders in our denomination, the Rev. Dr. Leon Fanniel and the Rev. Dr. Laird Stuart. As we grieve their deaths, we also rejoice in the sure knowledge that Leon and Laird are living the promised fullness of life with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Famously and fondly remembered as “the Bishop” by pastors and lay leaders in the...

January 14, 2019

--By Fred Heuser

William Bayard Miller joined the church triumphant on December 14, 2018. When I learned of his passing, I was saddened by the loss of a dear friend, colleague, and mentor who served the church from 1957 until his retirement in 1989.

Bill was an innovator whose tenure as PHS Executive Director transformed a quaint Philadelphia institution into a...

December 14, 2018

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--by Beth S. Hessel, Executive Director

Earlier this year I saw a truck...

November 20, 2018

On November 5, I drove to Silver Spring, MD, to visit longtime director of the PC(USA) Washington Office and sometime lightning rod for the American far right, the Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory. In the course of our conversations, and a recorded oral history interview, I learned a great deal about the foundations of Rev. Giddings Ivory's work in legislative advocacy and ecumenism. I left town in the afternoon with an...

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