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June 11, 2020

PHS Staff Statement on Black Lives Matter

In light of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the numerous people whose lives have been cut short by anti-Black violence, the staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society stands in support of Black people and People of Color, and against white supremacy and police brutality.

As keepers of history, we have a responsibility to not only document what has happened in the past but to recognize the history we are living through today. Standing in solidarity with Black and Brown...

January 23, 2018
Funeral service, Japanese Union Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1956. Via Los Angeles Public Library.

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to report that we have awarded Heritage Preservation Grants to four PC(USA) congregations. These include a California congregation dispersed by...

December 9, 2016

Sonia Prescott is the newest member to join the staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society. As our Reference Assistant, she is primarily responsible for retrieving materials from the archives for our in-house researchers and responding to reference inquiries, such as genealogy questions and requests for ...

February 8, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant to the Presbyterian Historical Society, the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The NEH grant will fund a 2016 conservation environment assessment of PHS’s archival facility in Society Hill—the first such study of the building in 25 years.

Natalie Shilstut, PHS Preservation Archivist, believes the assessment is a crucial step in providing for the future well-being of...

November 18, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society's executive director, Beth Hessel, and records archivist, David Staniunas, accompanied our Office of the General Assembly colleagues and hundreds of mid council leaders to Portland, Oregon, for the 2015 Polity Conference and associated meetings. Polity in odd-years takes place at the site of the next General Assembly, and the last time Presbyterians gathered in Portland, it looked like this:

The UPCUSA...

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