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November 11, 2022

Vera Swann, a Presbyterian mission worker and educator whose family helped secure an end to segregated public education, died on November 10. She was 91.

She was born Vera Pearl Poe, April 11, 1931 in Cheraw, South Carolina, one of three sisters, and grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. Vera was educated at the Presbyterian Coulter Academy, and at Johnson C. Smith University, where she met Darius Leander Swann.

The couple were married in 1952 and began work as...

November 9, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is thrilled to welcome a new staff member this month! 

Ky Evans is joining the Technical Services team at PHS as an Archives Technician. 

Ky graduated from Haverford College this past Spring with a B.A. in Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Their main interests are the Chinese language and how written records influence the evolution of spoken language. They hope to pursue a PhD in linguistics at some point in the future.

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November 2, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to announce the online publishing of the sermons of the Rev. Milton Arthur Galamison. The sermons, spanning 1963 to 1965, are available in Pearl Digital Collections.

Beginning in 1964, ...

October 31, 2022

After a year-and-a-half delay due to the Covid pandemic, the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) opened its doors on October 6 to Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) students, faculty and our Philadelphia neighbors.  

Joining them to celebrate and explore the Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers (BKBB) student-led exhibit were PHS...

August 15, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to welcome a new staff member this month.

Elaine Shilstut will be joining the PHS staff as our Cataloging and Metadata Librarian.

Elaine comes to PHS from the University of Pennyslvania Libraries, where she worked as a Library Specialist in the Cataloging Department. In this position, she performed original and complex copy cataloging including authority work for various formats. She also managed the Penn dissertations workflow, supervised cataloging students, and trained paraprofessional staff. Elaine holds an MS in Library and...

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