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May 26, 2020

Eight student panelists from the Community College of Philadelphia are creating an exhibit as a part of Building Knowledge & Breaking Barriers: An Archives-Based Learning Project. Here two of the panelists discuss their hopes for the project and the PHS archives.

Interviewer Stephanie Santoro: How did you hear about and enter the program?

Briana Anthony: I was introduced through a CCP History in Architecture class taught by Professor Miles Grosbard.

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May 21, 2020
 
--by Chris Ludd

The Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church stands nobly at the corner of Germantown and Mt. Pleasant Avenues, in Philadelphia's northwest. A part of the community for well over a century, the church has a history that connects to one of the most prominent Presbyterian churches in Philadelphia, the Market Square Church.

From before its formal organization in 1880 to the present, the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church evolved from a small Bible study group born from...

March 18, 2020
Oil painting of Lydia Bailey by Jacob Eichholtz, 1827. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Bound tight in a wrap of worn scarlet-leather, the thin little book hid snug, sandwiched between an assortment of larger, to-be-cataloged books with unexceptional covers and designs. I’d plucked the random selection off the mint-green shelving unit where they, like hundreds of other books, stood staged, awaiting my cataloguing attention. As I’d done every workday prior, I planned to...

September 26, 2019
Gayraud S. Wilmore, Jr., 1960. [Pearl ID: 5065]

--by Douglas H. Brown Clark

A New Black Presbyterian Church

One spring day in 1937, a few white Presbyterians approached two black community leaders on a street corner in North Philadelphia. The white Presbyterians’ local church had been dwindling. African Americans had been moving into the community from the American South in droves as a part of the Great Migration, and...

April 17, 2019

Last week I visited Holy Trinity-Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia's Logan neighborhood, to help Elaine McCray and Bridget Jamison appraise a couple of room's worth of archival material. Elaine and Bridget drove the collection down here earlier this week, and its ten and a half cubic feet of records speak to the Logan congregation's enduring witness in its changing neighborhoods.

Holy Trinity-Bethlehem is a merged church -- its older ancestor, Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, was organized at Broad and Diamond Streets in Philadelphia in 1873. Bethlehem was an early adopter...

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