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October 15, 2020

On September 24 David Staniunas led a Zoom webinar on how PHS preserves the original records of PC(USA) congregations.

Almost uniquely among large national archives, PHS collects and preserves records at the local level, bringing in more than 200 churches’ records in more than 350 cubic feet every year. David Staniunas shows you simple tricks and lifehacks for keeping your original records decently and in order before they are sent to PHS where they can be held and accessed for free!


September 25, 2020

On September 10 Gabriela Zoller and Jenny Barr led a Zoom webinar on Sheppard, an online discovery tool named for William H. Sheppard (1865-1927), the first African American missionary in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.

Sheppard is where you can find descriptions of several specialized collections, including newly acquired archival materials; vertical files about significant...

September 1, 2020

On August 27, 2020, David Staniunas and Sonia Prescott led a Zoom webinar that looked at the African American Leaders & Congregations collecting initiative.

In recent years, PHS has brought human and capital resources to bear on collecting records of the African American Presbyterian experience--both the original records of African American congregations, and documentation of people’s lives and ministries. As a corrective measure for what Presbyterian historians have called a “historically...

August 20, 2020

On August 13, 2020, Jenny Barr led a Zoom webinar that explored the history of Presbyterian mission to China through records held at the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Watch the video below to take a brief look at the history of Presbyterian mission work in China, and to learn about the archival collections and other resources PHS has that document this fascinating topic. Included are examples of research done using the records of China missionaries.


July 20, 2020

On July 16, 2020, PHS staff led a Zoom webinar that took an in-depth look at Calvin, our online library catalog.

Watch the video below to see Charlene and Gabriela talk about what is, and what is not, described in Calvin; tips on searching and navigating Calvin; and how to create saved searches and lists of items.

Interested in hearing more from the PHS staff?...

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