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April 10, 2024

On April 4, Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor was joined by Dr. Hooman Estelami and descendants of John Haskell Shedd for a discussion on the history of Presbyterian missions in Persia.

John Haskell Shedd served as a missionary in the city of Urmia in Northwestern Persia beginning in 1859. During his time in Urmia, Shedd methodically recorded his observations and experiences as he conducted missionary work among Christian populations in the Turco-Persian border region during the late nineteenth century.

Following a presentation on the first community of Presbyterian...

November 15, 2022

On November 14, PHS staff was joined by four PHS Research Fellowship grant recipients for a panel discussion on conducting archival research at the Presbyterian Historical Society. The Fellows spoke about their research topics, their experiences visiting and researching in the PHS archives, and the impact the Research Fellowship had on their work.

The panel consisted of Dr. Reuben Loffman, 2022 Fellow; Sopanit "Dede" Angsusingha, 2022 Fellow; Dr. Connor Kenaston,...

October 25, 2022

On October 24, PHS Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor welcomed Dr. Gene Zubovich for a conversation about his new book, Before the Religious Right.

When we think about religion and politics in the United States today, we think of conservative evangelicals. But for much of the twentieth century it was liberal Protestants who most profoundly shaped American politics. Taylor and Zubovich discussed how leaders of the religious community influenced the fight for social justice by lobbying for the New Deal, marching against segregation, and protesting the Vietnam War.


September 16, 2022

Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers is an archives-based learning project that brings educators, students, and student-support networks from Community College of Philadelphia together with the material and staff resources of the Presbyterian Historical Society, a Philadelphia archive with over 500 years of history to explore.

On September 15, PHS staff welcomed participants in the BKBB project for a discussion of the students' projects, collaboration, access to the archives, source sets for educators, and more. Panelists included...

August 19, 2022

In the Sanctuary movement of the 1980s, American churches challenged the authority of the federal government by sheltering Central Americans who fled civil war and paramilitary death squads.

On August 18, PHS staff welcomed a number of individuals into a discussion about the Sanctuary movement. Speakers included Presbyterian Sanctuary workers Rev. John Fife and Mary Ann Lundy; Patty Barcelo, who fled Guatemala with her family as a child in the 1980s; and Amanda Craft, Manager of Immigration Advocacy at the Office of the General Assembly.

The group spoke about the power of the...

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