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November 17, 2020

Editor’s note: In the Poethig family papers at PHS researchers can find two intertwined stories about the history of the Plymouth Colony: (1) a study of Plymouth’s founding 400 years ago written by Eunice Blanchard Poethig and (2) the story of the Poethigs’ connection to that history, written by Richard and Eunice...

March 1, 2019

The next U.S. presidential primary election will feature at least three viable women candidates—a development that would have no doubt thrilled Presbyterian minister and leader, Eunice Poethig. PHS recently completed the processing of Poethig’s papers, and they illuminate her advocacy work in expanding the numbers of women and people from other marginalized communities serving as leaders in ministry and civic life.

Eunice was born in 1930 to Pete and Juliet Blanchard, and they...

February 9, 2018

--By Richard Poethig

A recent Wall Street Journal article caught my attention, its title, “Christian Missionaries Against Colonialism,” setting my mind in motion back through time. In the article the historian David A. Hollinger makes the case that missionary work stopped being a carrier of colonial imperialism in the 20th century. Hollinger’s recent book, Protestants...

September 9, 2016

--By Richard P. Poethig

Change was in the air when our family returned to the U.S. in the Spring of 1972 from Manila. The demise of American manufacturing was becoming a national preoccupation. The loss of the U.S. industrial base, and the jobs that went with it...

May 11, 2016

--By Richard P. Poethig

The issue of limited land and growing population is a dynamic that today confronts many nations, including the United States. In the case of the Philippines, a nation with a population that has grown from a 1903 census figure of just under 8 million people to a 2016 figure of 101 million people, it is a ...

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