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December 8, 2014

This fall, Michael Carroll joined PHS as a part-time Archives Technician. A recent graduate of Temple University, Michael is working with Records Archivist David Staniunas and other members of the Technical Services team to ship and receive archival material, process collections, and perform maintenance and administrative archives tasks. Some of Michael’s specific duties include writing collection inventories, sorting and filing publications and print ephemera, and reshelving.

Michael is no stranger to archives, having worked as a Digitization Specialist in Temple University...

November 13, 2014

On September 20, 2014, friends of the Presbyterian Historical Society gathered at Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church for a special event, In the Midst of Them: Shaping Sacred Spaces. The event explored how churches and church leaders define and create sacred spaces within different communities.

The gathering featured a unique worship service with music by the Old Pine Sacred Jazz Ensemble, led by Warren Cooper. After a welcome message from Old Pine’s pastor...

September 5, 2014

It’s been a busy summer at PHS, what with the General Assembly, our first foray into digitizing church records, and the planning of our September 20th event, "In the Midst of Them: Shaping Sacred Spaces." Amid all this activity we wanted to...

August 14, 2012

Do our heritage and our history offer the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) hope for the future? This is a question that I have had to respond to several times in the last few months. But the more significant question, I believe, is what our heritage and history afford us in a time of uncertainty--a time like we are experiencing now.

Presbyterians have lived through uncertain times, time and time again. For Reformed Christians, the Reformation and the Counter Reformation posed challenges with an outcome that was unknown and certainly not guaranteed. For the Scot-...

April 17, 2012

Shortly after celebrating its 60th anniversary in 1912, PHS president Henry Van Dyke articulated his vision for a future Presbyterian Historical Society.

The Society, he noted, “should have a home of its own [in Philadelphia], designed and fitted for its special use…ready to welcome all visitors and guests.” Van Dyke added, “Such a house would surely become…a meeting place for people of good will and loyal memories who do not forget the faith and deeds of their forefathers.”

It would take another 55 years for Van Dyke’s...

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