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July 29, 2021

In between winter's renewed quaratine and the summer's burgeoning Delta variant, Americans returned to their restaurants, offices, and churches. Our constituents learned from a year of remote work and remote worship exactly how to administrate church work in a new way. And individual and group researchers looked for the pure stuff of remembrance and witness. All this and more shaped our work in the archives in the spring of 2021.

 

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April 29, 2021

Over winter, your archivists sheltered at home once more, as new waves of the coronavirus pandemic crashed against our country's medical first responders and their intensive care wards. We beheld a transition of federal power, and watched white supremacists stage a recruitment drive on the steps of the Capitol. We held out hope for the renewal of a church whose building was burned down by a white supremacist, and we digitized and shared the...

November 25, 2020

From July through September 2020, as Presbyterians unwound after the first remote General Assembly and greeted the church's first indigenous moderator, part of a team that promised to bring the past forward, the nation around us haltingly, often violently, did the same thing. While basketball playoffs and the World Series and the looming threat of college football muffled the clamor in the nation, the usual programming could not drown out...

August 17, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania reported 11 deaths due to COVID-19. On June 30, it reported 35. In the intervening months, 7,000 Pennsylvanians died of the pandemic virus, the United States rapidly eclipsed the whole European Union as the epicenter of the disease, travel restrictions were placed on Americans headed abroad, and Disneyworld, of all things,...

April 23, 2020

On March 16 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued safer-at-home orders and closed non-essential businesses because of the coronavirus outbreak. Right up until that point, your archivists were at work in our building, and we're proud to tell you about it.

In the first quarter Allison and Cecilia scanned 20,449 images, among them new content from...

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