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April 27, 2020
Last year, PHS completed the Religious News Service digitization pilot project. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we were able to scan nearly 500 photographs from the Religious News Service photograph collection and add them to our digital collection in Pearl.

Early in the project, I scanned photographs from the 1980s. So why, I asked myself, did I find an...

April 15, 2020

In 1946, the world felt uncertain. A massive war had devastated much of Europe, forcing some countries to rebuild while others grappled with their newfound influence. Humanitarian crises, threats of nuclear war, economic and political duress, and overall fear destabilized the globe.

In response to...

October 22, 2019
RNS photo showing Father Hubert Celis, a prison chaplain in Brussels, Belgium, being welcomed on his arrival in New York City to serve as "grandfather" at the Bar Mitzvah of Norman Wolbrom. Pearl ID: 151705

On June 18, 1965, Father Hubert Celis of Belgium arrived in New York City to be present for the Bar Mitzvah of Norman Wolbrom, son of Regine Rotenberg Wolbrom. Regine and her siblings survived the Holocaust thanks to the Celis family, and Father Hubert was...

September 19, 2019

In 2018, the Presbyterian Historical Society received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant. The grant funded a planning project for the future digitization and sharing of photographs from the Religious News Service (RNS) collection, one of the first news outlets to report about religion across faiths and denominations. The historical RNS photographs—most with extensive captions—document the history of Protestant...

April 10, 2018

The Presbyterian Historical Society is the proud recipient of a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant.

Announced yesterday, the $44,000 grant award allows PHS to digitize photographs from its large Religious News Service collection and to plan for future sharing of the entire RNS collection online.

The historical RNS photographs held in Philadelphia include 68,000 images dating from 1945 through 1982. The photographs—most with...

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