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December 16, 2013

American Presbyterians have been celebrating Christmas in the mission field since at least 1802, when the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (PCUSA) passed formal resolutions committing itself to spreading the good news among Indian Tribes and new settlers in North America. The PCUSA would go on to become the first Protestant denomination to organize a missions committee at a national level and, building on that success, the larger Board of Missions and the Board of Foreign Missions (today known as the ...

June 11, 2013

The PHS archives hold a number of family papers—sorted collections of records, correspondence, photographs, and other items the Society makes available to researchers. Bill Brock, our Collection Management Archivist, recently completed the Finding Aid for the Converse Family Papers (Record Group 474).

Four generations of Converses owned and operated the newspaper Christian...

May 22, 2013

Today creating content is very simple. Massive amounts of information and content is being created every day. We create so many word documents, photographs, excel files, presentations, and other...

December 14, 2012

Eight congregations have received 2012 Heritage Microfilming Grants:

  • First Presbyterian Church of Newton (Elmhurst, N.Y.), founded in 1652
  • Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (Lewisville, Pa.), founded in 1789
  • First Presbyterian Church (West Union, Ohio), founded in 1800
  • First Presbyterian Church (Liberty, N.Y.), founded in 1810
  • Second Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga,
  • ...
September 4, 2012

Ruben Armendáriz, a noted Mexican-American Presbyterian minister, was born in Austin, Texas, the son of a Presbyterian minister. His family followed his father to pastorates in southern Texas, California and Arizona. Armendáriz graduated from the Menaul School in 1949, served in the United States Navy until 1954, and returned to Austin to attend the University of Texas and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Ordained in 1961, Armendáriz served the Presbytery del Salvador, and was executive director of the...

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