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March 19, 2023

What is your role at PHS? What do you do from day-to-day?

I’ve been Records Archivist here since 2011, and the role exists to accession incoming archival collections. That means that any box of stuff that comes in, I’m the person who unpacks it, separates out non-permanent stuff for return or disposal, describes the permanent stuff, takes some very basic preservation actions (usually pulling vinyl binders or old plastic, adding acid free folders or sleeves) and gets the new collection on the shelf.

More than a third of our incoming collections come...

March 7, 2023

The Presbyterian Historical Society happily welcomes Jill Chancellor to our staff! Jill joins us as Reference Archivist. As a member of the Public Services team, she will respond to remote reference inquiries, assist onsite researchers in our reading room, and contribute to outreach activities. 

A native of Oklahoma, Jill earned masters degrees in Library Science and History from Simmons University in Boston. She most recently worked for the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections.

Her first day was February 27. Welcome, Jill!

February 15, 2023

What is your role at PHS? What do you do from day-to-day?

I am the PHS executive director.  I spend a lot of my time attending meetings and talking with staff, Board members, OGA colleagues, and other collaborators—both within and outside the PC(USA).  Good, two-way communication is key to everything with do.  I also directly support our development program and The Journal of Presbyterian History, and I guide decisions about our building, financial matters, and other operations.

How does your work support the mission of PHS?...

January 19, 2023

We are happy to welcome Joyce Rivera to the Presbyterian Historical Society as our new Public Services Assistant! Her first day was Tuesday, January 17.

Joyce enjoys studying ancient, cultural, and church history and has a passion for uniting people through the interpretation of history. She obtained a Masters degree in History with a concentration in Public History from SNHU (Southern New Hampshire University) and has interned at the archives of Taller...

November 9, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is thrilled to welcome a new staff member this month! 

Ky Evans is joining the Technical Services team at PHS as an Archives Technician. 

Ky graduated from Haverford College this past Spring with a B.A. in Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Their main interests are the Chinese language and how written records influence the evolution of spoken language. They hope to pursue a PhD in linguistics at some point in the future.

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