Please Support PHS in 2017
Dear Friends of PHS,
We all know the common stereotype of an archives: a dusty and quiet place that is rarely visited by any but the most erudite scholars.
Well…(imagine here a loud, throat-clearing sound)…at PHS we are proud to be so much more lively than that, and so much more useful.
By the end of 2017 we will have served 400 researchers in our reading room, 3,500 remote researchers who called or emailed PHS archivists with questions about our 500 years of unique holdings, and 150,000 history enthusiasts who found stories about the Presbyterian past and collections information on our website, Pearl online archives, or in PHS publications such as The Journal of Presbyterian History. If you read this year's last issue of PHS Matters, our monthly e-newsletter, you will see the pride we have in our work shining through.
Like everyone on the PHS staff, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to carry out our mission, and for the financial support we receive from the PC(USA), congregations, mid councils, and hundreds of individual contributors just like you. Your support allows PHS to discover inspirational stories of America’s religious history and to share them with the world.
As we reach the end of the year, I urge you to consider making an online gift that recognizes the abundance of meaningful assistance PHS provided in 2017. Your support, and your continued engagement with the history of the American Presbyterian experience, will enable us to connect with even more friends in 2018—in Philadelphia, in communities of study and reflection around the United States, and in the wider, ever-more virtual world.
Thank you for being a friend of PHS, and for any gift of support you are able to make in 2017. A grateful PHS staff wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
In grace and peace,
Beth S. Hessel
Executive Director, Presbyterian Historical Society