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Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln's Presbyterian Connections
Few Presidents captivate the American imagination as deeply as Abraham Lincoln. The Presbyterian Historical Society holds materials by and about the Lincoln family, who attended services at Presbyterian churches in Springfield, Illinois, and Washington DC. PHS shares these resources for those interested in learning more.


2012: Prophecy and End Times in Words and Art
For Presbyterians in 2012, all the discussion about the end of the Mayan calendar may seem largely irrelevant to their lives and to their faith. However, for men like David Austin, John Lillie, and McKendree Robbins Long, eschatology profoundly shaped their beliefs as Christians and Presbyterians. The end times have been represented in both their words and their art; this exhibit showcases both types of items in the society's collection.


Reverend Henry C. McCook, 1861. Presbyterians and the Civil War: Witnesses to a Great Moral Earthquake
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, "Witnesses to a Great Moral Earthquake" uses sermons, manuscript diaries and letters, published materials, prints, and photographs drawn from our collections to share the stories of American Presbyterians during this pivotal moment in the history of the United States.


Learning to Sing: Presbyterian Hymnals and Psalters
In the beginning, Presbyterian governing bodies in America left the decision of whether to sing hymns or psalms up to individual congregations. As a result, Presbyterian churches across the young United States used a variety of psalters and hymnals in their worship.


Presbyterian involvement with "One Great Hour"
In late 1951, the new stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Eugene Carson Blake, embarked on a world tour to observe relief needs and report on his findings for the 1952 One Great Hour campaign. Accompanied by David Proffitt, president of the National Council of Presbyterian Men, Blake traveled to Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia. Their subsequent reports drew much attention to One Great Hour of Sharing, both in local congregations and in the secular and religious press.


Agricultural Missions in India: The Gospel and the Plow
Mahatma Gandhi said, "There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread." His concept of sarvodaya, the need to address the welfare of all, drove his work for social reform. Samuel Higginbottom, the man credited with founding Presbyterian agricultural mission work in India in the early 1900s, echoed Gandhi's convictions in his book, The Gospel and the Plow.


Church and Community: The Berean Enterprise
As African Americans migrated to the industrial centers of the north in the late nineteenth century, many did not have the necessary training to obtain employment. One of the primary supports for these new urban residents was the churches. Matthew Anderson, finding a void in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, assumed the challenges of establishing a church from a small meeting room, creating a kindergarten to educate the children, and developing a training school for those intent on improving their place in society. This is the Berean Enterprise.


Philadelphia Printers in the era of Benjamin Franklin
Philadelphia was the second English colony in America and saw its first printing press established by William Bradford (1663-1752) near Philadelphia‚ in 1686. Franklin and his cosmopolitan colleagues represent a rich printing tradition that was just one aspect of the vibrant colonial city that was Philadelphia--also the center of the nascent Presbyterian church in the American colonies.


Foundations of the Faith
Foundations of the Faith draws on images and objects from the Society's rich collections in reformation history. It includes materials relating to such early humanists as Bernard of Clairvaux and Erasmus; the early reformers Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and Philipp Melanchthon; and the founders of the Presbyterian tradition, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox.


Witness the Good News: Our Mission Heritage in Korea
Called the Hermit Nation due to its reputation for isolation, Korea was not as open to the introduction of Christianity as other Asian countries. In a land where Christianity was outlawed, the skill and bravery of Dr. Horace Allen, the first Presbyterian missionary in Korea, and other early missionaries, opened the door for Presbyterian missions. This online exhibition celebrates the achievements of these early missionaries as part of Heritage Sunday 2002.