American Catholic Historical Society

American Catholic Historical Society The American Catholic Historical Society (ACHS) was founded for the purpose of collecting and preser Executive Director: The Rev. Msgr. James P. Michael H. Edgar F.
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Members of the Society come from all faiths and the membership has no restrictions on race, religion or national origin. Today the Society’s membership is represented in all parts of the world. Among its Presidents have been Ambassadors, Bishops, Physicians, Judges and business leaders. McCoy
President: Mr. Finnegan
Vice President: Dr. Nicholas Rademacher
Treasurer: Mr. Welsh
Recording Secretary:

Mr. Christopher Gibbons
Corresponding Secretary: Mr. Matt S***z

Board of Managers
Mr. Lou Baldwin
Msgr. Richard Bolger
Mr. Thomas S. Coffey
Msgr. Gregory Fairbanks
Mr. Lou Ferrero
Mr. James A. Fitzsimmons, III
Mr. Eric German
Mr. John J. Grogan
Dr. Patrick Hayes
Ms. Kathleen S. Kahlau
Dr. Margaret McGuinness
Mr. Edward McMerty
Fr. John McNamee
Dr. Tia N. Pratt
Dr. Thomas Rzeznik
Dr. Rodger Van Allen

Board of Managers Emeriti
Ms. Amy W. Cline
Mr. James Qualter

Standing Committees
Publication
Co-Chair: Dr. Thomas Rzeznik
Co-Chair: Dr. Nicholas Rademacher

Finance
Chair: Mr. Welsh

Speakers and Social Network
Chair: Dr. Thomas Rzeznik

House
Chair: Mr. Fitzsimmons

Archival
Chair: Mr. Louis N. Ferrero

Membership
Chair: Dr. Nicholas Rademacher

Art and Artifacts
Chair: Dr. Patrick Hayes

Barry Dinner
Co-Chairs: Michael and Susan Finnegan

Contact
[email protected]

Last call!  There's still time to register if you'd like to join us  tomorrow -- Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm, on ZOOM -- ...
10/23/2023

Last call! There's still time to register if you'd like to join us tomorrow -- Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm, on ZOOM -- for our fall lecture by Dr. John McGreevy. He will be speaking on his new book, Global Catholicism. Visit amchs.org to RSVP.

Our Fall issue is now available online, with print copies on our way to subscribers.  The issue includes a story of scan...
10/04/2023

Our Fall issue is now available online, with print copies on our way to subscribers. The issue includes a story of scandal at St. Peter's Church in New York in 1806, a roundtable on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Bishops' 1986 peace pastoral, a story of the ACHS scrapbooks, and a fascinating cover essay on the stereoscope craze of the early twentieth century. Check it out!

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Our thanks to Dr. Patrick Hayes for his fascinating presentation on the ACHS scrapbooks and the early history of the Soc...
09/24/2023

Our thanks to Dr. Patrick Hayes for his fascinating presentation on the ACHS scrapbooks and the early history of the Society. And thanks to all who joined us, whether in-person or on Zoom. If you're looking to learn more about our upcoming events, or to become a members, visit our website, amchs.org

REMINDER:  Join us next Sunday, September 24, at 2:00 PM for our first event of the 2023-2024 season.  We're delighted t...
09/17/2023

REMINDER: Join us next Sunday, September 24, at 2:00 PM for our first event of the 2023-2024 season. We're delighted to have ACHS board member Patrick Hayes talking about "Scrapbook Historiography," and the early history of the Society -- and what that tells us about Catholic life in Philadelphia in the late nineteenth century. The event is Free and Open to the Public, with the option for in-person or online attendance. RSVP via the link.
https://amchs.org/.../scrapbook-historiography-the.../...

This in-person conference may be of interest to our members...
09/12/2023

This in-person conference may be of interest to our members...

Register for the inaugural CROSS conference! The deadline for registration is this Friday, September 15. Register at: https://diocesanarchivists.org/?page_id=995.

Join us two weeks from today, on Sunday, September 24, at 2:00 PM for our first event of the 2023-2024 season.  We're de...
09/10/2023

Join us two weeks from today, on Sunday, September 24, at 2:00 PM for our first event of the 2023-2024 season. We're delighted to have ACHS board member Patrick Hayes talking about "Scrapbook Historiography," and the early history of the Society -- and what that tells us about Catholic life in Philadelphia in the late nineteenth century. The event is Free and Open to the Public, with the option for in-person or online attendance. RSVP via the link.

https://amchs.org/event/scrapbook-historiography-the-achss-early-history/?event_date=2023-09-24

Hear ye! Hear ye!  Read all about it!  Check out our 2023 annual newsletter to learn about the work of the Society and o...
08/31/2023

Hear ye! Hear ye! Read all about it! Check out our 2023 annual newsletter to learn about the work of the Society and our upcoming events for 2023-2024.

And if you're not yet a member, please consider joining today. Your membership helps support the Society and includes a subscription to our award-winning quarterly journal, American Catholic Studies.

Check out our 2023 annual newsletter to learn about the ACHS, its activities, and our schedule for the upcoming 2023-2024 year! Members should have already received their print copy in the mail. …

Our annual newsletter is on its way!  Members should be receiving their copies in the mail today or early next week.  We...
08/26/2023

Our annual newsletter is on its way! Members should be receiving their copies in the mail today or early next week. We invite you to take a look to learn about our activities and to view our calendar of events for the upcoming 2023-2024 year. If you're not yet a member, we will have the newsletter posted on our website soon.

The Summer 2023 issue of American Catholic Studies is hitting mailboxes this week.  (Online access coming soon.)  Take a...
06/29/2023

The Summer 2023 issue of American Catholic Studies is hitting mailboxes this week. (Online access coming soon.) Take a look at the About This Issue to learn more about all the great content.

We're especially delighted to feature a special film reviews section and a cover essay based on the exhibit on "That '70s Catholicism" currently on display at the ACHS house. (If you've not yet seen the exhibit, don't fret: it will remain up throughout the coming year.)

We're very pleased to share this announcement.  Thanks to the support of our members and benefactors, the ACHS has been ...
06/20/2023

We're very pleased to share this announcement.

Thanks to the support of our members and benefactors, the ACHS has been able to fund the ongoing digitization of the Catholic Standard and Times, the Philadelphia archdiocesan newspaper.

Issues from 1916 to 1930 have just been added to the Catholic News Archive, a free, online, fully searchable resource.

Visit www.thecatholicnewsarchive.org to access the material and to learn more about this important period in American Catholic history in Philadelphia and beyond.

Thanks to generous support from the American Catholic Historical Society, fourteen more years of Catholic Standard & Times, spanning from 1916 to 1930, have just been added to the Catholic News Archives, a free online resource that provides access to twenty historic Catholic newspapers and news agencies from across the country from as early as the 1830s. All material is fully searchable by date and keyword.

Access to these newly digitized issues allows individuals to learn about many important issues, including:

- Catholic involvement in World War I and responses to the 1919 influenza epidemic
- Catholic institutional development during a period of immense brick-and-mortar growth
- Catholic reactions to women’s suffrage, prohibition, and other political issues of the period
- Catholic responses to renewed Nativism and anti-immigrant sentiment
- Catholic community life and social engagement among diverse communities

This most recent grant from the American Catholic Historical Society builds on an earlier donation that supported the digitization of the Catholic Standard & Times from 1944 to 1963. The Catholic Standard & Times, the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was published between 1895 and 2012.

The material can be access by visiting: https://thecatholicnewsarchive.org/

An important new book will soon appear on the Church and enslavement. It's author will be in Philadelphia in the coming ...
06/10/2023

An important new book will soon appear on the Church and enslavement. It's author will be in Philadelphia in the coming days. Details in the link... http://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/event/123734?fbclid=IwAR3dqbHUHsQ61d5xPx3THkK8mOnP8w8zU1wO3fJQrW7rr_JF0CS3L2Onpxk

REGISTER In conversation with Erica Armstrong Dunbar Referred to by acclaimed historian Annette Gordon-Reed as a work of prodigious research, expert storytelling, and deep empathy, Rachel L. Swarns The 272 details the ways in which slavery helped spur the growth of the Catholic Church in the United....

Happy anniversary to our neighbor across the street! From our windows we can look on the facade of Old St. Mary's, a jew...
05/23/2023

Happy anniversary to our neighbor across the street! From our windows we can look on the facade of Old St. Mary's, a jewel in Old City's crown.

Old St. Mary’s traces its history to 1763, when a second church was needed for the growing number of Catholics in the city. Built on land originally bought to serve as a cemetery for Old St. Joseph’s, Old St. Mary’s was referred to as “Mission Number 1” as St. Joseph’s was seen as the pr...

UPDATE:  Our lecture this Sunday, May 7, will be held entirely online.  Please join us at 2:00pm on Zoom for "Irish Immi...
05/05/2023

UPDATE: Our lecture this Sunday, May 7, will be held entirely online. Please join us at 2:00pm on Zoom for "Irish Immigrants and Native Americans in the Trans-Mississippi West". If interested, there's still time to sign up. Click on the link to register:

Update: The lecture will be held on Zoom. Free and open to the public! Sunday, May 7, 2023 @ 2:00 pm In this talk, Dr. Conor J. Donnan will discuss the political solidarity that developed between …

Welcome to our spring lecturer, Dr. Maggie McGuiness, a professor emerita at LaSalle University. Her talk tonight on her...
04/18/2023

Welcome to our spring lecturer, Dr. Maggie McGuiness, a professor emerita at LaSalle University. Her talk tonight on her forthcoming book has a local saint as its center piece: St. Katharine Drexel and her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament who have been integral to American Catholic life in the US.

Spring has arrived -- and so has the Spring 2023 issue of American Catholic Studies.  Check it out!  It features an thre...
04/10/2023

Spring has arrived -- and so has the Spring 2023 issue of American Catholic Studies. Check it out!

It features an three-part article on Black Catholic Archives; an account of "The Nun Hit by a Brick" during a Civil Rights march in Chicago; a profile of William J. Kenealy, SJ of Boston College Law School; and a cover essay celebrating the 50th anniversary of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby.

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REMINDER:  Join us on Tuesday, April 18 for our annual Spring Lecture.  We're delighted to have Dr. Maggie McGuinness of...
04/02/2023

REMINDER: Join us on Tuesday, April 18 for our annual Spring Lecture. We're delighted to have Dr. Maggie McGuinness of La Salle University speaking on her new book: St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters Who Shared Her Vision. Click on the link to RSVP.

Lecture with an option for online attendance Tuesday, April 18, 2023 5:00pm Social Hour | 6:00pm Dinner | 7:00pm Dr. Margaret M. McGuinness will speak on her new biography of St. Katharine Dr…

Join us on Tuesday, April 18 for our annual Spring Lecture.  We're delighted to have Dr. Maggie McGuinness speaking on h...
03/20/2023

Join us on Tuesday, April 18 for our annual Spring Lecture. We're delighted to have Dr. Maggie McGuinness speaking on her new biography of St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters who shared her vision. RSVP via the link.

Lecture with an option for online attendance Tuesday, April 18, 2023 5:00pm Social Hour | 6:00pm Dinner | 7:00pm Dr. Margaret M. McGuinness will speak on her new biography of St. Katharine Dr…

On this St. Patrick's Day we give thanks for such charitable organizations as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Here's a...
03/17/2023

On this St. Patrick's Day we give thanks for such charitable organizations as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Here's a new blog post from our partners at the CHRCAP...

On St. Patrick’s Day in 1771, a group of Irish immigrants met to form a social group, Members included, Stephen Moylan (later secretary to George Washington), Thomas Fitzsimmons (one of only two Catholics to sign the Constitution), and George Meade (banker and trustee of Old. St. Mary’s).[1] The...

03/07/2023

Save the date! The ACHA will host a hybrid conference on March 24-25, bringing together academic historians and archivists to discuss Native American Boarding Schools and the recorded legacy of the Catholic Church in their operation. The conference is funded through the ACHA’s SHARP grant—a one-year project designed to place historians, archivists, and members of Native communities in conversation and collaboration.

To register and view the complete program, go to: https://achahistory.org/sharp2023/

Shawn Weldon, who has been a faithful care taker of ACHS records and memorabilia for over three decades, retires this we...
02/28/2023

Shawn Weldon, who has been a faithful care taker of ACHS records and memorabilia for over three decades, retires this week with our heartfelt thanks and congratulations! Many blessings on your retirement, Shawn!

If you missed this past Sunday's talk on St. Elizabeth's Parish, the recording is now available on our website:
02/23/2023

If you missed this past Sunday's talk on St. Elizabeth's Parish, the recording is now available on our website:

St. Elizabeth Parish, founded in North Philadelphia in 1872 to serve a German immigrant population, would later be transformed as African Americans fleeing the harsh realities of segregation in th…

Welcome, Ms. Connie McCulla--today's spotlight on local history lecturer.
02/19/2023

Welcome, Ms. Connie McCulla--today's spotlight on local history lecturer.

Our friends at St. Joseph's University invite anyone interested to join them for a lecture on the history of Jesuit high...
02/09/2023

Our friends at St. Joseph's University invite anyone interested to join them for a lecture on the history of Jesuit higher education in the United States by Dr. Michael Rizzi, the author of a new book on Jesuit colleges and universities. The talk will take place on Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30, both in-person and virtual.

Reminder:  Join us on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm for a talk by Connie McCalla on "St. Elizabeth's Parish, Philadelph...
02/08/2023

Reminder: Join us on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm for a talk by Connie McCalla on "St. Elizabeth's Parish, Philadelphia: Forged in the Fires of the Great Migration." The event is free and open to the public, with the option for in-person or online attendance. Follow the link to RSVP.

Spotlight on Local History St. Elizabeth Parish, founded in North Philadelphia in 1872 to serve a German immigrant population, would later be transformed as African Americans fleeing the harsh rea…

An excellent new blog post from our friends at the Archdiocesan Archives...
02/02/2023

An excellent new blog post from our friends at the Archdiocesan Archives...

On March 26, 1889, Archbishop Patrick Ryan wrote to Mother Katharine Drexel to inform her that he had secured a priest to minister to the Black Catholics in Philadelphia.[1] There had been a growing need for a dedicated ministry for some time. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Black Catholics

Join us on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00pm for our next lecture.  We are pleased to have Ms. Connie McCalla speak on “St. ...
01/27/2023

Join us on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00pm for our next lecture. We are pleased to have Ms. Connie McCalla speak on “St. Elizabeth Parish, Philadelphia: Forged in the Fires of the Great Migration.” The lecture will chronicle the unique story of the reclamation of a parish community that transformed it into a dynamic and innovative Black Catholic parish. The event is FREE and open to the public, with a choice of in-person or on-line attendance. For more details and to register, visit: https://amchs.org/event/st-elizabeths-parish-philadelphia-forged-in-the-fire-of-the-great-migration/?event_date=2023-02-19

Listening to Dr. Thomas Rzeznik open this year's lecture series. He's describing the ACHS's newest exhibit on That '70s ...
01/22/2023

Listening to Dr. Thomas Rzeznik open this year's lecture series. He's describing the ACHS's newest exhibit on That '70s Catholicism.

01/19/2023

American Catholic Studies, the journal of the American Catholic Historical Society, has published a history of Pax Christi USA as the cover story of its most recent issue (Volume 133, No. 4). Use t…

The latest issue of the journal is now available.  Check out our great articles and reviews.  Not yet a member-subscribe...
01/13/2023

The latest issue of the journal is now available. Check out our great articles and reviews.

Not yet a member-subscriber? Join the ACHS by visiting our website, www. amchs.org. All members are automatically enrolled as subscribers to our award-winning quarterly journal.

REMINDER:   Join us on Sunday, January 22 for the opening of our new exhibit -- That 70s Catholicism.  The house will op...
01/12/2023

REMINDER: Join us on Sunday, January 22 for the opening of our new exhibit -- That 70s Catholicism. The house will open at 1:00pm, followed by a lecture at 2:00pm by the exhibit curator, Dr. Thomas Rzeznik.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The lecture will be livestreamed via Zoom. Click on the link for more details.

https://amchs.org/event/exhibit-opening-and-lecture-that-70s-catholicism/?event_date=2023-01-22

New year - New exhibit! Please join us on Sunday, January 22 for the opening of our new exhibit -- That '70s Catholicism. The house will open at 1:00pm, followed by a lecture at 2:00pm by the exhibit curator, Dr. Thomas Rzeznik.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The lecture will be livestreamed via Zoom. Click on the link for more details.

https://amchs.org/event/exhibit-opening-and-lecture-that-70s-catholicism/?event_date=2023-01-22

New year - New exhibit!  Please join us on Sunday, January 22 for the opening of our new exhibit -- That '70s Catholicis...
01/04/2023

New year - New exhibit! Please join us on Sunday, January 22 for the opening of our new exhibit -- That '70s Catholicism. The house will open at 1:00pm, followed by a lecture at 2:00pm by the exhibit curator, Dr. Thomas Rzeznik.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The lecture will be livestreamed via Zoom. Click on the link for more details.

https://amchs.org/event/exhibit-opening-and-lecture-that-70s-catholicism/?event_date=2023-01-22

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I am deeply grateful to the American Catholic Historical Society for the Barry Award it graciously bestowed upon me last Friday evening. A shepherd without a flock isn’t much of a shepherd at all. So, I accepted this Barry Award with prayerful gratitude in the name of all of the priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

I am sharing a very moving video that they put together. It brought back many great memories about my family, my friends, and my priesthood. Please join me in thanking ACHS for its steadfast dedication to preserving our shared Catholic heritage. When the COVID-19 chapter of Archdiocesan history is written for posterity, it will be said that we saw Christ in one another and triumphed over darkness by imitating his example of love. May future generations benefit from that example when they face their own societal challenges. May God bless you and your Advent journey abundantly!
I was honored and humbled, last evening, to be this year’s recipient of the American Catholic Historical Society’s (AMCHS) Barry Award. It was wonderful to participate in the gathering and celebrate all the good work the society, its members, and benefactors have done, over its close to 140 years in existence, to preserve the historical significance and countless contributions of the Church to society, throughout the Philadelphia region.

“Founded in 1884, the society's goal has been to collect, research and maintain a history of Catholic contributions to our culture. From the beginning of our history, Catholics have been instrumental in adding to the forward progress of our nation.” https://amchs.org

May God bless all involved with the AMCHS.
Dear Colleagues,
The office of Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Museum is now accepting applications for an upcoming seminar for seminary faculty, clergy, and advanced graduate students: "Teaching the Holocaust and the Christian Tradition." The seminar will be held virtually between June 23 and July 2. Please message me directly if you have any questions and feel free to share with your personal networks.
* Application deadline extended to April 30 *

Details can be found here: https://www.ushmm.org/research/opportunities-for-academics/faculty-seminars/ethics-religion-holocaust/annual-seminar?fbclid=IwAR0NiijVXg7MxDdCoOJrwlMpxMwIHXPyfl57EmoKD9ktg7tnGDOnX2enEI4
"Remember The 27 Crusaders" (Father Judge Students KIA Vietnam) airing throughout The City of Philadelphia on cable on Veterans Day 6:00 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. Watch on Xfinity 66/966HD/967 | Verizon 29/30 | Roku | Apple TV | available to view free online thru Veterans Day and new batch of DVD's available.

Watch "Remember The 27 Crusaders" free online thru Veterans Day:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6_H4JpxjcA
If you're in Philly this coming Tuesday...
An Event at the Union League

January 24

Civil War Round Table

The Charles Izard Maceuen Civil War Round Table of the Union League of Philadelphia cordially invites members of the American Catholic Historical Society to join it for a program by Dr. William Kurtz:

Excommunicated from the Union:
How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America

Anti-Catholicism has had a long presence in American history. The Civil War in 1861 gave Catholic Americans a chance to prove their patriotism once and for all. Exploring how Catholics sought to use their participation in the war to counteract religious and political nativism in the United States, author William Kurtz reveals that while the war was an alienating experience for many of the 200,000 Catholics who served, they still strove to construct a positive memory of their experiences in order to show that their religion was no barrier to their being loyal American citizens.

Copies of Dr. Kurtz's book will be available for purchase.

Cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30pm, followed by the program between 6 and 7pm.

No charge to attend.

Guests welcome.

Dress code: jacket, collared shirt, slacks (no jeans, sneakers) for men, something comparable for women.

For questions and/or reservations, please email Jim Mundy at [email protected].

Parking available at the League's garage on Sansom Street, opposite the Sansom Street entrance to the clubhouse.
Sincerely,

ACHS Board of Managers
does anyone here happen to know what link i could use to request marriage records from the Old Cathedral St Peter and Paul Philadelphia ? i cant find them, but i see them mentioned i am trying to request marriage records from my great grandparents from 1889 there > thank you so much
Help please. anyone have pointers on fate of Joseph Slattery. Anti-Catholic lecturer in United Kingdom 1888/89 then to Australia. He was in states pre 1888 and worked with APA in Texas and other southern states. Have pile of British newspaper accounts of his activities locally, I would very much like to know how this man ended - just desserts?