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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.

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]

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
Katharine Drexel and the Sisters Who Shared Her Vision

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
Friendly and Adopted Sons

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!

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
St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Philadelphia: Forged in the Fire of the Great Migration

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
St. Peter Claver

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.

American Catholic Studies publishes history of Pax Christi USA
01/19/2023
American Catholic Studies publishes history of Pax Christi USA

American Catholic Studies publishes history of Pax Christi USA

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

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!  May the joys and blessings of the season be with you today and throughout the ...
12/25/2022

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas! May the joys and blessings of the season be with you today and throughout the new year.

(Photo: St. Agnes School of Nursing, 1953, courtesy of the Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.)

We’re ready for tonight’s Christmas party. Hope to see folks soon!
12/09/2022

We’re ready for tonight’s Christmas party. Hope to see folks soon!

2022 Barry Award Dinner honoring Jerry Parsons. Thank you to all our friends and benefactors!
11/19/2022

2022 Barry Award Dinner honoring Jerry Parsons. Thank you to all our friends and benefactors!

Anyone remember this?  In February 1963, in response to a transit strike, a moving truck helped bring students to school...
10/28/2022

Anyone remember this? In February 1963, in response to a transit strike, a moving truck helped bring students to school at Hallahan High. (Photo courtesy of the Evening Bulletin collection, Temple University Urban Archives.)

Our Fall 2022 issue of American Catholic Studies is here!  We're pleased to feature a special Forum on "Building Catholi...
10/18/2022

Our Fall 2022 issue of American Catholic Studies is here! We're pleased to feature a special Forum on "Building Catholic Studies Where We Are," an account of Bishop John England's diplomatic work, and a cover essay on the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Not yet a subscriber? Join the ACHS today! All members automatically receive our quarterly journal.

What a rich six decades it has been since the opening of Vatican II--a renewal that continuously calls for reexamination...
10/11/2022

What a rich six decades it has been since the opening of Vatican II--a renewal that continuously calls for reexamination of church history!

We wanted to share with you this wonderful new documentary on the life journey of Sister Thea Bowman. For all those who ...
10/06/2022
Going Home Like a Shooting Star: Thea Bowman's Journey to Sainthood

We wanted to share with you this wonderful new documentary on the life journey of Sister Thea Bowman.

For all those who attended our lecture on Sister Thea by Father Maurice Nutt in 2020, you'll be sure to appreciate the new film. If you missed that talk, here's your chance to learn of her remarkable story.

Donations welcome for viewing at: https://www.sistertheabowman.com/donate/"Going Home Like a Shooting Star: Thea Bowman’s Journey to Sainthood," presents the...

The ACHS house shutters are getting a fresh coat of paint. Hope you all like the new color!
09/28/2022

The ACHS house shutters are getting a fresh coat of paint. Hope you all like the new color!

Thank you, Sr. Annette Pelletier, IHM, for a stimulating talk on the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary mi...
09/18/2022

Thank you, Sr. Annette Pelletier, IHM, for a stimulating talk on the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary mission to Peru. Now celebrating 100 years of ministry there, Sr. Annette noted that the pioneers had no preparation in Spanish but made significant inroads in education.

Please enjoy our 2022 newsletter, which includes our calendar of events for the year. While print copies went out to all...
08/29/2022
2022 Newsletter – American Catholic Historical Society

Please enjoy our 2022 newsletter, which includes our calendar of events for the year. While print copies went out to all our members last week, we wanted to share with all our Facebook followers as well. Please share the link with friends and family who might be interested in the American Catholic Historical Society and our activities. And if you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Your support makes our work possible.

https://amchs.org/2022-newsletter/

Posted on August 21, 2022 Posted By: shunmahoney Categories: News, Publications Check out our annual newsletter to learn about the ACHS, its activities, and our schedule for the upcoming 2022-2023 year! Members will be receiving copies in the mail this week. We invite you to share the newsletter wit...

Photos from Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's post
08/12/2022

Photos from Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's post

Summer reading!  The latest issue of the Society's journal, American Catholic Studies, is here.  We're pleased to featur...
07/19/2022

Summer reading! The latest issue of the Society's journal, American Catholic Studies, is here. We're pleased to feature articles on the growth of the Catholic Church in post-Revolution Maine and on the Blue Army of Fatima in Cold War America.

We also have a review forum on Maureen O'Connell's new book, Undoing the Knots. (Members will recall that she spoke on the book at our Spring Lecture back in April).

We conclude with a cover essay marking the 50th anniversary of the First Encuentro, a national gathering to promote pastoral ministry among the nation's Hispanic/Latino Catholics.

Not a subscriber? Join the ACHS today for only $50! All members are receive four issues of the journal per year as a benefit of membership. visit www.amchs.org to join!

Photos from Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's post
07/04/2022

Photos from Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's post

Canonization of Saint John Neumann
06/20/2022
Canonization of Saint John Neumann

Canonization of Saint John Neumann

At the age of 48, Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann passed away on January 5, 1860 from a heart attack. In his short time as bishop of Philadelphia, Neumann built 89 churches, set up the modern Catholic school system, introduced the Forty Hours Devotion, and founded the Third Order of Saint Francis of

From our friends at the CHRCAP...Happy "Charter Day" to Cabrini University!
06/07/2022

From our friends at the CHRCAP...Happy "Charter Day" to Cabrini University!

We’re ready for tonight’s Garden Party. See you all soon!
06/03/2022

We’re ready for tonight’s Garden Party. See you all soon!

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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?
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