Month: August 2015

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According to Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language, “pew” was defined as “an enclosed seat in a church” that had been in the past “made square” by boxing them in with panels and providing a door for access. His dictionary goes on to add that in “modern churches in America” seating was […]

The Snake is Discarded

August 17th, 2015, at 3:55 pm

Believe it or not there was a day when major city newspapers reported at length on the proceedings of the church denominations when they convened for the meetings of their highest organizational gathering whether it was a convention, synod, or general assembly. In 1891, the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) held […]

Andrew Dinsmore Mitchell, son of David and Martha (Dinsmore) Mitchell, was born in York County, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1824. He received his preparatory education at Slate Ridge, Pennsylvania, mostly through the teaching of Rev. A. P. Happer and a local teacher, J. D. Scott. Andrew then entered Jefferson College in Pennsylvania where he graduated in […]

This is the first of a series of articles that will be posted occasionally on Presbyterians of the Past to provide information about the design of churches. It is hoped that these brief topical studies will be helpful to church building committees as they design their worship facilities. A key consideration for church design is the […]