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When history gets hacked

A message of thanks from the Presbyterian Historical Society

May 7, 2013

Philadelphia

Did you try to visit the website of the Presbyterian Historical Society last month? If you did, you probably realized something was wrong when you arrived. Someone infiltrated our web server and implanted malicious computer programs that brought it to a halt on Wednesday, April 17. With the help of our Office of the General Assembly (OGA) colleagues, we created a temporary web presence to provide access to our essential services while we worked to repair the damage and get the Society fully back online as quickly as possible.

Most of the Presbyterian Historical Society’s website is now functioning well. The finding aids are searchable by those looking to know more about the PHS collections, and we hope to have our online catalog operational soon. Resources are available for congregations celebrating Presbyterian Heritage Sunday, and source materials for Christian education can be found through PHS exhibits, Living History videos, and articles published in the Journal of Presbyterian History.

Our PC(USA) colleagues at the Board of Pensions in Philadelphia and at the national offices in Louisville provided key support in our battle against the hackers; thank you very much! We are also grateful for the help and guidance of our webmaster at Thomas Jefferson University. We are back online, and hope you visit often.

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