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American Baptist Historical Society


The American Baptist Historical Society is the archive and historical interpreter of a major religious denomination-American Baptist Churches USA-made up of thousands of churches and millions of people.

As the oldest Baptist historical organization (founded in 1853) with the largest and most diverse collection of Baptist historical material, some of our holdings are of irreplaceable value to the church and the nation.

ABHS serves as keeper of the record of the modern missionary movement. Our shelves hold unparalleled resources documenting home and overseas mission work, African-American church, and the social gospel movement. We publish the oldest Baptist journal, the American Baptist Quarterly, interpreting for modern readers the lives and issues of the past that shape who we are today.

We hope that your visit to our site proves informative and that you find the information useful as we continue our work in Bringing Our Legacy to Light.

Dr. Deborah Van Broekhoven
Executive Director


Atlanta Move Update

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Valley Forge and Rochester Library Closed

Initial Atlanta Event Well Received

ABHS Biennial Breakfast a Success

Atlanta chosen as new home for the ABHS collections.

Frequently asked questions about the Atlanta decision.

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