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[1886–1907, Collection of 30 Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Y.P.S.C.E.) Brochures from the First Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania].
[1886–1907, Collection of 30 Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Y.P.S.C.E.) Brochures from the First Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania].
[1886–1907, Collection of 30 Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Y.P.S.C.E.) Brochures from the First Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania].
[1886–1907, Collection of 30 Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Y.P.S.C.E.) Brochures from the First Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania].
[1886–1907, Collection of 30 Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Y.P.S.C.E.) Brochures from the First Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania].

[1886–1907, Collection of 30 Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Y.P.S.C.E.) Brochures from the First Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania].


A diverse collection announcing the upcoming schedules and weekly prayer meeting topics of the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, held at the First Presbyterian Church in Pen Argyl. This slate quarrying community began in 1853 in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. “With the influx of quarrymen from Cornwall, England, the town began to grow and was incorporated in 1882 and became part of the area known as the Slate Belt. Currently there is still one slate quarry that is still in operation.” (Pen Argyl Borough online) The movie star Jayne Mansfield is buried here.

The Y.P.S.C.E. was founded in 1881 as a non-denominational evangelical outreach to Christian youth, an early form of what is today called “youth ministry.” The society was modeled, in part, after the work of Presbyterian minister Theodore L. Cuyler (1822–1909).¹

In addition to listing the Y.P.S.C.E. officers and committeepersons, the brochures more importantly record each week’s prayer meeting topic, and the name of the male or female presenter. The topics chosen were almost entirely based on specific verses in the Bible, providing insight into one congregation’s evangelizing and religious educational outreach to its youth over a span of 20 years.

Topics include “A Nameless Girl Heroine”; “How Temperance Would Help Transform the Earth”; “Youthful Consecration…Suggested sub-topic ‘Uniting With the Church’”; “Christian patriotism—what does it require of us?”; “When is a Nation safe?...(A patriotic service.)”; “An Evening with Chinese Missions”; “An evening with Japanese missions”; and “Our national heritage…(Home missions. This may also be used as a temperance topic.)”


Description: [1886–1907, Collection of 30 Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Y.P.S.C.E.) Brochures from the First Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania].

[Pen Argyl, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1886–1907]. 30 Trifold Brochures. 8 are duplicates. All are printed on variant colored card stocks. Ranging in size (unfolded) from 4½ x 5½ inches to 4¼ x 9 inches. A few with neat pencil annotations. Minor handling; Very Good.

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Note. 1. Clark, Ways and Means for the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (Boston, 1890), p4.


Price: $100.00