The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC), founded in Philadelphia in 1910, is dedicated to preserving and disseminating information about the history of the Episcopal Church. The society includes over 500 members who are scholars, writers, teachers, ministers (lay and ordained) and others interested in the objectives of the Historical Society.
To join, visit our membership page.
Established exclusively for educational, charitable, and religious purposes, the objectives of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church include:
- Promotion of the preservation of the particular heritage of the Episcopal Church and its antecedents in order that the Church may be served in its mission of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen, and in its servanthood in the world.
- Publication and distribution of a scholarly historical journal each quarter, called Anglican and Episcopal History, to aid in this promotion and to be a vehicle for the publication of similar work being done throughout the Anglican Communion. In addition a regular newsletter, The Historiographer, is published with the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists.
- Cooperation with other societies concerned with the history of the Episcopal Church and the other churches of the Anglican Communion, in the encouragement of research, writing and education on all levels that keeps alive the Church's heritage in the service of God's Kingdom.
Celebration of the Holy Eucharist during the 2007 Tri-History Conference held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference theme was "Legacies and Promise: 400 Years of Anglican/Episcopal History".