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[Presbyterian Merit Plaque]

Description: Photograph of an engraved plaque propped up on tile against a shiny beam. The plaque reads: "The Synod of Texas, Award of Recognition and Merit Presented to Central Presbyterian Church San Antonio, Texas, For having Assumed Full Responsibility for its own Maintenance and Growth in the Lord, On April 1, 1953 and Thereafter, David L. Stitt, Moderator of Synod, Ruben M. Armendariz, Pastor, Presented April 26, 1953, 'Lux Lucet In Tenebris'". The Latin phrase at the bottom of the plaque translates to read, "Light Shines in Darkness".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Four Men Sitting Behind a Podium]

Description: Photograph of a side view of four men dressed in suits sitting on a bench on a stage. There is a wood podium in front of the seated gentlemen. Another man is standing beside the podium on the far right-hand side of the image. There is a stack of books on top of the podium, several vases of flowers on the stage up to the foreground, and a large tabletop fan pointed toward the seated men. There is a faded handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Presbyterian ceremony at San Benito. May 3, 1953, Seated: Rev. McGee, Pastor 1st. Presby. Harlingen, David L. Stitt, Rev. Charles Robinson, 1st. Presby. San Benito, Rev. S.H. Reisner, 1st. Falfurrias. Standing - Rev. J.S. Cavazos, pastor, Mexican Presby. Ch., San Benito".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Large Congregation Sitting in Pews]

Description: Photograph of a large Hispanic congregation attentively facing the left-hand side of the image. The men, women, and children are all sitting at eye level in pews that fill the room. There is a man and two women sitting closely in the foreground. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito 5-3-53".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Church Choir Singing]

Description: Photograph of a small group of church choir members singing. The choir members, who are all wearing robes, are holding open songbooks. The singers are standing together behind a low wall. There are two girls standing in the front row on the far left-hand side of the image who are both sharing the same songbook. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Choir, San Benito 5/3/53".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Silhouette Standing Next to a Window]

Description: Photograph of a blurred silhouette standing next to a small window in the background. On the far right-hand side of the image, there are two women visible sitting in chairs facing the man. Part of a plant is visible in the foreground on the far left-hand side.
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Man Gesturing Toward an Engraved Plaque on the Wall]

Description: Photograph of a man in a suit gesturing toward a plaque that is hanging on the wall next to him. The man is facing at least three seated people who are cut off on the far right-hand side of the image. There is a large metal tabletop fan behind the man. There is a table and two large pots of flowers in the foreground on the left-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Stitt unveiling plaque in San Benito. 5/3/53".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Commemorative Plaque on the Wall]

Description: Photograph of an engraved plaque hung up on a tiled wall. The plaque reads: "The Synod of Texas, Award of Recognition and Merit Presented to Central Presbyterian Church San Antonio, Texas, For having Assumed Full Responsibility for its own Maintenance and Growth in the Lord, On April 1, 1953 and Thereafter, David L. Stitt, Moderator of Synod, Ruben M. Armendariz, Pastor, Presented April 26, 1953, 'Lux Lucet In Tenebris'". The Latin phrase at the bottom of the plaque translates to read, "Light Shines in Darkness".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Commemorative Plaque on the Wall]

Description: Photograph of an engraved plaque hung up on a tiled wall. The plaque reads: "The Synod of Texas, Award of Recognition and Merit Presented to Central Presbyterian Church San Antonio, Texas, For having Assumed Full Responsibility for its own Maintenance and Growth in the Lord, On April 1, 1953 and Thereafter, David L. Stitt, Moderator of Synod, Ruben M. Armendariz, Pastor, Presented April 26, 1953, 'Lux Lucet In Tenebris'". The Latin phrase at the bottom of the plaque translates to read, "Light Shines in Darkness".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Commemorative Plaque on the Wall]

Description: Photograph of an engraved plaque hung up on a tiled wall. The plaque reads: "The Synod of Texas, Award of Recognition and Merit Presented to Central Presbyterian Church San Antonio, Texas, For having Assumed Full Responsibility for its own Maintenance and Growth in the Lord, On April 1, 1953 and Thereafter, David L. Stitt, Moderator of Synod, Ruben M. Armendariz, Pastor, Presented April 26, 1953, 'Lux Lucet In Tenebris'". The Latin phrase at the bottom of the plaque translates to read, "Light Shines in Darkness".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Two Men Standing at a Podium]

Description: Photograph of a man standing on a stage behind a podium. The man is turned to the left and talking to another man on the stage. The podium has a large decorative drapery over the front, and there are two large decorative wreaths and a pot of flowers in front of it. There is a black smudge on the back of the photograph as well as a handwritten note that reads, "Mercedes, 5-3-53".
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Man Pointing to an Engraved Plaque]

Description: Photograph of an elderly man pointing to a specific line on an engraved plaque. The man is standing on a stage and is facing toward the left-hand side of the image. The top of a piano is visible in front of the man's feet. The foreground is made up of the top of heads of people watching the man. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph.
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Man Revealing an Engraved Plaque]

Description: Photograph of an elderly man and a boy lifting the covering off of an engraved plaque. The man and the boy is standing on a stage and is facing toward the left-hand side of the image. The top of a piano is visible in front of the man's feet. The foreground is made up of the top of heads of people watching. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Unveiling of plaque in Mercedes 5/3/53.
Date: May 1953
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Front of a Mexican Presbyterian Church]

Description: Photograph of the front of a light-colored, wood slatted Presbyterian church. On the right-hand side, there is a small entrance to the church that consists of three corner steps leading up to two open doorways. There are two closed and blinded windows at the front of the building, as well as a sign that reads "Iglesia Presbiteriana" above the first front window. The side of the church is visible on the right-hand side of the image; it is lined with windows. The building is elevated from the ground on short stilts and is surrounded by trees and bushes. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "New Braunfels, First (Mex.) Presby Ch".
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Children Playing by the Seashore]

Description: Photograph of schoolchildren playing by the seashore. Some of the children are holding hands, and others are laughing. There is a young boy standing in the middle of the photograph turned around to face the camera. The ocean is visible in the background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Palacios 1935 Mr. Mil Clement & children".
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Street View of a Presbyterian Church]

Description: Photograph of the side of a series of light-colored, wood-slatted buildings that make up a church. The photograph has been taken from the street, which is in the foreground. The main building, which is also the largest and closest to the foreground, has four windows on the side and two in the front next to the main double-door entrance. There is another building behind the main building on the right-hand side of the image, and also one next to it in the background. There are children playing in the courtyard between these two buildings. A power line stretches across the image directly above the complex. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph.
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Side View of a Presbyterian Church]

Description: Photograph of the side of a series of light-colored, wood-slatted buildings that make up a mission. The photograph has been taken from the street. The main building, which is also the largest building and focal point of the image, has four windows on the side and two in the front next to the main double-door entrance. There is another building behind the main building on the right-hand side of the image, and also one next to it in the background. A power line stretches across the image directly above the complex. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Palacios Mexican Mission".
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Manse Elevated on Concrete Blocks]

Description: Photograph of a side view of a light-colored, wood-slatted house that is elevated from the ground on concrete blocks. There is a concrete porch with a wooden chair at the front of the house on the right-hand side of the image. Two pillars on either side of the porch help support the roof overhead. There are three windows at the front of the house and five at the side visible on the left. The sky is obscured by the wispy leaves and branches of the large trees above. Several shrubs, weeds, and smaller trees surround the front of the house. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Victoria, Manse at 305 E. Church St.".
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Reverend Seated Next to a Hospital Bed]

Description: Photograph of a Reverend seated on a chair and leaning against a hospital bed. The Reverend, who is facing toward the right-hand side of the image, is wearing a suit, a patterned tie, printed socks, and strap shoes. The bed, which is on the left-hand side of the image, is on wheels and has a reading light clipped to the headboard. There is a bedside table behind the man that has several objects resting atop it, including a mini fan, a plant, and a radio. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Tornado in the hospital of the 'Tiburcio' June 20/51 For Brother Rev. E.J.A. Seddon. gr. Rev. J.A. Hernández 6-20-51".
Date: June 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Side View of a Sanctuary Building]

Description: Photograph of the side of a light-colored brick building with four large windows. The front of the building faces the left-hand side of the image. The entrance consists of a porch with steps leading up to it and a roof supported by two pillars. The side of the building is lined with bushy shrubs, and the foreground is made up of the grassy yard that surrounds the building. Power lines stretch across the image in the background behind the building. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco - Sanctuary".
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Front of Church and Manse]

Description: Photograph of the front of a lightly-colored brick church and manse. The church is situated on the far left-hand side of the image, while the manse sits next to it on the far right. Several shaped bushes and shrubs are planted in front of both buildings. There is a road in front of the buildings in the foreground of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco - Church and manse".
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Car Parked in Front of Two Church Buildings]

Description: Photograph of a car parallel parked in front of two church buildings. Both of the buildings are light-colored brick, have covered porches, and have a line of windows at the side. There is a sidewalk in front of the buildings as well as several shaped bushes and shrubs. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco - Manse at night Entrance to annex at left".
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Young Girl Standing in Front of a Building]

Description: Photograph of a young girl standing in front of the side of a building. The little girl is wearing a small white sundress. The side of the building has four large windows and one smaller window, as well as a steep shingled roof. There are various shrubs, bushes, and weeds surrounding the building. The front of the building is facing the right-hand side of the image. There is a covered porch with steps and two supporting pillars at the front of the building. There is a handwritten note on the back of the image that reads, "Waco - manse 1951 (Kathy Seddon)."
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

[Front View of a Stage with Fold-Up Chairs]

Description: Photograph of the front of a stage, which is in the background of the image, and several rows of fold-up chairs facing it. There is an aisle down the center of the room that leads to the front of the stage. The stage has a geometric border around is as well as curtains on either side. Part of a piano is visible on the right-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco- interior of annex assembly room".
Date: October 1951
Partner: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary