Browse Exhibits (4 total)

A Look at Presbyterian Life

Youth at Camp Cho Yeh

The online exhibit "A Look at Presbyterian Life" chronicles the lives of Presbyterians as well as the growth of the church in Texas.

These photographs are part of the Presbyterian Photograph collection held at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Archives. The Presbyterian Photographs collection is an artificial collection of Presbyterian-related still images donated to the Seminary by a variety of donors, some unknown.

The photographs primarily document the early 20th century history of the Presbyterian Church, with a focus on Texas and the southwest, with some portraits dating back to the 1860s.

Navigate through the three themes of the exhibit as you explore the people and places that make Presbyterianism come alive.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Archives: Who We Are

Students in front of Lubbock Hall

The Austin Seminary Archives acts as the repository for the documentation of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary's activities, as well as the activities of the Presbyterian Church in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

What exactly does this mean? What do we have up here in the attic of Stitt Library?

While this digital exhibit is an introduction, we'd love you to stop by to see our holdings in person! Visit our website for more information

Winsome Winners: The Polity Bowl

An APTS student runs with the ball in a 1980s Polity Bowl

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary students play football against the students of the Seminary of the Southwest every year in the Polity Bowl. APTS and SSW fans and players look forward to the football game for its spirit of both competition and fellowship.

Although there have been reports of the game being played as far back as the 1950's, our photographic records in the APTS Archives have proof of the game only back to the early 1980s. Since that time at least, the game has been a fairly consistent part of the fall schedule. A series of practices (for both the players and the cheerleaders) and pep rallies culminate in the final, exciting event. Two teams bring their all to the gridiron, but only one gets to take the Polity Bowl trophy home.

"California has the Rose Bowl. Texas has the Cotton Bowl. Yet, surpassing them all is a bowl game filled with honor, tradition, and pride. Each year, two teams battle for glory, for honor, and bragging rights.

We are speaking, of course, of Polity Bowl." -Kairos Newsletter, November 16, 2007


Christmas Hostesses, 1972-73

Austin may be known for its hot summers and mild winters, but as the weather cools down we are reminded that the holiday season has always been a festive time at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 

Please view our Wintertime & Holiday Exhibit by clicking on the “It’s the Holiday Season!” link to the right and share your favorite photos with your friends on social media! 

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