Destined for Diversity?

Produced by: 
First Presbyterian Church (35 West Chelten Avenue)
10 min 6 sec

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.5 compilation DVD.

In 1955, when faced with a decision to follow an affluent population out of Germantown, the First Presbyterian Church’s board of trustees chose to remain the neighborhood. As the population underwent rapid demographic change, the church reached out to the neighborhood’s new residents. Through the church’s decision to stay and the debate that preceded it, this video explores the relationship between First Presbyterian and the Germantown community, revealing why many residents still consider the church the heart of their community.