Lost Landscapes of American Religious History

9 May

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways in which religion is both embedded and obscured in today’s built environment of late. Currently I’m in the final stages of curating a digital exhibit on Chicago’s religious history for the Newberry Library that aims to put religious history in place. Literally. Titled Faith in the City: Chicago’s Religious Diversity in the Era of the World’s Fair, the exhibit will situate hundreds of digitized primary sources alongside a collection of commissioned essays on a map of Chicago in order to provide the public with an understanding of the remarkable diversity of the city’s religious past. (Think of Google Maps with church histories–and many of the authors are contributors to this fine blog!)

So writes Christopher Cantwell at Religion in American History. You can see his entire piece here: Religion in American History: Lost Landscapes of American Religious History.

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