The Smithsonian Turns to American Religion

18 Oct

Some good news here about the Smithsonian, thanks to John Fea’s post.

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manseauGood news on the American religious history front.  The National Museum of American History has hired a curator in American religion.  Congratulations to Peter Manseau.

Here is the press release:

The role of religion in the formation and development of the United States is at the heart of a new multiyear initiative launching at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Nov. 5. Beginning with a program series on sacred music in American life, this comprehensive religion initiative will be led by Peter Manseau, who has been named the museum’s Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History. It will include collecting, researching, documenting and exhibiting materials as well as presenting programs reflective of the country’s diverse religious traditions.  

A $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. provides for a permanent curator of religion in the museum’s Home and Community Life division and a five-year multifaceted program consisting…

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