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Faithland: What’s the Most Highly Religious Part of America?

13 Feb

Faithland map of religious adherence in America

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How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII

31 Jan

San Francisco, California, April 25, 1942.

Photographer Toyo Miyatake was 14 when he arrived in America in 1909, and 46 when he was forcibly moved from his home in Los Angeles to the Manzanar incarceration camp. By then, he was a father of four and owner of a photo studio. As he and his family gathered their belongings—whatever they could carry—he grabbed a few items that were considered contraband: a lens, a shutter, and film holders.

So begins Anika Burgess’s account of an exhibition of photographs of the relocation and control of Japanese Americans during World War II. You may read the rest of the post, with selected photographs, here.

 

 

Gentrification and the Church: A Case

2 Jan

The skyline of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A few Sundays ago, at the first weekly service of New City Church in Minneapolis, the Bible wasn’t the only book Reverend Tyler Sit used to preach his sermon. The other text was How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood.

So begins a Pacific Standard story by Serena Solomon. You may read the rest of the story here.

Mortar Found at “Jesus’ Tomb” Dates to the Constantine Era Read

29 Nov

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In the year 325 A.D., according to historical sources, Constantine, Rome’s first Christian emperor, sent an envoy to Jerusalem in the hopes of locating the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. His representatives were reportedly told that Jesus’ burial place lay under a pagan temple to Venus, which they proceeded to tear down. Beneath the building, they discovered a tomb cut from a limestone cave. Constantine subsequently ordered a majestic church—now known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—to be built at the site.

So begins Brigit Katz’s brief report at Smithsonian.com about recent archaeological work at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. You can read the entire post, with links, here.

Behold the Newly Digitized 400-Year-Old Codex Quetzalecatz

28 Nov

The Codex Quetzalecatzin

One of the most important surviving Mesoamerican manuscripts from the 16th century has just become available to the general public.

So begins Julissa Trevino’s post at Smithsonian.com. You can read the entire post, with links, here.

Shootout at the OK Corral – Oct 26, 1881

26 Oct

The Tombstone Epitaph, founded by J.P. Clum, covered the OK Corral shootout.

Shootout at the OK Corral on Oct 26, 1881. Wyatt Earp and his brothers were Dutch Americans and, at one time, residents of Pella, Iowa. Another Dutch American was John P. Clum, who in 1881 was the Mayor of Tombstone. While the Earps were not religiously affiliated, Clum was. He was raised in his native New York in the Reformed Church in America. Once in the West, since he could find no Reformed congregations, he became Presbyterian. He and Wyatt Earp kept in touch afterward even as they went their separate ways.

Learn more about what happened at the OK Corral here: Shootout at the OK Corral – Oct 26, 1881 – HISTORY.com.

Learn more about John P. Clum in my article on him, of which you can find a pdf here.

The Religious Roots of America’s Love for Camping

17 Oct

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Summer 1868 passed as an unremarkable season at Saranac Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The weather was fine, the scenery delightful, and the usual array of 200 to 300 recreational hunters and anglers passed through the small settlement on their way into the wild lands beyond. The summers of 1869 and 1870, however, were an altogether different story. The weather was more or less the same, and the scenery continued to entrance, but instead of a handful of sportsmen came a multitude of men and women from points east and south to enjoy America’s newest recreation—camping. Almost to a person, they had been inspired by what today, at the beginning of the 21st century, we recognize as the watershed book in the history of American camping: the first comprehensive “how-to-camp” guidebook, Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks, which had been written in April 1869 by…

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