Preview: “Religion in Early America” at the National Museum of American History

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Amelia Avalos 
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Melinda Machado
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National Museum of American History will host a preview of the museum’s first religion history exhibition, “Religion in Early America.”


Friday, June 23, 2017 – 10:30am


Friday, June 23
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


National Museum of American History
Mall entrance, Madison Drive between 12th and 14th streets N.W.  

“Religion in Early America” is a one-year exhibition that looks at the themes of religious diversity, freedom and growth from the colonial era through the 1840s. National treasures on display from the museum’s collection include George Washington’s christening robe from 1732, Thomas Jefferson’s The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth and an 800-pound Revere and Son bronze bell made in Boston in 1802 for a Maine Unitarian church.

The exhibition also features significant religious objects on loan from museums, institutions and individuals. Among these are a Torah scroll on loan from New York’s Congregation Shearith Israel, founded in 1654; a 19th-century Arabic manuscript written by a Muslim enslaved in Georgia from the University of Georgia library; a 17th-century cross from Georgetown University believed to have been made from iron taken from the ships the Ark and the Dove; and a hand-written page from the Book of Mormon manuscript.

“Religion in Early America” opens to the public June 28 as part of The Nation We Build Together. The floor will include “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” which explores the history of citizen participation, “Many Voices, One Nation,” a 500-year journey on how we became US, a refreshed presentation of “Within These Walls,” which showcases 200 years of American history in one house and “Unity Square,” a program space with hands-on activities, theater programs and a spotlight on the Greensboro Lunch Counter.

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