American Religion @ RRCHNM

Welcome back to our newsletter. 

The beginning of a new academic year has brought several new and exciting project updates at RRCHNM.
The Henry Luce Foundation Awards Grant to Fund Podcast on the History of American Antisemitism
RRCHNM and R2 Studios, RRCHNM's podcast studio, are happy to announce that Jeanette Patrick, John Turner, and Lincoln Mullen have been awarded $50,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to begin work on a podcast exploring the history of American Antisemitism.

Working with Zev Eleff, president of Gratz College and a leading historian of American Judaism, Mullen and Turner will lead writing efforts for the podcast, and the final project will be produced by Patrick. A sobering but important subject, this grant will allow the project team to make an engaging, deeply researched historical podcast for people seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the historical roots of American antisemitism.  

For more about this grant award, read our full announcement here.  
New Visualization Added to American Religious Ecologies

Male and Female Preachers in the National Spiritual Alliance

Using schedule data from the 1926 Census of Religious Bodies, Caroline Greer created a map to demonstrate that women remained unusually prominent in Spiritualist leadership, even after formalization, with a case study on the National Spiritual Alliance. This is the latest visualization produced by the American Religious Ecologies project.

Explore the map here >>
In Case You Missed It: Collecting These Times Updates
Collecting These Times Adds Interpretive Essays
Interpretation page on the Collecting These Times Site.
Last month, new interpretive essays were added to Collecting These Times. The new addition of these essays to Collecting These Times both illustrates the ongoing significance and potential of digital collections and also reflects the many and complex ways that different Jewish communities adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the essays draws on materials collected, primarily during the first year of the pandemic.

Explore the essays >>
Collecting These Times CJAM Spoke Site Launches
Featured Oral Histories from CJAM's spoke site, capturing the Jewish experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council of American Jewish Museums knows this is a critical time to be collecting the Jewish experience in America. It is a time in which Jewish life is responsive and changing in the face of the pandemic – with so many shifts in society, home life, work, education, ritual, and Jewish community.

CAJM has collected oral histories about the Jewish experience of the pandemic, many of which are publicly available on this spoke site. These histories represent several Jewish organizations and thus show a broad picture of the different ways different Jewish communities experienced and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explore the spoke site >>
From the American Religious Ecologies Blog

The Latter-day Saints and the 1926 U.S. Census of Religious Bodies

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints actively participated in the U.S. Census of Religious Bodies, but their schedules were filled out centrally by the office of the Presiding Bishop. In this blog post, John Turner explores the uniquely centralized participation of the LDS in the census and considers their usefulness to scholars.

Read on here >>
Special Feature: RRCHNM Launches Teaching Guides on the History of Religion in the United States
Funded by the Library of Congress, RRCHNM recently launched new teaching guides for pre-service teachers. Each guide, created for new prospective teachers teaching the history of religion in the United States, covers a range of topics and is available at

In America today, perhaps now more than ever, teaching history is fraught. These resources acknowledge the particular difficulty prospective history teachers in teaching potentially emotional topics. The guides, which cover topics including Religion and the Civil War, Religion and the Labor Movement, Mormons and Westward Expansion, and the 1916 Children
s Code of Morality, provide activities centered on analyzing primary sources and model the historians approach of understanding people in the past through evidence they left behind.

Explore each guide here >>
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