National Museum of American Religion

National Museum of American Religion


Elizabeth Shakman Hurd talking about her participation in our July 8 panel at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival about the history of religious freedom in America as seen through the lens of citizenship in the 20th century.


On this day in history: The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia was granted a charter from Congress to establish the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The official charter is housed at the National Archives today.


As we approach the end of the year, consider the National Museum of American Religion in your year-end giving. Your donation will help fund the production of the second film in the "Religious Thought During Times of National Crisis" series, focusing on religion's role in the American response to 9/11.
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Helping to set the tone, this music video will be part of the "evening at the Museum" program "Abraham Lincoln's Religion: The Second Inaugural", which will be released in late spring or early summer this year. Special thanks to Kurt Bestor for the composition, Jenny Oaks Baker & Condoleezza Rice for the music and Danny Drysdale for the videography.

Register at to keep in the know about the program's progress and release.


"Abraham Lincoln's Religion: The Second Inaugural" program will now include Stanford University Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh, sharing how African Americans may have engaged with Lincoln's religious thoughts in that March 4, 1865 speech, and what that tells us about the American project under stress, then and now.

We are thankful for her willingness to participate!

Understand America As You Never Have Before.

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