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Religion and the Settling of the West

Program Number: 20366RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2014 - 7/13/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Jerome, Idaho
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Philosophy & Religion
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

The true story of European settlement of the West is fascinating, controversial and not widely known. Missionaries and Catholics, Protestants and Mormons faiths played important roles in that story, and their efforts to plant the faith in a distant and mysterious territory created the American West of today. Learn how religion motivated these settlers, how they interacted with native peoples and how their stories have been passed on and distorted.




Highlights

• Examine an original copy of the Catholic Ladder devised by Archbishop Blanchet to illustrate the faith to the Indians of the Oregon Territory.
• Expert presenters separate fact from fiction, and pointing out heroism and the conflicts that were part of athe West’s early religious history.
• Visit an area of the Oregon Trail where the ruts of wagon wheels are visible and cruise the Snake River with a local expert.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

7-7-2014

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Coordinated by Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension.




Jerome (Idaho)

Surrounded by bountiful farmlands and bordering on the Snake River Canyon, Jerome county has 16,000 residents, including twelve Benedictine monks, who live a peaceful, prayerful life in a thoroughly modern monastery.



Accommodations
Guest house at the Monastery of the Ascension with private baths. Locally sourced meals favor organic produce and can accommodate special needs.
Meals and Lodgings
   Monastery of the Ascension
  Jerome, ID 6 nights
 Monastery of the Ascension
Type: Conference Center
  Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish. There are no stairs, because everything is on one floor.
  Contact info: 541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org
  Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area.
  Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with 24 hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers. Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $7; lunch $8; supper $10.
  Check in time: 1:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers. Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $7; lunch $8; supper $10.
  Check out time: 11:45 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:50 p.m. social in dining room. You will be staying at Monastery of the Ascension that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast, 7:40 a.m. You will be staying at Monastery of the Ascension the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free, right in front of the building.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jerome, ID
  Nearest city or town:  Twin Falls, ID
  Nearest highway: I-84
  Nearest airport:  Twin Falls, ID
  From End of Program
  Location: Jerome, ID
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Twin Falls, ID

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Monastery Car
phone: 208-761-9389 xor2083242377
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

   

The Greyhound bus comes through Twin Falls and leaves people off on the main street. There are several motels right across from the bus station. We will meet the bus and bring people to and from the monastery in a car.

 

Twin Falls airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Monastery Car
phone: 208-761-9389 xor2083242377
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$12.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

   

There are four or five planes a day from Salt Lake City to Twin Falls and back. We can pick up people from any of these flights and deliver them back again.

 

Salt Lake City Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Salt Lake Express
phone: 800-356-9796
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours, SLC airport to a convenience store in Jerome, ID; 15 minutes from there to the monastery. 

   

There have been various attempts at Salt Lake City--Boise shuttles. This is the best and we hope it will last for a long time. Cheaper than flying to Twin Falls, if you can make the connection. This shuttle lets people off at a convenience store in Jerome, and we can pick you up there and deliver you back, $10.00 round trip.

 

Boise Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Salt Lake Express
phone: 800-356-9796
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 50 minutes 

   

There have been various attempts at Salt Lake City--Jerome--Boise shuttles. This is the best and we hope it will last for a long time. It is cheaper than flying, if you can make the connection. (There are no direct flights from Boise to Twin Falls). There are several runs from Boise to Jerome each day, including one in the morning, one in the evening. This shuttle lets people off at a convenience store in Jerome, and we can pick you up there and deliver you back, $10.00 round trip.

 
Driving Directions
  Coming on I-84 from East. Leave I-84 at exit 173 (to Sun Valley). Go north (toward Sun Valley) on Hwy 93 for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right, go for 1.5 miles, turn in at sign on right, "Monastery of the Ascension." [Or continue north on Hwy 93 for another mile to blinking yellow light, turn right onto Hwy 25 (toward Eden, ID, go 1.9 miles to a sign which also says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.]
  Coming on I-84 from West. There are two options. (1) You can turn at the first Jerome exit (Exit 165) and drive through the town of Jerome on Main Street (=Highway 25) and beyond for four miles until you come to the blinking red light at Highway 93. Cross Highway 93 and proceed 1.9 miles of Highway 25 (toward Eden, ID) till you come to the "Monastery of the Ascension" sign on the right. Turn right there, go 0.5 miles until you come to another sign and turn left down the tree lined lane. (2) Leave I-84 at exit 173 (to Sun Valley). Go north (toward Sun Valley) on Hwy 93 for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right, go for 1.5 miles, turn right again at sign, "Monastery of the Ascension."
  Coming on US Hwy 93 from south (Wells, NV; Twin Falls, ID). Go north from Twin Falls, ID, on Hwy 93, under the I-84 overpass and (toward Sun Valley) for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right for 1.5 miles, turn in at sign, "Monastery of the Ascension." [Or continue north on Hwy 93 for another mile to blinking yellow light, turn right onto Hwy 25 (toward Eden, ID, go 1.9 miles to a sign which also says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.]
  Coming on Us Hwy 93 from north (Shoshone, ID) Travel south on Hwy 93 from the town of Shoshone (about 12 miles) until come to blinking yellow light at Hwy 25. Turn left toward Eden, ID, and go 1.9 miles to a sign which says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.
Elevation Note: Monastery is located at 4000 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Hors d'oeuvres, welcome dinner and orientation
(Monday, July 7)
   
 Dinner: Early Evening Social; The program officially begins with a social at which soft drinks, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres are available. The Hors d'oeuvres are followed by a welcome dinner. All meals are prepared by our chef LuAnn Stites Kraft, who is beloved of all who visit the monastery for her wonderful cooking. If you let us know she will prepare special diets.
 Evening: Orientation to the facility and its amenities, the program and the instructors and introductions of participants.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The California Missions; The first Catholic missionaries and settlers in the Pacific Northwest; "The Catholic Ladder"; Classic film: "Brigham Young" (1940).
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: All meals are served in the dining room and are served buffet style. Chef LuAnn Kraft purchases much of the food locally, often from organic farmers. For example, milk comes in glass bottles from a small dairy whose small herd consists of registered Holsteins, which are fed on grass--a rare exception amid the large dairies of the area. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entrée, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: Presentation: The purposes of the Spanish colonial government and of the missionaries in establishing the missions in Alta California. Fr. Junipero Serra and his companions. The Native Americans of Alta California. The first missions. Mission life.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:00-2:00: The Prophet Joseph Smith. Origin of Church. Establishment of communal ideal. Establishment of missionary system. Principle of gathering. Establishment of settlement model for communities. (Millennial governing model). Early conflict with non-Mormons. 2:15–3:15: The Catholic Missionary Enterprise in the Pacific Northwest: Diocesan Priests (Canadian and Belgian) and Religious Priests (OMI, SJ). John McLaughlin and the Hudson Bay Company. Priests with first Spanish explorers. First settlers in Oregon. Francis Norbert Blanchet and Modeste Demers, first Catholic Missionaries to the Oregon Territory. (1838-1842): The Catholic Ladder. 3:30–4:30 Fort Vancouver: The Unlikely Cradle of Protestantism in the Northwest.
 Dinner: When asked to describe our food, Chef LuAnn said that as much as possible she wants it to be "fresh, local, healthy, simple and delicious."
 Evening: Film: Brigham Young (with Tyrone Power; Vincent Price [1940]).
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Power point presentation on the individual Catholic missions; the Mormons move westward; the Hutterites in Montana.
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: In dining room. All meals are prepared in the monastery kitchen and served in the dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: The individual California Missions; their architecture and history. Presentation with powerpoint:
 Lunch: Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:00–2:00: Expulsion from Missouri. Establishment of Nauvoo. Prophet's Death. Factionalism. Ascension of Brigham Young. Expulsion from Nauvoo. Trek across Iowa. Establishment of Winter Quarters. Mormon Battalion, Organization for Western Trek. Mormon Hymns. 2:15–3:15: Responding to a Call: The Mission to the Native Americans. 3:30–4:30: Catholics and the Settlement of the Pacific Northwest: DeSmet and the Flatheads (1833-1840); DeSmet and Blanchet cooperate (1840-1843); from Vicariate to the Second Archdiocese in the US (1843-1850); John McLouglin's Last Years
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 –9:00: The Hutterites in Montana: the Anabaptists and their three major divisions:  the Mennonites, Hutterites and Amish; a brief history of the Hutterites -- their persecution and exile in Moravia and the Ukraine, and their migration to South Dakota; their split into three divisions and their migration to Canada and Montana; their settlement patterns and way of life in the latter 19th century; their emergence as a major contributor to agricultural production in the West.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Jesuit Missions in the Pacific Northwest (1844-1876); Outing to Hagerman; Buhl, Centennial Park for a picnic and, if a boat is available, a boat ride on the Snake River.
(Thursday, July 10)

Note: The man who has provided us with boat rides for many years is selling his business; so we are not sure that we will be able to rent a boat.



   
 Breakfast: Dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: 9:00–10:00: Catholics and the Settlement of the Pacific Northwest: The Jesuits take root 1844-185) ; retrenchment and growth in the Archdiocese; difficult years for the Jesuits (1850-1858); The Jesuits flourish (1859-1876). 10:15–11:30: Profound Tragedy: The Life and Death of the Missions.
 Lunch: Lunch. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: Excursion by bus to visit (1) Malad Gorge State Park; (2) National Park Service Visitors' Center for Hagerman Fossil Beds and Minidoka Internment sites; (3) Oregon Trail overlook; (5) 1000 Springs; (6) Shoshone Falls.
 Dinner: Picnic dinner at Centennial Park in the Snake River canyon.
 Evening: Outing on a portion of the Snake River with experienced and knowledgeable guide on safe and peaceful pontoon boats. There is usually a chance to watch B.A.S.E. jumpers parachute off the 500 foot Perrine bridge.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mormon settlement in Utah; Outing to Minidoka Interment Camp National Monument; power point on the paintings of Nicholas Point, SJ
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: 9:00-10:15: Trek West and arrival in Great Basin. Layout of Salt Lake City and other communities. Brigham Young becomes President of Church. The State of Deseret, Brigham Young, Governor. Unique relations with Indians. Expansion of Settlement (California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Mexico, Canada.) Church land ownership. Polygamy. 10:30–11:30: A New Religious Reality: The Rise of a National Religion.
 Lunch: Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:00-2:00: Establishing Catholic Institutions in the Archdiocese of Portland: Sisters of the Holy Names; Society of St. Vincent de Paul, etc.Struggle to retain the Catholic Indian Missions. Demographics. Clergy. 2:15 - 4:30: Outing to Minidoka.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Evening: Fr. Nicholas Point, SJ: Artist of the Missions to the Native Americans.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Catholic Church in Idaho; the Mormons established in Utah; music of the settlers; concert.
(Saturday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.
 Morning: 11:00–11:30: The Catholic Church in Idaho: Five portraits; The End of An Era; Fr. Lambert Louis Conrardy; Archbishop Charles Seghers (1881-1883); Fr. Cataldo and the Jesuit Missions (1876-1884).
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.
 Afternoon: 1:00–2:00 Protestants: Northwest Christian Characteristics: Revivalism, Colleges, and Adaptation. 2:15–4:15: Mormon Reformation.  "Invasion" by U.S. Army.  Mountain Meadows.  Non-Mormon governor.  Ghost Government.  Departure of Army. Morrisite War.  California Volunteers. Conflicting economic models.  Attempts at self-sufficiency.  Orderville.  Railroad. Death of Brigham Young. Prosecution of Polygamists. Renouncing of Polygamy. Statehood. Economic model altered from communal to market economy. Land ownership from church to private property.
 Dinner: Social, followed by a farewell banquet conjured up from wonderful local ingredients by Chef LuAnn Kraft.
 Evening: Concert and/or sing-along.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Early bird breakfast for those who wish it, for the rest, farewells and a leisurely exit.
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: Pick-up breakfast will be available from 6:00 AM.

Breakfast will be served at 7:40 AM. Sunday breakfast is cereals and rolls. The program concludes after breakfast on Sunday.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jerome, ID General Overview
The Monastery of the Ascension and its attached retreat center are located centrally in the Magic Valley, five miles east of Jerome and ten miles north of Twin Falls. The monastery is within two hours' drive of Boise (state capitol; churches; Birds of Prey Center), Glens Ferry (Oregon Trail Interpretative Center; Three Island State Park), Malad Gorge State Park, Sun Valley, Jackpot, NV, Craters of the Moon, City of Rocks, Silver Creek Preserve, 1000 Spings (e.g., the spectacular Niagara Springs), Hagerman Fossil Beds Headquarters and Museum (Hagerman, ID), and ice caves north of Shoshone. There a number of museums (e.g., at College of Southern Idaho and in Twin Falls and Jerome), antique stores. galleries, and quilt shops, as well as numerous golf courses, several hot springs, and scenic boat rides in the Snake River Canyon.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Come, Blackrobe: De Smet and the Indian Tragedy


Author: John J. Killoren


Brinham Young and the Expanding American Frontier


Author: Newell G. Bringhurst


Mormon Country


Author: Wallace Stegner


History of the Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest


Author: Wilfird Schoenberg


Where Wagons Could Go: Nacissa Whitman and Eliza Spalding


Author: Clifford Drury and Julie Jeffrey


Letters: 1836-1847


Author: Narcissa Whitman


Description: Ye Galleon Press was reprinted many documents and books about Northwest History.





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