Religion and the Settling of the West
In a quiet, rural setting learn how Catholics, Protestants and Mormons helped settle California and the Pacific Northwest during the era of Manifest Destiny.
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Program No. 20366RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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 the 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.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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