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History of Evangelism in America


Take a journey through time as you witness the history and impact of evangelism in America from the landing of Columbus in 1492 to the end of World War II.

The display is divided into intimate modules, each according to a particular period of American history. Dioramas, audio visual elements and animated displays add to the richness of the experience.

Starting with the Colonial era and ending with the advent of radio evangelism, the story includes sections on the Second Great Awakening, the Civil War period and late nineteenth century developments such as urban evangelism and city missions.

On display is a rich array of historical images and artifacts surrounding these events including:

  • A portion of the Eliot Algonquin Indian Bible from 1663—the first Bible printed in America
  • A copy of the book The Ecclesiastical History of New England by Cotton Mather, 1702
  • A manuscript of a sermon by Cotton Mather
  • A copy of the book "Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Renewal of Religion in New England" by Jonathan Edwards, 1742
  • A copy of George Whitefield's book "The Nature and Necessity of Our New Birth in Jesus Christ," 1737
  • A saddlebag with sermons used by 19th century circuit riders
  • A copy of "Poems of Various Subjects," by Phillis Wheatley, 1773
  • A copy of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1879
  • A book of Scriptures for soldiers used during the Civil War, 1863