In Their Steps:Story-Telling and Ritual-Making in the Latter-day Saint Community

“… how Christianity is not only a historical tradition (tied to the belief that God interacts with humans in history) but also a spatial tradition. ”

Team Members/Contributors

Sara M. Patterson Hanover College Contact Me

About this award

This book will explore the intersection of sacred space and historical memory on the Mormon Trail. It will investigate the LDS Church hierarchy’s attempts to make the church’s nineteenth-century past meaningful in the lives of its current practitioners. In order to do this I will study how the church has shaped the narrative told about its nineteenth-century past at historic sites. Alongside this analysis I will examine the ways that today’s visitors to these sites interact with the historical narratives and how they ritually recreate historical events. My approach will allow me to better understand the significance of any gaps between the institutional church’s goals and believers’ lived experiences.