Theme of the Month

Washington's Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport

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In August 1790 an exchange of letters took place between Moses Seixas, the warden of the Synagogue in Newport, RI, and George Washington, the new President of the United States. The exchange captures the gratitude and wonder that greeted the advent of religious liberty. More

Document Library

25 Core Documents

These 25 documents trace the central themes in the story of religion in American history. More

These 25 primary documents trace some of the central themes in the long, complex story of religion and politics in American history. More

Featured Content

Portrait of Yarrow Mamout

Yarrow (or Yaro or Yeru) Mamout came to this continent as a slave in 1752. More

Yarrow (or Yaro or Yeru) Mamout came to this continent as a slave in 1752. His portrait–and his story–were preserved by artist Charles Willson Peale on the latter’s visit to Georgetown in 1819. More

Mapping America's Religious Experience

Places of Faith

Each site on the map illustrates stories of religion as it has actually been lived in America. More

Each site on the Places of Faith map serves as a landmark illustrating one or more stories of religion as it has been actually lived in this country: sites that show how different religions have changed our nation, and how our nation has changed various religious traditions. More