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Moore Reading Room Digital Exhibitions

Moore Reading Room digital exhibitions let visitors experience MRR collections and associated materials through topics related to the Moore Reading Room's mission.


The Study of Religion on Mount Oread

A timeline of the history of the study of religion on the KU campus. Features photos from the collections of the Moore Reading Room and the University Archives.






Department of Religious Studies Elden Tefft Walking Tour 

A self-guided tour of the sculptures of Elden Tefft on the KU campus. 

 Physical copies available in the Moore Reading Room, Smith 109.





The Roots of Pentecostalism in Kansas

Kansas, and especially the capital city of Topeka, provided excellent circumstances for the shaping of new expressions of Christianity at the turn of the twentieth century. The “Roots of Pentecostalism in Kansas” will demonstrate how Kansas’ location as the geographic center of the United States, Topeka’s placement at the intersection of agricultural life and urban life, and the realities of a harsh existence on the Great Plains provided space for religious innovation during a time of great social and economic change.

This exhibit will examine the Kansas roots of this now world-wide religious movement and share with the public how Parham’s movement responded directly to the needs of Topeka’s growing rural and urban poor, with a commitment to provide laboring people a connection to the divine without intermediaries.

"The Roots of Pentecostalism in Kansas" digital exhibit is part of the Department of Religious Studies' Religion in Kansas Project, an endeavor to collect and digitally preserve resources that document the diversity and history of religious experience in Kansas. The Religion in Kansas Project places emphasis on making these resources free to the public and easily accessible online.
Funding for this program was provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

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