Nicole Kirk is professor of Unitarian Universalist history at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. She is currently working on her book Wanamakerâ€™s Temple: John Wanamaker and the Wanamaker Department Store.
It begins in February. Parents scour websites in the often-competitive sport of hunting for summer camp options. The goal is to keep our children happy, occupied and perhaps even learning something during the long summer.
Summer camps are a relatively new invention, introduced in the early 20th century.
Through the off-again, on-again plans for the Saturday mail, religious leaders and organizations remained quiet. Perhaps they had too many other pressing concerns. What was missed was any discussion of the postal serviceâ€™s importance in American religious history, a history that has been marked by religious frustration and innovation.
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