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Monday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Acts of Faith:

Religion and the American West

April 20 – August 4

Explore how a diverse range of religious practices shaped the American West and how the American West shaped religion.


Belief, Violence, Resilience in the American West

No single narrative can explain the impacts of various religions in the American West. Spanning more than 200 years up to modern day, Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West is an enlightening, powerful multifaceted exploration of the many ways diverse religious practices and spiritualties impacted peoples’ lives in the West and how experiences influenced and shaped belief systems.

Through an engaging gallery of art, objects, panels and displays, Acts of Faith offers both a feast for the senses, as well as posing thought-provoking questions about the past, present and future of religious diversity in the nation.

The Eiteljorg’s former director of religion and culture initiatives and current guest curator, Jessica Nelson, Ph.D. wrote the companion book, Religion and the American West: Violence, Belief, and Resilience from 1800 to Today, available for purchase in the Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store. Nelson has also curated an additional section of the exhibition.

Looking to learn more?

Here are some recommended resources so you can dive deeper into the themes and history touched in Acts of Faith.

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