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Monuments and Memorials

Collective memory places itself on Minnesota’s religious landscape. What we choose to remember and how we concretize those memories in places via monuments and memorials can reveal core values and commitments we share -- what matters to us together – and can also reveal through contestation and disagreement what divides us. In both respects, memorials and monuments can be said to be sacred: places of sacred beginnings or sacred events, or places consecrated by tragedy and trauma and loss. Such places can be overtly religious; they can also be sacred in less institutional ways. Nonetheless where the sacred is, or where the threat of desecration presents itself – these are places of interest to students of religions in Minnesota.




Among the most sacred Native American places in Minnesota are the Pipestone quarries in the southwestern corner of...

Unpublished Exhibits

Ten Commandments Monuments in Minnesota

On the corner of Division Street and Central Avenue in Faribault, Minnesota, out in front of the Thomas Scott Buckham...