Museum exhibit highlights Salvation Army Culture

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by Kevin Jackson, CAPTAIN – 


The story of The Salvation Army is often told by a chronological timeline and a few notable events such as WWI Doughnut Girls or the San Francisco earthquake. These are important, but stories about people—a single woman officer on the American frontier ministering to the small corps in the Rocky Mountains, for example—are equally significant.

Faces, Places and Traces: A Pictorial History of The Salvation Army in the American West is a new traveling exhibit of The Salvation Army Museum of the West that treats the Army’s past in the American West in a more inclusive and dynamic way. The exhibit will emphasize that the cultural diversity of the Western Territory is not a recent development as some might suggest, but from the first days of our ministry has been a part of who we are.

Available in January 2005 to Army and non-Army museums and organizations, the mobile exhibit will celebrate The Salvation Army culture developed in the American West…creating music, camping and fishing together, singing songs around a campfire dressed as cowboys, living lives as committed, mission-driven Christians. The exhibit illustrates our Salvation Army public ministry in history and also seeks to inject a view of our humanity.

Faces, Places and Traces will be open to the public at The Salvation Army Museum of the West, Crestmont College from June through December 2004, before going on the road. For information, contact or (310) 265-6241.

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