Tourism involves travel-based hyper-consumerism that consumes and thus degrades the very attractions that appeal to tourists.

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The Newark Earthworks in Ohio are monuments to the human genius of ancient people who erected these awe-inspiring structures that rank among the world’s most magnificent wonders.

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Religion in the early history of Springfield, Illinois, through the period of Abraham Lincoln’s residency there, which had a formative impact on Lincoln’s own religious faith.

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Religious elements of national parks may not be obvious, but visitors’ experiences rely to some extent on traditions of religious travel and religio-aesthetic interpretations.

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Springfield, Illinois, is a Lincoln-haunted town, and much of the old downtown has a Lincoln association of some sort or another. But more than Lincoln has happened there.

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At many tourist sites, authenticity reigns as the holy grail of the religious quest, a sacred commodity positioned to seduce touristic desires.

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A Nez Perce delegation arrived in St. Louis in 1831, but Protestants and Catholics tell very different stories about them.

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is unlike any other canyon in color, charm, in picturesque calendar-ready beauty, wild and frightening.

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Wonder-Land Illustrated by Harry J. Norton, published in 1873, was one of the first tourbooks recounting the Yellowstone experience for a general audience.

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Rev. Edwin J. Stanley’s 1873 tour of Yellowstone made him a witness to “the scepter of the irrepressible white man” in the divine right of Manifest Destiny.

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The current issue of Chebacco focuses on the history of religion on Maine’s largest island and includes my essay on religion in Acadia National Park.

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Montana’s leading citizens included Masons who sought to civilize the wild lands of Yellowstone by claiming it as a park.

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