Places of Negotiation (page 2)

Religion: Places of Worship

Religion: Places of Worship

Freedom of religion is an ideal that has contributed to remarkable religious and cultural diversity in the United States. Especially in recent decades, additional global religious groups have found the opportunity to worship freely here. Although religious beliefs sometimes divide people along ethnic or cultural lines, they can also bring diverse peoples together in shared faith and values.

Faith and Community

Religious institutions have provided support for communities in navigating life in America and encouraged broader civic involvement. While religious institutions have at times pushed people of differing views apart, many have also brought diverse peoples together in shared faith.

Memorial service following deadly tornado, 2013

Hindu Temple Society of North America

The Hindu Temple Society of North America, founded in 1970, was among the first and most prominent Hindu temples in the New York City area. This prototype of the temple’s religious symbol, once carved into the building, represents religious diversity through five of the world’s major faiths illuminated by the lamp of knowledge and acceptance.

Prototype religious symbol for Hindu Temple Society, around 1970

Hindu Temple Society of North America

The next stop on our tour is to your right.

Sports: On the Baseball Field

Sports: On the Baseball Field

Baseball has brought together people from diverse cultures throughout the last century, but until the mid-1900s major league baseball was a segregated game. The all-American game has reflected the nation’s major issues and debates about race and ethnicity. The game has been one way for immigrants and those facing discrimination to negotiate what it means to be American.

All-American Game

Baseball united people from different backgrounds and provided one way for immigrant groups to seek acceptance.

Bat used by Stan Musial, 1958

Stan Musial was the son of a Polish immigrant.

Helmet used by Carl Yastrzemski, around 1970s

Carl Yastrzemski was born in a Polish bilingual household.

Turn around toward the back wall. Begin to the left of the alcove with the section label and follow the guide to your right to learn about Chicago and Los Angeles.