Welcome to Sacred Wonderland: history and meaning in the national parks
On the Sacred Wonderland site you will find articles, commentaries, images, and conversations that explore the history of American national parks and their meanings for visitors and the nation. I invite you to share your views and experiences of national parks in the spirit of my guiding principles of learn, grow, share.
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The Sacred Wonderland site is created and administered by:
Thomas S. Bremer
Writer – Historian – Teacher
Thomas S. Bremer, Ph.D., writes about the history of religion in America. His research has focused on the intersections of religion and tourism, considering how visitors find religious meanings in their travel experiences.
His first book Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism recounts the history of San Antonio, Texas, as a travel destination, with chapters on the history of the Alamo as a tourist site and on the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. His second book, Formed from this Soil: An Introduction to the Diverse History of Religion in America tells a global story of American religious history with a focus on the diverse sacred traditions and practices that have existed on American soil from its earliest days. His other publications are listed in his CV on Academia.edu.
Dr. Bremer’s current project involves the history of religions related to Yellowstone National Park. His interest in Yellowstone is a natural outgrowth of his earlier research on the national park in San Antonio, but it also stems from his own experiences visiting and working in the park.
In addition to his writing and historical researches, Dr. Bremer teaches American religious history and various other courses in the Religious Studies Department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
You can reach Dr. Bremer by email: email@example.com
or through Twitter: @TomBremer
[The “hot springs” emoji ♨ suggests to me the first national parks (Hot Springs in Arkansas, and Yellowstone in Wyoming), but also the origins of life in superheated ancient environments. Plus it has a more personal meaning, but I save that only for those closest to me.]