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Zanesville Campus to host Religion and Westward Expansion program

Ohio University Zanesville will host “Religion and the Westward Expansion,” one of the “On the Same Page Muskingum” events, as its kick-off to the 2015-16 Third Thursday Event series. The free program will take place at the Elson Hall Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. 

Jim Geyer, director of the Pioneer and Historical Society, will moderate a discussion with the Rev. Dr. James Schumacher, emeritus pastor of Trinity United Presbyterian Church, and Geoff Geyer of the Asbury Theological Seminary as they discuss the role of religion in Zane Grey’s novel “Riders of the Purple Sage.” The novel, first published in 1912, presents outdated religious stereotypes, particularly of the Mormon Church’s role in westward expansion. The speaker will address these issues and offer a historically accurate perspective.

“On the Same Page Muskingum” is a grassroots effort to promote literacy in the community, to celebrate local history and encourage civic pride, to get community members interacting with one another, and to bridge the intergenerational gap. For more information about other “On the Same Page Muskingum” events, e-mail onthesamepagemuskingum@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

The Religion and Westward Expansion program is part of Ohio University Zanesville’s Third Thursday event series.