the late 1800s to the late 1930s, the availability of reasonably
priced land, paying jobs, and the economic potential of southwestern
Alberta attracted settlers, industrial workers, and business people.
A traditional spirituality was already well developed in the Niisitapii
(Blackfoot) community and each new group of immigrants brought
their own religion with them.
integration, layers, and mixture of faiths has made this region
unique, as each contributed to development of rural and urban
Beyond regular services for their own congregation,
people of the faith looked to serve their community through support
for the sick, elderly and needy, the development of education
and medical institutions, the organization of social and recreational
youth programs, the sharing of music and drama, and by contributing
to the economy in valuable ways.
Religion in the Bible Belt explores the
contributions of various spiritual groups to the broader community,
taking into account the religious beliefs, attitudes and activities
of the time.
Exhibit developed by Galt Museum & Archives with community