America has always welcomed and embraced people from all countries and of all faiths. One of the first tasks facing each group of settlers was the building of a place to worship. The result is a mosaic of houses of worship that create a religious heritage unequaled anywhere else in the world.
The significance, grandeur, and magnificence of thirteen sacred spaces are revealed in the WNED-TV production AMERICA’S HOUSES OF WORSHIP. Inspired from the success of WNED’s previous local productions, BUFFALO’s HOUSES OF WORSHIP (2002) and TORONTO’S HOUSES OF WORSHIP (2005), this stunning program provides breathtaking views of the interiors and exteriors of some of the nation’s most outstanding landmarks of faith. Through fascinating interviews with experts, historians, and individuals connected with these holy places, the program also reveals how the history of American religious architecture is--in essence--the history of America itself.
This tour through AMERICA’S HOUSES OF WORSHIP reflects diversity in geography and faith and begins with the country’s earliest religious structures. Featured in the program are: Old Ship Meeting House (Unitarian) in Hingham, Massachusetts; First Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island; St. Luke's Old Brick Church (Anglican) in Smithfield, Virginia; Mission San Xavier del Bac (Roman Catholic) in Tucson, Arizona; The Cadet Chapel (Protestant) at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York; Trinity Church (Episcopalian) in New York, New York; Beth Shalom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; Our Lady of Victory Basilica & National Shrine (Roman Catholic) in Buffalo, New York; The New Horizon Sanctuary (Baptist) in Atlanta, Georgia; Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts; Cathedral Basilica (Roman Catholic) in St. Louis, Missouri; Crystal Cathedral (Reformed Church in America) in Anaheim, California; and the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington, DC.
"All of these houses of worship have meaning to their communities and congregations. But there is also a powerful significance to the rest of the nation in the history of each of these structures and what they mean in American history," said John Grant, Executive Producer. “These sacred spaces have become icons of their times.”
AMERICA’S HOUSES OF WORSHIP will be broadcast on PBS stations across the country in December 2005. It was co-produced for PBS by WNED-TV and Driftwood Productions, Inc.