By Rosemary Pollock
Mormon 'Sea Trek' To Be Re-enacted
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The Sea Trek Foundation has announced that a
group of the world's largest ships will set sail on August 7, 2001
from Esbjerg, Denmark and arrive in New York on October 4, 2001 in a
recreation of the migration of the 85,000 immigrants who came from
Europe to America. The historic migration of converts from The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took place 150 years ago.
William Sadleir, chair of the Sea Trek adventure, encourages students to
participate in the event. "Half of the immigrants who came to America were
under 21," said Sadleir. "We want to make sure the mix of people who
participate in Sea Trek are similar to the mix of people 150 years ago," he
Professor from Brigham Young University will participate in the event.
Chris Bowler, director of operations for Sea Trek, explains their
involvement. "The professors participating will put on forums for the
members of the church in the major cities visited by those on the recreated
journey," Bowler said.
"Rock the Dock" will perform at all of the major ports stopped at by the
Europeans during their original trek. "'Rock the Dock' is a celebration free
and open to the public that includes an eight-piece, live band and some of
the best performers in Utah," Sadleir said. "It's not what people typically
think of Mormons. It is our version of 'We are the World'," Sadleir added.
Jeffrey M. Surrell, senior vice president of Edelman Public Relations
compare the event to an Olympic curtain riser and hopes the media would
learn more about the church in a fun, open enviornment. "We want everyone
to become a part of this wonderful event, reliving history and strengthening
old ties," Sadleir said.
Sea Trek is open to the general public around the world and will welcome
everyone on a first-come first- serve basis. For more information visit
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By Janene Pack: NewsNet Staff Writer