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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 said.

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 .


Sea trek provides re-enactment of Saints' journey
BYU NewsNet 1Nov00 N6
By Janene Pack: NewsNet Staff Writer


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