It’s the 400th Birthday of the King James Bible!
In 1897, the Reverend Daniel Greatorex, Vicar of St. Paul’s Whitechapel, donated a rare edition of the 1611 King James Bible to St. John’s College, now part of the University of Manitoba.
This year, 2011, is therefore the 400th anniversary of the printing of that Bible, now one of the most precious items in the University of Manitoba’s Archives and Special Collections within the Elizabeth Dafoe Library.
This week, the University of Manitoba, St. John’s College and the Canadian Mennonite University have united to bring together a display that places this watershed in religious and printing history into context.
The display will be formally opened with a presentation on Thursday, October 27, 2011, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. It will take place in Room 330, Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections, Fort Garry campus. The display will be for viewing until April 2012. Additional lectures and presentations will be scheduled during the run of the display.
Refreshments provided at Thursday’s event. All are welcome.
Free parking is available behind the Elizabeth Dafoe Library.
The King James Bible in the University’s collection has been digitized and can be viewed and read online at: http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/digital/bible/index.html
For more information, please contact Shelley Sweeney, head, Archives and Special Collections, at: 204-474-6350, or David Watt, English, St John’s College, at: 204-474-8945