The King James Bible and Family History: A Dialogue with Michael Galgano, JMU Department of History

Where Massanutten Regional Library Main Branch

Duration 2 hours

The dialogue explores the origins of the King James Bible and its growing role in family history over the generations. In the first century following its publication, it bonded families around the hearth for daily readings and scriptural discussions. It also served all generations as the family record of significant events, family memories, and rites of passage. For many families, it has become a fundamental link to their past and a promise of the family’s enduring future.
We encourage all participants to bring their own Bible to share with the group.
We also encourage all to view the exhibit accompanying the series of discussions being held at EMU Hartzler Library.

Michael Galgano is Professor of History at JMU. He offers courses in Research Methods, Family and Social History and has published on childhood and gender in Early Modern Europe.

Lois Bowman is Librarian, Menno Simons Historical Library, Eastern Mennonite University.

The traveling exhibition Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, and the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. It is based on the exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Intended Audience General Public

Tags ACAD, Intellectual Life

Contact Information

Name Stephanie Bush

Phone # 540.432.4170