Oklahoma State University

Manifold Greatness Crusades into the Library

King James Bible exhibit comes to Edmon Low

August 27, 2012
Story by Emily Nielsen, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The OSU Library will host the exhibitManifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” Aug. 22 through Sept.19.

“Manifold Greatness” tells the story of the King James Bible and its cultural influence up to today. It was brought to OSU through a grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which was awarded to catalog librarian Misty Smith and digital library services librarian Nicole Sump-Crethar.

“We were excited for the opportunity and thought Oklahoma could offer a unique perspective on this exhibit by tying in the influence the publication of the King James Bible had on Native American culture,” Smith said.

Smith and Sump-Crethar began working on the grant in early 2011, and were notified in July 2011 that the OSU Library had been chosen as one of only 40 institutions nationwide to receive the traveling exhibit. The OSU Library is the only location in Oklahoma to house “Manifold Greatness.”

“I think the communities at and around OSU have a special interest in this exhibit, with a population that’s attracted to cultural opportunities, has a strong faith community and the many scholars here who are engaged in research that relates to themes represented in this exhibit,” Sump-Crethar said.

The exhibition is on display in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room through Sept. 19. It is free and open to the public. A series of events related to the exhibit will also take place throughout its stay, along with complementing displays located both in the Library and at the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History. More information about these events and exhibits can be found online at www.library.okstate.edu/manifoldgreatness.

Visitors also have the opportunity to take guided tours of the exhibit. The Library has docents available to help visitors make the most of their time at “Manifold Greatness.” To schedule a tour with a docent, groups of any size can call Nicole Sump-Crethar at 405-744-9109.

“Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas, 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. Local presentation of this exhibit is made possible by the Oklahoma State University Library. Other local partners include OSU departments of art, English and religious studies, and the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Homeschool Group, Payne County Historical Society and Stillwater Ministerium. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in Manifold Greatness do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the exhibit and related events at OSU or to download educational materials and videos visit www.library.okstate.edu/manifoldgreatness.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 245,000 students to serve Oklahoma, the nation and the world.


URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/pressroom/manifold/exhibit.htm
Last Updated: 27 Aug 2012

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