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Sharing World Culture Through Ancient Manuscripts 1:30-3:00 pm
Monday, April 30, 2018, 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM
RiverWest Community Room
401 1st St. S.
Come and hear the amazing story of how a small group of Benedictine monks in central Minnesota created a manuscript preservation project that now reaches around the world. When the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) of St. John’s Abbey began microfilming manuscripts 50 years ago, there was no internet and no virtual reality. There were, however, manuscripts in monasteries in Austria that had been threatened by World War II. Today the manuscript preservation project’s geography has expanded to include Turkey, Syria, Ethiopia, India and Mali. Featured on “60 Minutes” last December, the project has gained worldwide attention and acceptance by scholars, governments and interested citizens. This same group of monks produced the St. John’s Bible Project, a recently completed effort to reproduce the Bible in calligraphy, by hand, with spectacular illustrations. This informational program is a preview to the MCC day tour to see the St. John’s Bible and HMML on Friday, May 4.