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National SAR Library to Showcase Lunar Bible Exhibit

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Lunar Bible carried to the Moon. Click to enlarge.

One of only twelve flight-certified Lunar Bibles in existence will be on display at the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Genealogical Research Library beginning on Monday, March 9, 2015.

The Lunar Bible was carried to the surface of the Moon by the Apollo 14 astronauts in 1971. This extremely rare complete Lunar Bible contains all 1,245 pages of the King James Bible printed on 1½ inch square Microform within a unique hand-made reliquary. This artifact is the first published book ever carried by mankind to landfall on another celestial world and is profoundly important to the rare book community worldwide.

The collection aims to captivate visitors with related museum pieces connecting America’s united efforts during the Revolutionary War and the 1960s “space race” to overcome obstacles and strive toward new horizons. The historical significance of the Bible, such as its presence during Presidential inaugurations and as a medium for genealogical records, will also be presented. The Lunar Bible is on loan for one year courtesy of Mr. Al Newberry, PE of the Arkansas Society, SAR.

To date, the SAR Library collection contains over 55,000 items including family histories; local, county, and state records; and on-line genealogical databases. The Library is open to the public on weekdays from 9:30AM until 4:30PM and on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until 4:00PM. On the Monday before an open Saturday, the Library will be closed. For more information on exhibit admission and scheduling group visits, please contact Ms. Colleen Wilson at cwilson@sar.org.

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