The traveling exhibition Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible is now finished. It is no longer on tour.
The traveling exhibition appeared at 40 different sites across the United States from September 2011 to July 2013. It was free and open to the public at each location, and each site also offered free public programs with lectures or discussions by qualified scholars. You can see many of the events and displays at the host sites in entries that were posted on the Manifold Greatness blog during the tour.
Full of rich images and information, the exhibition consisted of fourteen graphic panels combining narrative text with numerous high-resolution images of rare books, manuscripts, and works of art, printed on double-sided, freestanding banners. On April 17, 2011, the banners made a preview appearance at the Folger Shakespeare Library during its annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House.
Like this website and the Bodleian, Folger, and Ransom Center Manifold Greatness exhibitions, the traveling exhibition told the fascinating story of the origins, creation, and impact of the 1611 King James Bible, resulting in a new understanding of the book’s social, cultural, literary, and religious influence over four centuries.
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 was 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.