Inside take on a Folger, Bodleian, and Ransom Center exhibition on the creation and afterlife of the King James Bible on the 400th anniversary of its publication.

KSU Docents Make It All Possible

Student intern, Robyn Gagne, practices her tour with other docents.

The simultaneous opening of Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible and Kennesaw State University’s exhibit How God Became English: The Making of the King James Bible provided students an opportunity to hone their research and public speaking skills as docents. Eight students have been reviewing  exhibit materials, attending workshops with Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books staff, and preparing tours over the last several weeks. Without these individuals’ enthusiasm and commitment, the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books would not be able to provide the visitor with the type of educational engagement for which we strive. The docents contextualize the materials on display and provide connections between the two exhibits that enrich and enhance the information presented.

Robyn Gagne, Kennesaw State University senior and Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books intern, describes her experience in our docent program, “I was never a shy person, but my public speaking skills were not very good. Volunteering to give tours has helped me learn to share the exhibit with many different groups of people in a way that is meaningful to them …”

A large crowd gathered to hear four Kennesaw State University faculty discuss the history and language of the King James Bible.

Not only are the docents available for tours, they have been invaluable to the successful implementation of our public programming.  A crowd of 125 gathered for our first public event, a faculty panel on “The History and Language of the King James Bible.” Our volunteers united to accommodate all guests and create a wonderful event.  We hope for a similar response to our upcoming events, generously sponsored by the NEH and ALA:

October 25 – Dr. Brent Strawn from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University lectures on “Bible Translation: Theory, Practice, and First-Hand Experience.”

October 29 – Librarians from the Georgia Room at the Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System partner with Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books staff for a workshop, “The Family Bible: A Historical and Genealogical Resource.”

For more information on these events, please visit our website at www.kennesaw.edu/kingjamesbible.

The Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books gives their deepest thanks to:

  • Robyn Gagne
  • Tiffany Bunch
  • Jane Custer
  • Chris Harris
  • Carter Ives
  • Allison McLaughlin
  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Payton Godfrey

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