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Apr  2011 01
A Hidden Treasure

Have you ever experienced the feeling of a splendid “awe” that overcomes you upon entering a room? That’s the feeling I get when I enter the Beasley Rare Book Room at Phillips Theological Seminary. I feel overpowered with deep respect and my senses are heightened by the surroundings. What a “grand” room indeed! If you will, like I do, quiet yourself and soak it all in, then you will experience the thrill of a lifetime! 

I have a great love of the written word, and a profound respect for those who have had their writings published for the public to enjoy. It is hard to imagine the extraordinary effort it took many hundreds of years ago to have something written and preserved. We reap the rewards of those efforts today, as this “museum-like” place has books on display dating from as far back as 1479. Most are religious works that hold great value in the academia arena.  

I am returned to an unknown time. My eyes are taken into another realm by the lighting that uses special bulbs to prevent fading of the artifacts. These treasures are housed in specially designed cabinetry--complete with acid-free surroundings, so the old book musty smell is lost. I imagine that I can almost hear that still small voice as I stand trying to absorb the knowledge and the history. 

Recently dedicated in November 2010, it is our hidden treasure! Won’t you walk with me through history and tour the Beasley Rare Book Room by visiting the Beasley Rare Book Room page.

 


 



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