Lancaster Online | Lancaster Bible College hosting Museum of the Bible exhibit Sunday

In November 2017, the Museum of the Bible will open in Washington, D.C. The private, eight-floor, 430,000 square-foot museum will house thousands of religious artifacts from around the world.

At any given time, the rotating collection may include portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls,  Julia Ward Howe’s original handwritten manuscript of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and/or early American and celebrity-owned Bibles. Among those Bibles is one that belonged to Elvis Presley and contains  his personal notes.

Thanks to a suggestion by Museum of the Bible board member Allon H. Lefever, of Manheim Township, Lancaster County residents will get a sneak peak at some of the artifacts during an Awareness Event Sunday at Lancaster Bible College’s Good Shepherd Chapel. The 6 p.m. reception is free and open to the public.

An entrepreneuer and former executive for several Lancaster County companies, Lefever said he likes “to   do things that have an impact. This looks like it will be a good event.”

Lancaster Bible College board member Harold Mast, who had a role in bringing the event to the college, said he was “hooked” after attending an Awareness Event in Washington  last year.

“The museum will be the most high-tech museum in Washington, D.C.,” he wrote in an email. “I am excited about having a first-class museum for a first-class book.”