Missionary Presses

Entry Hall
August 29 – December 5, 2014


Introduction


This exhibition highlights Bibles and other religious texts in indigenous languages published by missionary presses in the nineteenth century.  Printed throughout the world in a variety of languages and letterforms, these translations were disseminated for local use as an integral element of conversion efforts by various denominations.   Reminders of the numerous difficulties of communicating across cultural, theological, and linguistic boundaries, these works testify to the series of collaborations between translators, native speakers, and printers whose combined efforts created the sacred and instructional works here on display.