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Bridwell Library presents
'Four Centuries of Religious Books for Children'

January 18, 2012

DALLAS (SMU) – Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition, “Four Centuries of Religious Books for Children,” January 20 – May 12, 2012.

Selection from Four Centuries of Religious Books for Children
Click to see a slide show of samples from the exhibit.

This exhibition in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library explores religious books specifically written for children and printed in Europe and America between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Included are Bibles and psalms, catechisms, instructional works, moral stories, devotional literature, and hymnals. Authors, editors, and publishers in each of these genres employ numerous strategies involving the choice of text, image, and physical format to engage young readers. Intended both to instruct and delight, these publications provided a foundation for students’ future religious education and faith.

There is no charge for admission to this exhibition or Bridwell Library. An online version of the exhibition is available for the duration of the exhibition.

Bridwell Library is located at 6005 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, Texas, 75205. More information about Bridwell Library is available at, at 214-768-3483, or Information about public parking at SMU, along with maps of the SMU campus, is available at

Bridwell Library offers a rich array of materials and services in support of the study and research needs of the students and faculty of Perkins School of Theology and the Graduate Program in Religious Studies. Bridwell is also the principal bibliographic resource at Southern Methodist University for the fields of theology and religious studies. Bridwell welcomes researchers from all areas of the university as well as the extended religious and academic communities

Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Church Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry, as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.