MOORHEAD - If you didn't have a chance to see the hand-illuminated and hand-calligraphed Saint John's Bible at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead in 2017, take heart.
The "Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible" exhibition has been extended through Sunday, Feb. 4.
Originally scheduled to end Dec. 31, the exhibit yielded record-breaking attendance numbers in the fourth quarter - typically the slowest quarter for the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. Communications Coordinator Davin Wait says this prompted discussions of an extension. Official numbers have not yet been tallied, but Wait says unofficially more than 10,000 people visited the exhibit during that time frame.
While the extension could mean a few changes regarding which pages are on display - due to strict rules about how many hours each page spends under light - the exhibit will include some combination of the 68 folios from the seven volumes of the Saint John's Bible.
"It's gratifying to know that the crowds have embraced this project so warmly," says Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John's Bible in a press release. "From the very first mark, this project was created to inspire and be shared as widely as possible. Saint John's Abbey and University is extremely pleased to be able to extend this exhibition in the Fargo-Moorhead community."
A team of calligraphers, artists, theologians and scholars spent more than 10 years creating each of the more than 1,100 pages using hand-cut quills and ancient inks ground from precious minerals on the calfskin vellum.
Wait says other exhibits will be ending during the extension, so a special buy-one-get-one admission event will take place Jan. 20.
The exhibit will be available during the museum's regular hours as well as the weekend. Check www.hcscconline.org for times.
Once the exhibit ends, the pages will be returned to Collegeville, Minn., where they will rotate between storage and exhibition.