Luther Bible College in Rockford will host an exhibit of nearly 200 facsimiles and replicas of books, manuscripts, illustrations, paintings and other documents, including the armor and death mask of the 16th century reformer Martin Luther, from April 18 to June 13. Life magazine voted Luther the third most influential person in the past millennium.
Rockford is one of 12 cities in North America in which the exhibit will be shown. Before the Rockford showing, the Luther Exhibit was in Fort Wayne, Ind., and after in St. Louis. Luther Bible College is at 625 E. Jefferson St. in Rockford. The Lutherthe Reformer Exhibit is sponsored by the Luther Center in Wittenberg, Germany, and the government of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Included in the display are facsimiles of the first Gutenberg Bible, paintings and illustrations by the artists Albrecht Durer and Lucas Cranach, items from Luthers home, including his goblet, a letter by his wife, Katherine von Bora, and illustrated transcripts by Luther. A lecture series is planned in conjunction with the exhibit.
Sunday School classes, confirmation classes, youth groups, adult groups, and individuals will gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of Luther the Reformer upon viewing the exhibit.
The exhibit will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tour groups and church and school groups may call (815) 961-9673 to schedule a visit. Suggested donation: adults$3; students and seniors$2; children 12 and youngerfree. Call Luther Bible College at (815) 961-9673 for more information.