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Karpeles Manuscript Library

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The Jacksonville Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum's primary mission is the preservation and educational presentation of the writings of great authors, scientists, composers, philosophers, statesmen, sovereigns, and leaders, from all periods in world history. The Museum strives to promote education and literacy within Jacksonville, with an emphasis on the under-served neighborhoods and constituents. The Jacksonville Karpeles is one of nine Karpeles Museums around the country and Museum founders, David and Marsha Karpeles, are committed to providing each of these communities free access to original manuscript exhibits.

Through community partnerships and in association with local schools and libraries, the Museum is able to impact a diverse audience of children with special programs. Via our Mini-Museum outreach program, The Jacksonville Karpeles strives to promote history and literacy in libraries and schools throughout our city and region, including the twelve public schools in the Mayor's Intensive Care Neighborhoods. Young children are specifically targeted with special programs in history and art, including an exciting and innovative new educational outreach program created to teach literacy and government theory to Kindergartners! This program features special historical sketches and accompanying narrative scripts which were originally produced by the Educational Division of the Disney Company, specifically for children. Brought to life for the first time by the Jacksonville Karpeles, this program has with such enthusiastic audience response and media attention that it has recently been expanded nationwide.

The Jacksonville Karpeles continuously aims to be a vital part of the arts and culture expansion of Jacksonville and to be a significant contributor to downtown Jacksonville/Springfield re-growth and investiture. Dedicated to community partnering, The Jacksonville Karpeles offers its historic 1921 Neo-Classical building as an exhibition venue for both emerging and established regional artists, and for special community events, such as the James Weldon Johnson Festival.

Our primary mission and other goals are frequently reviewed by our National Board and our Jacksonville Community Advisory Board.

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