Family Binding Bibles pass down faith as well as heritage

Stories of the family Bible

Mary Beth Petr keeps her family Bible on a special prayer stand wrapped with an old curtain cord.

Family binding: Bibles pass down faith as well as heritage

Family Bibles demonstrate more than a religious lineage — they often tell the stories of those that came before through records of births, marriages and deaths as well as photos and other keepsakes.

Finding the rightful owner: Winifred Lynch

At 89, Lynch is hopeful that she can see her well-worn family Bible make it back into the bloodline in which it belongs.


Grammaton 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm also a traditional bookbinder and am currently restoring a family bible (I am in the process of mending tears and reinforcing the signatures so the book can be completely re-sewn). I live in Lawrence a few blocks away from downtown/Mass. St. I'm not interested in promoting my work; I'm interested in sharing knowledge and discussing details that most binders will not -- details that are considered closely-guarded secrets in some circles but are, in actuality, intermediate steps in traditional binding. If you'd like to get a glimpse of the process of restoration or have questions about bookbinding in general, feel free to contact me and stop by for a coffee and a chat. I'm happy to talk about any aspect of the art.

whatupdown 7 years, 3 months ago

I Love The Bible, but christian churches anymore seem to be a place where people go and pay to be judged by hippocrates.

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