December 12, 1808 was the first formal meeting of the Bible Society
of Philadelphia. The first president was Bishop William White and Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
the first Vice-president. For 200 years the Pennsylvania Bible Society has lived into its mission to distribute Holy Scripture
without note or comment to all who want to hear it, at an affordable price, or free of charge to those unable to pay.
On December 12, 2008 hundred of supporters of the
Pennsylvania Bible Society celebrated 200 years at the Downtown Club at 6th and Chestnut, the site of the first
location of the Bible Society. The Bible Society's present location is 701 Walnut Street. PBS has been distributing
Bibles from that location since 1853.
A direct outgrowth
of the world's first Bible Society founded in England less than two decades earlier, the Pennsylvania Bible Society broke
ground in America for the many state societies which shortly followed in its footsteps. In a true sense, the bicentennial
of PBS is also the 200 year celebration of the start of the Bible movement in America which aimed to give to each person who
wanted it, access to Holy Scripture, free of note or comment, at an affordable cost, or free of charge to those who couldn't
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