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.
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 afford it.
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