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The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum holds the world's largest collection of original historical manuscripts. The Museum's primary mission is the preservation of the writings of great authors, scientists, composers, philosophers, statesmen, sovereigns and leaders, from all periods in world history.
All admissions, as well as outreach program services, are provided free of charge to the public. The Museum, one of eleven Karpeles Museums around the country, strives to promote literacy and education. Exhibits are created around a particular theme and rotated every four months. The Museum also serves as an art gallery, showcasing the finest local and regional artists.
Overlooking Klutho Park along Hogan's Creek, the Karpeles Museum creates an impressive entrance to Historic Springfield. The massive Greek Revival structure, highlighted by towering Doric columns, was originally built in 1921 for the First Church of Christ Scientist. It was designed by Marsh & Saxelbye, well-known local architects, and built by W.D. Gerbich. Beyond its amazing structure, the building features beautiful stained glass windows and original 1920's fixtures.