Thanks to our supporters, the Roman Theater and Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery are an integral part of our exhibit! Like in the antiquity, our Roman Theater is the center of our events. We look forward to using it for our upcoming Easter Sunrise Service and Roman Army Day! Biblical History Center is so thankful for its supporters, like you.
Let’s revisit an exciting phase in our development as we raised funds to complete our Roman Theater and Market Street:
In 2011, after two years of fundraising efforts, we have been able to raise enough money to complete Phase 1 of the lower portion of the Roman Theater and adjacent market street. In these difficult economic times when donations to many educational non-profit organizations have been down by 50%, we have been grateful for the continued support and vision of friends of EIA.
Fortunately the Callaway Foundation, Inc. said they would not require us to raise the entire projected amount before assisting us with matching grants. They were willing to help us with Phase 1, the lower theater, stage and market street. The $150,000 we raised was generously matched (dollar for dollar), enabling the beautiful construction pictured.
An important educational point influencing the vision of our museum is to have our reconstructions within a living cultural and archaeological setting of how they would have been utilized by people in antiquity. Our theater, for example, is in the exact center of our archaeological exhibit reconstructions. Beyond the stage one can see 180 degrees of “props” to illustrate an infinite possibility of scenes from the life of the shepherd, farmer and village in Biblical times.
Sounding brasses (used for enhancing audio effects at the theater) can be seen on the state, as well as a box seat for the governor at the far left. Though this first seven rows of the theater can seat only 90 people, when completing the widening arcs of the upper eight rows, the capacity will expand to 350-400. We hope the completed theater may help us host a variety of educational and fundraising events featuring meaningful musical and dramatic offerings to the public.
It is now time to begin raising funds for the Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery to be built under the upper rows of the theater. This most exciting phase of the project is explained in the next pages. We have expanded this newsletter in order to share with you our excitement about the next phase of this project.