Larry's Look | Museum of the Alphabet

Larry's Look | Museum of the Alphabet

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by LARRY SPRINKLE / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

WAXHAW, N.C. -- Not too far from the town of Waxhaw, North Carolina---you’ll find one of the most unique museums in the world.

It’s the Museum of the Alphabet, exploring ancient alphabets from around the world and shows how Wycliffe Bible Translators develops written representations of spoken languages.

The Museum is the fulfillment of a dream by William Cameron Townsend "to help the world come to a genuine appreciation of the gift of writing systems." Most people never think about the tools for reading and writing.

They have no concern about what life would be like without an alphabet.

And they have no idea that thousands of people groups around the world still have no way to read and write their own spoken language.

Where did writing begin? Who created our alphabets? 

You can trace the history of writing systems---from the ancient world to the present time.

There maps, paintings, and sculptures. The displays there include a copy of the Rosetta Stone, a 150 year-old Torah scroll, and a handmade lyre. 

You can print your name in Arabic, Assyrian, Hebrew, and Punjabi.

This morning on Larry’s Look, we got a special view of the Museum.  It’s actually located across the street from the JAARS Center in Union County.

JAARS is a non-profit organization that helps organizations around the world get practical, day-to-day support for Bible translation.

JAARS focuses on five main types of practical support: aviation, land transportation, water transportation, information technology, and media.

For more about the museum, go to: www.jaars.org

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