BOUNTIFUL — A New Testament that came over on the Mayflower in the 1600s and a Bible that was on the Titanic are two of more than a dozen historical items on exhibit at the Liberty Hills Academy open house on May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The academy has a new location at 95 N. Main St., Bountiful. The school recently bought the former Wight House Reception Center on historic Main Street, not far from the Bountiful Tabernacle. The upper floor has been converted into classrooms and ballroom was kept for an assembly hall and for events, according to information from the school leadership.
The academy is an accredited, nonprofit private school that is kindergarten through 12th grade.
The school “aligns with the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” and emphasizes developing strong moral character and personal responsibility in addition to academics, according to information from the school.1 comment on this story
The historical items are from the collection of Brent and Charlene Ashworth. The items include Bradford William’s Calvinist New Testament published in 1602 and brought on the Mayflower to America in 1620; the “Prospective View of the Battle Fought near Lake George on the 8th of Sept. 1755,” which is America’s first published battle map from the French and Indian War; a handwritten letter by Benjamin Franklin signed to his sister in 1758 comparing faith, hope and charity; an original Poor Richard’s Almanack published in 1765; George Washington’s letter from June 13, 1783, giving credit to divine providence for winning liberty and independence; Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten letter signed “Last Prayer” from 1817; a letter from John Adams to Dr. Benjamin Rush, defining and elaborating on his being a Christian in 1810; Helen Keller’s writing in 1906 on how blind children celebrate Christmas; the Titanic Bible from 1912; and Harry S. Truman’s prayer.