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History of Jacksonville, FL: Karpeles Museum

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Karpeles Museum

The Karpeles Manuscript Museum Library, located at 101 W. First Street, was originally built in 1921 as the church for Jacksonville's Christian Scientist Community, which was moving from the former Ahavath Chesed synagogue at the corner of Laura and Union which the Church had owned since 1908.  


In 1993 this stately Neoclassical building became one of the nine Karpeles Manuscript Museum Libraries nationwide, whose mission is devoted to preserving the writings of the greatest minds in world history. 

Image Courtesy J. Grey, CC BY NC

History of the Building


Photo of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, circa 1927. State Archives of Florida / Spottswood

Photo of the Interior view of the Christian Science Church Jacksonville, Florida, 1944. State Archives of Florida / Spottswood

Interview with director Richard Minor

In September of 2018, Prof. Isaac Brown's Digital Media class interviewed Richard Minor, director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, about the history of the Karpeles and its importance to the city. This video is the final project of one of the students in the class.

Karpeles Museum System

Christian Scientist Beginnings

Mary Baker Eddy,Mary Baker Eddy founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist. Photo from the Library of Congress, Public Domain.

Read a brief biography of Eddy here. (You must be logged into your library account to access this content.)

Christian Science Today

Photographs Karpeles Interior