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After 30 years, Karpeles Manuscript Museum to close in Jacksonville

Published on January 6, 2023 at 11:32 am

Jacksonville’s Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Springfield will close in the next few weeks as the museum’s parent company reorganizes its collection.

The museum, open since 1992, is one of more than a dozen Karpeles facilities spread around the country to display founder David Karpeles’ collection of rare documents and manuscripts. Karpeles, a mathematician, inventor and real estate investor, passed away in 2022, leaving his family to deal with the collection.

Cheryl Karpeles Alleman, his daughter, is now chief financial officer for Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums. She’s also the one who convinced her father to open a branch in a former First Church of Christ, Scientist building between downtown and Springfield. She said the decision to close several locations around the country, including Jacksonville, wasn’t an easy one.

Read the rest of this story at the Florida Times-Union, a Jacksonville Today news partner.