Bringing together an unprecedented collection of manuscripts, objects, and books to investigate the fascinating journeys of early American travelers to the Holy Land. American involvement in the Holy Land was motivated by religious zeal, much of it inspired by the Old Testament.
By the early 19th century, Americans, began to undertake the arduous journey to the Levant. Biblical scholars Edward Robinson and Eli Smith; Commander William F. Lynch; Thomas Cook; Mark Twain and Herman Melville; and missionaries James Turner Barclay and William McClure Thomson, all embarked on this adventure. The catalog is in two languages, English and Hebrew, and contains over 100 color illustrations.