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Today (Monday) in the United States is Memorial Day, a time each year when Americans remember military personnel who have died in service to their country. Answers in Genesis staff are remembering something else today as well: rejoicing in the fact that exactly one year ago, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to open AiG’s now-popular Creation Museum.1 In twelve months, a remarkable 404,800 visitors have poured through its doors.
(By the way, for Memorial Day, all U.S. military—active or veteran—can visit the museum at no charge.)
An excellent piece that appeared yesterday on the front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer (AiG’s hometown newspaper) offered a remembrance of the museum’s wonderful first year. The fair and balanced article by reporter Kari Wethington was accompanied by some beautiful photographs (but also mentioned some of the opposition the museum has seen). AiG staff (many dozen of whom are working today to handle what is expected to be a large holiday crowd) were encouraged to see a secular newspaper not only feature a major story that was not an agenda-driven piece (which is what we sometimes see from some major news outlets), but one that was done accurately.2 Two museum-related articles (with more photographs) appeared on page 10 of the Enquirer.
The eye-catching, above-the-fold headline was “A Prayerful Place,” with a subtitle that included the words “smash hit.” It provided an excellent retrospective of the museum’s first year. Though the online version of the article differs somewhat from the print version (such as the subtitle), this link will allow you to read a largely similar article (and see some of the photos) that appeared in the newspaper on Sunday.
Here are some excerpts from the article:
Today, we also pause to remember our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, with deep gratitude, for blessing this evangelistic, Bible-affirming center with hundreds of thousands of visitors. We rejoice in knowing that many are leaving the museum with changed lives: those who receive Christ as Savior after hearing the gospel message and those Christians who, now more emboldened in their faith, will be sharing the gospel with more effectiveness with their friends and family.