• April 29, 2017

    10th Annual Ladies Tea & Tour

    More than 500 women enjoyed a lovely tea party, uplifting music and an encouraging message from Duck Dynasty’s Missy Robertson. See photos from the event.

  • October 21, 2017

    10th Annual Bikers with Boxes

    Ride to the Billy Graham Library for a day of fellowship, music, food, giveaways and much more—all to benefit Operation Christmas Child.

  • December 1-23, 2017

    10th Annual Christmas at The Library

    Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with light displays, fun family activities, and more!

  • December 2, 2017

    10th Annual Teddy Bear Tea

    Children ages five and older are invited to enjoy a Christmas tea, delicious holiday treats, festive entertainment, and more!

Timeline Ten Years of the Billy Graham Library

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    August 26, 2005

    With shovels in hand and smiles on their faces, these men broke ground on the Billy Graham Library. From left to right: Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham, former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, Franklin Graham and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association board member Graeme Keith. Two years later at the dedication, Franklin Graham said, “The Library is about a man who took God’s Gospel … to the ends of the earth. This Library is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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    May 31, 2007

    Billy Graham was against having a library named after him until it was explained that the Library could serve as “an ongoing Crusade” where people could hear the Gospel for generations to come. Billy and Franklin Graham, along with former presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, attended the dedication.

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    June 17, 2007

    Billy Graham’s beloved wife, Ruth Bell Graham, passed away shortly after the Library opened. “Ruth is my soul mate and best friend, and I cannot imagine living a single day without her by my side,” Mr. Graham said at the time of her death. Mrs. Graham is buried on the Library grounds. The site is open to visitors in the Memorial Prayer Garden.

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    March 19-20, 2008

    There’s something for everyone at the Library. This group from the Red Hat Society was among the first guests of what’s now an annual Ladies’ Tea and Tour. That first event was hosted with Billy Graham’s niece Cathie Bowers, Mr. Graham’s sister Jean Graham Ford and Mr. Graham’s secretary Stephanie Wills.

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    April 16, 2008

    The Library has hosted many book signings over the years, beginning with Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest ministries.

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    November 7, 2008

    Billy Graham’s 90th birthday gave the Library a reason to throw a two-day party.

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    November 22, 2008

    Also celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year is the Library’s Bikers with Boxes event, held every fall to benefit Operation Christmas Child.

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    December 1-23, 2008

    Christmas at the Library started the first full year the Library was open and is the Library’s largest annual undertaking. This month-long event draws people from hundreds of miles away to experience the true meaning of Christmas.

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    December 6, 2008

    The Teddy Bear Tea began in 2008 and has since become an annual Christmas event. Children not only receive bite-sized treats but hear about the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

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    June 1-July 31, 2009

    Over the years, the Library has featured special exhibits and displays to showcase additional artifacts and memorabilia than what is normally on display. A special exhibit dedicated to the life of Ruth Bell Graham was created in 2009 to honor both her birth and death anniversaries.

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    April 7, 2010

    Former Vice President Al Gore visited the Library shortly after it was renovated.

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    April 21, 2010

    The Billy Graham Library reopened following the addition of a Thomas Kinkade mural, prayer room, and library.

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    December 20, 2010

    Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush visited the Library for a book signing, giving Billy Graham the first signed book of the day.

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    April 9, 2011

    Billy Graham’s oldest daughter, Gigi Graham, encouraged over 250 women with stories from her own life at the fourth annual Ladies’ Tea and Tour.

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    April 19, 2011

    Tom White’s “Sower” statue was unveiled in Ruth’s Attic bookstore. It represents the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-23 about how the Gospel is shared with many. While not all accept it or take it to heart, for others the Word flourishes.

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    May 2, 2011

    The Gaithers held an old fashioned tent revival at the Library as audience members sang along.

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    June 10, 2011

    Olympic runner and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini charmed Library visitors with a friendly smile and warm greetings as he signed copies of Unbroken, a book by Laura Hillenbrand chronicling Zamperini’s incredible life journey. His story, from runner to prisoner of war to born again Christian, includes giving his life to Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade.

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    March 31, 2012

    Children gathered on the Library grounds for the Library’s first Easter celebration to honor a risen Christ.

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    April 13, 2012

    Dr. Henry Blackaby, best known for his study, Experiencing God, took time to sign copies of his books at the Library.

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    April 24, 2012

    Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, visited the Library with his wife, Callista.

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    April 28, 2012

    Franklin Graham’s daughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, was the guest speaker at the fifth annual Ladies’ Tea and Tour.

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    February 1-March 31, 2013

    A special display featured memorabilia in honor of George Beverly Shea, who passed away shortly after in April 2013.

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    April 20, 2013

    Will Graham’s wife, Kendra Graham, spoke about God’s faithfulness at the sixth annual Ladies’ Tea and Tour.

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    September 14, 2013

    Maj. Scotty Smiley, the U.S. Army’s first blind, active-duty officer, addressed dozens of men during the first Men’s Breakfast.

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    November 7, 2013

    Library visitors left well wishes for Billy Graham’s 95th birthday.

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    November 22, 2013

    The Library’s first Ladies’ Night Out quickly sold out with nearly 150 women in attendance. It featured guest speaker Casey Schutrop, who talked about focusing on Christ during a hectic holiday season.

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    December 6, 2013

    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin visited the Library and signed copies of her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.

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    March 22, 2014

    Country and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs performed for a crowd of Library visitors.

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    May 10, 2014

    Mothers of all ages were treated to a special breakfast in their honor during the Library’s first Mother’s Day Breakfast and Tour.

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    July 11, 2014

    Troops were honored and served during the Library’s first Military Appreciation Luncheon.

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    September 8, 2014

    Joni Eareckson Tada, an international advocate for people with disabilities, inspired a large crowd of all ages with a message about how Jesus Christ gets her through each day. She also took time to greet Library staffers.

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    November 19, 2014

    Bestselling author Max Lucado drew hundreds to the Library, many who were first-time visitors.

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    November 21, 2014

    Speaker and author Liz Curtis Higgs highlighted the Library’s second Ladies’ Night Out.

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    December 11, 2014

    Phil and Kay Robertson stopped by to sign copies of their booksunPHILtered and Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen, drawing hundreds of Duck Dynasty fans to the Library.

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    February 14, 2015

    Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, along with his wife, Shirley, signed books at the Library on Valentine’s Day.

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    March 14, 2015

    College Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden signed copies of his book, The Wisdom of Faith, and even caught up with one of his former teammates. Bowden coached the Florida State Seminoles from 1976 to 2009.

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    June 23, 2015

    Former Washington Redskins coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs met fans and signed books and memorabilia.

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    August 14, 2015

    The Library aimed to refresh and encourage officers during the Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast & Tour.

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    December 7, 2015

    The Billy Graham Library welcomed its one millionth visitor to go through the Journey of Faith tour eight-and-a-half years after opening.

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    February 20, 2016

    Duck Dynasty‘s Sadie Robertson signed books at the Library, the largest attended signing to date.

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    April 16, 2016

    Over 500 people came out for the ninth annual Ladies’ Tea and Tour with Sheila Walsh.

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    October 15, 2016

    Bikers with Boxes, one of the Library’s biggest events, has drawn over 8,200 people to the Library over the past nine years. It’s a chance for bikers around the region to get together while also supporting a good cause. Bikers and their families have contributed more than 20,400 shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.

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    December 1, 2016

    Every year, thousands of lights illuminate the Library grounds for Christmas at the Library, a Christ-centered flurry of activities from story time and caroling to a live nativity and carriage rides. Over 304,000 people have participated since the Library opened, with more than 137,000 of them taking The Journey of Faith tour. Hundreds have given their lives to Christ.

Children at the Library

Children at the Library

The Power of a Tug – 2013

A small boy gazed back at the painting of a cross as he lingered behind his father. The boy took a few more steps before stopping in front of Sam, a Billy Graham Library volunteer. His hand tugged Sam’s pant leg to get his attention. Sam kneeled down, and the boy whispered in his ear that he wanted to pray for Jesus’ forgiveness. The boy’s father overheard and hesitated before stepping into the Prayer Room behind his son and Sam. As Sam and the boy bowed before the Lord together, tears began to stream down the father’s face. The father’s voice cracked as he told Sam he had not lived his life or led his family the way he should, and he wanted to rededicate his life to God. The son climbed into his father’s arms, and they prayed together for forgiveness. Father and son walked out of the Billy Graham Library together through the door in the foot of the cross.

Youth at the Library

Youth at the Library

Jesus at the Check-Out Counter – 2007

Michael Robinson, a Ruth’s Attic bookstore staff member, watched as a young man searched through the shelves in the bookstore. The man paused to read a cover for a moment and then jumped to another book. When he came to check out, Michael engaged him in conversation. The man was silent for a moment, then asked Michael how people can know when Jesus has saved them. Michael answered by walking him through the “Steps to Peace with God” booklet. Before Michael finished, the man prayed to receive Christ. His mother stood nearby the entire time, praying for him with her hands clasped. “Even in the bookstore, God is moving and drawing people to salvation,” Michael said.

Adults at the Library

Adults at the Library

Seeing the Gospel – 2014

Robin’s hands flew through dozens of gestures as she signed to her three friends in the Library lobby. Robin is completely deaf but can read lips. After seeing Billy Graham on TV, Robin had given her life to Christ, and wanting her deaf friends to accept Christ as well, she took them through the Library tour, using transcripts available at the information desk. By the end, the group huddled in the Prayer Room, where each of her friends prayed to receive Christ.

A Christmas at the Library Prayer Card – 2016

The magic of Christmas at the Library led Isabelle Rocco to tears as she wrote out a prayer card in the Library. Glancing at her father browsing in Ruth’s Attic bookstore, she dropped the card in the prayer box. Three months later, her father and Charlotte businessman John Rocco met with Library Vice President Tom Phillips for lunch. “I believe I am a Christian,” John said when asked how he gave his life to Christ. But when asked if he’d ever invited Jesus into his life, John had to answer “No.” Tom walked John through a “Steps to Peace with God” tract and John prayed to accept Christ. As John shared the news with his family that night, Isabelle started crying and told him about her prayer card months earlier. Her prayer was for God to help her father give his life to Jesus.

Seniors at the Library

Seniors at the Library

Jesus Loves Me Just as I Am – 2014

As Library volunteer Betty sat on the benches outside the “Just As I Am” theater, she heard soft singing. Looking around to see where it was coming from, Betty realized the singing was coming from her mother, who was sitting on the bench next to her. With her head bowed and eyes closed, her mother was singing “Jesus Loves Me” as though she were praying the lyrics to the Lord. Tears filled Betty’s eyes as she realized that her mother, who’d had dementia for several years, was able to pray every word of the song. When mother and daughter finished watching the “Just As I Am” presentation, the music of the old hymn began to play, and Betty’s mother began to sing again. She sang every word of “Just As I Am.” A few weeks later, Betty’s mother passed away. At her mother’s memorial service, Betty shared that “dementia could not take away the love she had in her heart for her family and friends, or the faith she had in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Betty told the story of how her mother came to know Jesus, and an organist finished the celebration with a medley of “Jesus Loves Me” and “Just as I Am.”

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