“Over There” held over through October 30; new exhibit hours for the general public

We are pleased to announce that the Archives’ exhibit “’Over There’: The Daughters of Charity’s Service in the First World War” will be extended until Oct. 30! We have had very enthusiastic comments from all who have visited it – it’s truly a spectacular visual narrative of an element of the Daughters’ history that is little-known but well worth the telling.

As always, the exhibit is open to all Sisters and campus Associates as well as volunteers at any time Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.

Now during the Museum season, we are pleased to extend hours for the general public to Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have not yet seen “Over There,” please plan to do so and feel free to share the news of this exhibit with other groups who are holding any type of programs in commemoration of World War I.
We look forward to seeing you in Archives very soon!

About the Exhibit
“Over There” tells the story of the Loyola Unit, a base hospital staffed by 10 Daughters of Charity and a team of nurses and doctors recruited from Daughter of Charity hospitals around the country. The Loyola Unit served from September 1918 to March 1919. Their hospital, officially known as Base Hospital 102, was located in Vicenza, Italy, 15 miles from the Italian Front. The exhibit features photographs, correspondence, artifacts, and diaries kept by three of the Sisters. An accompanying video features additional images as well as passages from the Sisters’ diaries, read by Sisters from the Emmitsburg Campus.

All exhibits are free of charge.

Exhibit Hours for Sisters, Associates, and Volunteers of the Emmitsburg Campus: Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M.to 4:30 P.M.
Exhibit Hours for the general public: Wednesdays from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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DC sponsored ministry: Seton Harvest, Evansville, IN

Joe Schalasky, farmer at Seton Harvest (photo courtesy of the Province of St. Louise)

Joe Schalasky, farmer at Seton Harvest (photo courtesy of the Province of St. Louise)

In honor of Earth Day, we spotlight a current sponsored ministry of the Province of St. Louise, Seton Harvest.

Established in 2005, Seton Harvest is a is a certified naturally-grown produce farm. It is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, which divides its produce among a committed group of supporters who share with the farmer the risks and benefits of farming. What sets Seton Harvest apart from other CSAs is that the shareholders, along with the Daughters of Charity and other fundraising efforts, support the donation of at least 10,000 pounds of produce (about 20-23 percent) a year to Evansville-area homeless shelters and food pantries. Joe Schalasky, farmer, shares, “If I could, I would love to be able to grow it all for charity.”

Seton Harvest Mission Statement
To use the land in a just and environmentally conscious way by sharing locally grown food with shareholders, as well as persons who are poor and homeless, and by providing educational opportunities around sustainable agriculture

Learn more at www.setonharvest.org

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Lincoln Assassination, 150th anniversary

(Biography of Mary Surratt courtesy of the Surratt House Museum website)

Today is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. In April of 1865 Daughters of Charity were on mission at Lincoln General Hospital in Washington. Sadly, no recollections of Lincoln’s assassination have come down to us from the Sisters. Thanks to the curators at the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland, we do know of one tangential connection between our collections and the events of April 14, 1865. Mary Surratt, who owned the boarding house where the Lincoln conspirators met, received her early education from Mother Seton’s community, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, at St. Francis Xavier School in Alexandria, Virginia. The school, connected with St. Mary’s Parish, was staffed by the Sisters of Charity from 1832 to 1839. The collections of the Surratt Museum include a receipt for board and tuition signed by Sister Bernard Boyle, who was then the Sister superior for the school. The Surratt House Museum website includes additional details about Mary Surratt’s life, the Lincoln conspiracy, and her alleged role in it.

For additional information about the Daughters of Charity and Lincoln, see these previous posts from our blog.

For more on Mary Surratt, see the website for the Surratt House Museum.

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