Where Christmas Begins - Our Gift to the Community
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 – Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
The collections of the University of Dayton’s Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute include thousands of nativities from around the world that reflect a variety of customs and traditions. Depicting the story of Christ’s birth and presence, these crèches are expressions of how Christianity has shaped the culture and faith of people all over the world.
During each Christmas season, we select a new group of sets from of our large and diverse crèche collection and explore new themes shown in exhibits on campus and throughout the community. The featured exhibits, shown on three floors of UD’s Roesch library building, have become an anticipated annual event – changing every year. Exhibits are unveiled and activities begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving during our popular open house event. Designed for all ages and featuring many activities for children, this day has become a Thanksgiving tradition for families. After the turkey has been eaten and the Friday shopping has been completed, this event is a perfect ending to Thanksgiving and beginning of the Christmas season.
At the Manger exhibits and programs offer many opportunities for young people and their families.
The Grand Open House from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, is specifically designed for families and includes many fun and educational activities for children.
World Nativity Educational Activities have been prepared by education majors from the University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences. Click on the link for downloadable educational activities for Pre-K through 8th grades.
Scout participation patches can be earned by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio who visit the exhibits during the holiday season.
Roesch Library, room 204
Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends through Dec. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed Dec. 6, 24, 25 and 31, 2013; Jan. 1, 2014
Our ever-popular Stable Store returns with some important changes. The shop, offering a wonderful selection of nativities and nativity-related items, will be transitioning to all original hand-made items created by US artists and global fair-trade artisans. Visitors can begin their own crèche collections or find the perfect gift representing the true meaning of Christmas. Purchasers help in two ways: proceeds support our nativity collections and help us share these treasures annually with the community and purchases of fair-trade items support struggling artisans and their communities around the world.
We also have a few items especially made for At the Manger that cannot be found anywhere else. A limited supply of collectibles and manufactured items are available, but stock of these will not be refilled once gone. Be sure to shop early for the best selection.
The Stable Store is made possible through the University Libraries’ partnership with the UD Bookstore.
Since 1994, the University of Dayton’s crèche exhibit and outreach programs have been directed and funded by a dedicated group of volunteers who prepare displays, maintain settings and handle transportation. Nativities are loaned throughout the Dayton area and beyond to museums, civic centers and churches.
We need your help to continue this tradition. People can give time, monetary support or both.