At the Manger Grand Open House
At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions
Where Christmas Begins
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 as they depict 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, hundreds of sets from of our vast and diverse crèche collection are 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 – a perfect ending to Thanksgiving and beginning of the Christmas season.
Revisit this site often to learn about next year's program.