Exhibits and Tours

The main exhibits take place on the University of Dayton campus in the Roesch Library building. Small exhibits of nativities from the Marian Library collections are shown at different locations in the greater Dayton region.

Tours

Pick up one or our self-guided tour brochures in the Roesch Library first floor gallery, or click here to download your own guide.  Self-guided tours are enhanced by descriptive labels and our popular Seek and Find activity. 

Guided tours for groups of 6 or more may be requested by calling 937-229-4214.


From the Land Where Donkeys Have Butterfly Wings

11.26.2016 - 01.08.2017

Roesch Library, first-floor gallery
937-229-4234
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00

Closed Dec. 8, 23-26, 30-31; Jan. 1-2

Discover the rich and original variety of Mexican nacimientos (Nativities) from Chihuahua to Chiapas.


A World of Memories

11.26.2016 - 01.08.2017

Roesch Library, second floor
937-229-4234
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00

Closed Dec. 8, 23-26, 30-31; Jan. 1-2

Come find the Nativities from the lands of your ancestors. Cultural representations of Jesus’ birth help us relate to our own family heritage.


Like Stars in the Sky

11.26.2016 - 01.08.2017

View from both the first-floor lobby and the second-floor mezzanine.
937-229-4234
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00

Closed Dec. 8, 23-26, 30-31; Jan. 1-2

Look up in the atrium to see an original 12-foot metal mobile of the Nativity made by local artists.


A Provencal Welcome

On display through early November 2017

Marian Library Crèche Museum, Roesch Library, seventh floor
937-229-4214
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00
Closed Dec. 8, 23-26, 30-31; Jan. 1-2

Enjoy once more the manifold and colorful characters of a French Provencal village gathering around the manger with the newborn Christ.


Railway into the Past

On display through early November 2017

Marian Library Crèche Museum, Roesch Library, seventh floor
937-229-4214
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00
Closed Dec. 8, 23-26, 30-31; Jan. 1-2

The popular model train still moves around the stations and events of Christ’s birth and early childhood. 

 

A Festival of Light

11.26.2016 - 01.08.2017

Marian Library Gallery, Roesch Library, seventh floor
937-229-4214
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30

Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00
Closed Dec. 8, 23-26, 30-31; Jan. 1-2

Experience the romantic Nativity culture of the Ore Mountains of eastern Germany and the tradition of fighting darkness with light.


Original and Traditional: The Nativity Culture of Latin America

11.23.2016 - 01.01.2017

Gallery St. John
4400 Shakertown Road, Beavercreek, Ohio
Noon – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday  or by appointment
937-320-5405

Explore the Nativity tradition of Latin America. Rich in artistic styles and close to nature, Latin American Nativity culture inspires artisans with a lively genius of simple beauty.


A Christmas Posada

12.11.2016

Mount St. John
4400 Shakertown Road, Beavercreek, Ohio
2-4 p.m.
Meet outside the Center’s main entrance at 2 p.m. to begin the Posada.

Join us for a single-day version of the centuries-old Mexican tradition of Las Posadas, a centuries-old Advent meditation and procession that re-creates the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ. Pilgrimage will be from building to building at Mount St. John with exhibits of Nativity sets at each location.

Park in lot D adjacent to the Bergamo Retreat Center; participants should meet at 2 p.m. outside the center’s main entrance to begin the Posada.

  

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Roesch Library 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1360

937-229-4265