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Virtual Exhibits

Exhibits on Demand

Marian Library faculty and staff have curated or contributed to this selection of virtual exhibits. Sit back, take your time and tour through aspects of our collections anytime and from anywhere.

Rituals of Healing: Diversity and Divergence in Catholic Tradition

A virtual exhibit using archival sources to critically examine healing rituals. Curated by English majors at the University of Dayton in Spring 2023.

Holy Rosary Mysteries

Pray the Rosary with these videos featuring images of Mary from the University of Dayton campus, the Marian Library and the U.S. Catholic Special Collection.

Journeys of Faith: Shrines, Souvenirs and Catholic Tourism

Catholic shrines and festivals attract millions of visitors each year, ranging from pilgrims on spiritual journeys to casual tourists. This exhibit, featuring items from the Marian Library and the U.S. Catholic Special Collection at the University of Dayton, explores the motivations for Catholic travel; what visitors do at these sites; and the souvenirs they bring back—from handcrafted devotional objects to quirky mementos.

On Paper: Nativity Imagery from Marian Library Collections

This is an exhibit of Nativity imagery from across the Marian Library's expansive collections — all united by one common theme: paper. Paper is a humble yet versatile medium. It has been used for centuries by artists across the globe to imagine and communicate the joyful mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ. The exhibit features imagery from biblical events including the journey to Bethlehem; the birth of Christ; the annunciation to the shepherds; the flight to Egypt; and Epiphany. Two special features highlight the pop-up paper crèches of Czech artist Vojtěch Kubašta and images of the Madonna and Child on stamps from around the world. 

Mary in Miniature: Books of Hours in the Marian Library's Collections

Books of Hours — devotional books centered on a series of prayers to the Virgin Mary — were the best-selling book in Europe for over 300 years, from 1250 to 1550. This exhibit highlights Books of Hours in the Marian Library’s collection — their art, their text and their unique (and sometimes unusual) features. Books of Hours, also called horae, not only contain artistic masterpieces in miniature, but also provide a window into the religious and social lives and customs of their medieval readers.

Mary and Borders

Using objects from the Marian Library as inspiration, students in the Latina/Latino Religious Experiences course undertook their own exploration of the Virgin Mary's presence in physical and conceptual border spaces. The result: Mary and Bordersa compilation of narratives, videos, images, games, interactive prayers and multimedia works by students at the University of Dayton and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. 


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