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Celebrating 75 Years

The University of Dayton’s Marian Library, which holds the world's largest dedicated collection of books and artifacts on Virgin Mary, will continue its 75th anniversary celebration with a new exhibit and concert.

Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibit runs Aug. 13 to Oct. 5 and highlights the library’s history and items from its collections, including statues, rosaries, art and more. The concert Oct. 18 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception will feature The Marian Consort, a UK-based vocal group, performing Marian music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

“These events are two of the many ways we strive to make our materials and knowledge accessible to the community as part of our mission to make the Blessed Virgin Mary better known, served and loved,” said Marian Library director Sarah Cahalan.

The Marian Library is recognized as an international destination for the study and appreciation of Mary, mother of Christ. It holds more than 112,000 books, including over 12,000 rare editions.

Its archival and special research collections have grown to cover a broad range of Marian topics, including apparitions — or appearances — of Mary around the world. Its digital collections contain a selection of the library’s approximately 10,000 Catholic holy cards, 9,000 stamps, 3,600 Nativity sets from around the globe, 700 pieces of Marian sheet music and other materials.

Exhibit hours and parking information can be found online. Free concert tickets will be available from the Kennedy Union box office starting Aug. 22.


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