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“Over There” held over through October 30; new exhibit hours for the general public

We are pleased to announce that the Archives’ exhibit “’Over There’: The Daughters of Charity’s Service in the First World War” will be extended until Oct. 30! We have had very enthusiastic comments from all who have visited it – it’s truly a spectacular visual narrative of an element of the Daughters’ history that is little-known but well worth the telling.

As always, the exhibit is open to all Sisters and campus Associates as well as volunteers at any time Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.

Now during the Museum season, we are pleased to extend hours for the general public to Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have not yet seen “Over There,” please plan to do so and feel free to share the news of this exhibit with other groups who are holding any type of programs in commemoration of World War I.
We look forward to seeing you in Archives very soon!

About the Exhibit
“Over There” tells the story of the Loyola Unit, a base hospital staffed by 10 Daughters of Charity and a team of nurses and doctors recruited from Daughter of Charity hospitals around the country. The Loyola Unit served from September 1918 to March 1919. Their hospital, officially known as Base Hospital 102, was located in Vicenza, Italy, 15 miles from the Italian Front. The exhibit features photographs, correspondence, artifacts, and diaries kept by three of the Sisters. An accompanying video features additional images as well as passages from the Sisters’ diaries, read by Sisters from the Emmitsburg Campus.

All exhibits are free of charge.

Exhibit Hours for Sisters, Associates, and Volunteers of the Emmitsburg Campus: Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M.to 4:30 P.M.
Exhibit Hours for the general public: Wednesdays from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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Exhibit “Over There” to open January 26

On Monday, January 26, the Provincial Archives will open a truly exciting new exhibit. The Daughters of Charity’s service  during the Civil War is well known, but this exhibit brings to light a part of their military nursing service that is virtually unknown – the experiences of a group of American Daughters who nursed with the U.S. Army close to the Italian front during World War I. Entitled “Over There: The Daughters of Charity’s Service in the First World War,” the exhibit tells their story through images developed from a glass negative collection that came to Archives from the former St. Louis province. These amazing photographs are supported by excerpts from the diaries of three of the sisters. In addition, Associate Archivist Carole Prietto has created a video presentation which features several of the Villa sisters reading excerpts from these fascinating diaries. Curated by Carole and Sr. Patricia Endres, D.C. this exhibit is one that you will not want to miss. The exhibit is scheduled through April 30. It is open to Sisters and Associates of the Emmitsburg Campus during our normal operating hours, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The general public is welcome on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. The video will be posted on the Provincial Archives Vimeo site. A virtual exhibit with selected images from the exhibit will be available on the “Online Exhibits” page of this blog. We will post announcements on our Facebook page and blog when the virtual exhibit and video are available. For additional information, contact the Provincial Archives at archives@doc.org

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“We Saw The First Spade of Earth Turned” – virtual tour

Selected images from our our current exhibit, on display in Gallery 1. All images used with permission of the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives. If you wish to see the complete exhibit, it is open to the public Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:30 and will be on display through January 9, 2015.

View and download the exhibit brochure.
View a video featuring memories of three Sisters who moved into the building in 1964.

Design drawing by Maguolo and Quick, architects for the Provincial House, showing three wings which were never built.

Design drawing by Maguolo and Quick, architects for the Provincial House, showing three wings which were never built.

Provincial House under construction, May 1963

Provincial House under construction, May 1963

Provincial House groundbreaking

Sister Isabel Toohey, Visitatrix, breaks ground for the new St. Joseph’s Provincial House

Groundbreaking for St. Joseph's Provincial House. As part of the groundbreaking the Sisters processed around the campus and broke ground at a number of different spots.

Groundbreaking for St. Joseph’s Provincial House. As part of the groundbreaking the Sisters processed from the old Central House to the site of the new Provincial House.

Aerial view of the former Central House and St. Joseph's College

Aerial view of the former Central House and St. Joseph’s College

Chapel at St. Joseph's Central House. The chapel still stands; it is now on the property owned by FEMA located just south of our current campus.

Chapel at St. Joseph’s Central House. The chapel still stands; it is now on the property owned by FEMA located just south of our current campus.


Campus scene showing St. Joseph's Provincial House and grounds. At the time of the move to the Provincial House, the grounds had little landscaping; Sisters remembered getting red mud on their shoes when they went for walks.

Campus scene showing St. Joseph’s Provincial House and grounds. At the time of the move to the Provincial House, the grounds had little landscaping; Sisters remembered getting red mud on their shoes when they went for walks.

A distinctive feature of the building was its long corridors, such as this one looking down F wing toward the Basilica.

A distinctive feature of the new building was its long corridors, such as this one looking down F wing toward the Basilica. Because the corridors looked so similar, getting lost was a frequent occurrence.

Drawing showing plans for the Seton Altar in the Basilica.

Drawing showing plans for the Seton Altar in the Basilica.

Elizabeth Ann Seton altar. Mother Seton's remains were moved to this spot in 1968.

Elizabeth Ann Seton altar. Mother Seton’s remains were moved to this spot in 1968.

The Sisters' Chapel, now the Basilica, opened in January 1965 Sisters are seen here exploring their newly-completed chapel.

The Sisters’ Chapel, now the Basilica, opened in January 1965 Sisters are seen here exploring their newly-completed chapel.

Crucifix with double corpus

As originally installed the crucifix at the main altar in the Sisters’ Chapel (now the Basilica) had a double corpus. One of the corpuses was later removed in response to changing liturgical practices.

Sr. Isabel Toohey

Sr. Isabel Toohey, Emmitsburg Province Visitatrix from 1944-1962, began the project to build a new Provincial House.

Sister Eleanor McNabb, Emmitsburg Province Visitatrix in 1964, oversaw the move into the new Provincial House.

Sister Eleanor McNabb, Emmitsburg Province Visitatrix in 1964, oversaw the move into the new building

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