Metropolitan Catholic College Librarians Chapter at c/o Lois Cherepon, Staten Island, NY 10301 US - "Catholics in New York" tour at Museum of the City of NY - Fall 2008
"Catholics in New York" tour at Museum of the City of NY - Fall 2008
New York Metropolitan Chapter tours “Catholics in New York, 1808-1946” exhibit
MCCLC , The Greater New York Metropolitan Catholic College Librarians Chapter, held our 2008 Fall Meeting/Tour on Friday, November 14 at the Museum of the City of New York. Seventeen of our members came together for a guided tour of the special exhibit, “Catholics in New York, 1808-1946.”
The one hour tour included highlights of the development of the Catholic community in New York City, including parishes, churches, schools, and ethnic groups. This special exhibit, which was open May 16-December 31, 2008, allowed visitors to “explore the social and political history of the diverse group of people who established the formidable Catholic presence in New York. The exhibition is organized around three central themes: How Catholic community life revolved around New York's parishes; The creation of a vast system of health, education, and social welfare institutions, including parochial schools, the New York Foundling Hospital, and healthcare centers such as St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan and St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn, originally founded by Catholics to provide services that embraced their religion and that would be insulated from anti-Catholic prejudice; and The rise of Catholics as a force in New York politics.”
A mural depicting the development of the Catholic community in New York City spanned on the museum walls. Other items on display were vestments worn by various members of the religious communities, replicas of churches, and political memorabilia of Catholics who ran for and won offices in New York City politics. After the tour, many of us visited the museum’s bookstore, where many of the books about Catholics and New York were available. We then headed to “One Fish Two Fish” where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The photo includes all of those who attended the tour and was taken at the entrance to the exhibit. Our Spring 2009 meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 17 at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, Yonkers.