Peace on Earth: Crèches of the World
November 18, 2017 - February 19, 2018.
The Nativity, or birth, of Jesus Christ was prophesied as an event to bring peace and salvation to all of humanity and has been celebrated by people all over the world for centuries.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:5).
For centuries, artists have focused on depicting Jesus' Nativity in various forms. The crèche, far more than a decoration, is one of the many visual representations of this biblical event. From the humble setting of his birth in Bethlehem to his crucifixion outside Jerusalem, the life and witness of Jesus Christ unites people across the world, inspiring them to seek a life of peace and harmony despite global differences.
In the judging at the show's opening, December 2, 2017, St. Joseph School in Bristol earned First Prize, followed by St. Peter School in Danbury. St. Francis–St. Hedwig School in Naugatuck finished third in the initial judging but, at the close of the show, also won the People's Choice Award as determined by votes cast by museum visitors. Congratulations to all the participants!
The museum's 17th annual Christmas Tree Festival, concluded January 28. This popular display of two dozen Christmas trees showcases the imagination and talent of Connecticut elementary schoolchildren who create handmade ornaments and trim in their classrooms then travel to the museum to tour the Christmas exhibit and decorate a tree.