EMMITSBURG – The faded black bonnet with its gently ruffled frill once framed the face of America’s first American-born saint.
The black cap, a familiar sight in portraits of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, rested in a gray archival box back in Emmitsburg March 11 for the first time since 1822. It is one of several rarely-seen artifacts from Mother Seton’s life displayed as the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton prepares for an exhibit this summer to mark the 200th anniversary of her death.
Sisters of Charity of New York donated the items – including St. Elizabeth Ann’s rosary, wedding brooch and her daughter’s christening gown – to the Seton Shrine for their display and preservation. They arrived in Emmitsburg earlier this week.