We hope you find these resources to be helpful to your research project, school group, or for your personal enrichment.
Lessons in history, art, and architecture are abundant at the Shrine—from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s upbringing in 18th century New York City, to the Union troops who encamped on the Shrine’s grounds before the Battle of Gettysburg, to the beautifully-crafted stained glass, mosaics, and marble in the Basilica. The Shrine’s tours and programming are designed to fit into school curriculum programs. We also offer a Youth Award patch program for all children to complete and receive. We welcome school-age children in all grades, scouts, troops, homeschool groups and families.
Betty Bayley Becomes A Saint – animated video geared for students that describes the canonization process and how Elizabeth Ann Seton became a saint.
Student Activity Guide
Let us help you prepare for your visit. We offer a Student Learning Packet with pre- and post-visit activities for students. Geared toward students in third through eighth grades, the packet features the following printable activities:
- Excerpts from Elizabeth’s writings on school and daily life
- Vocabulary words
- Crossword puzzle and word searches
- Suggestions for related class activities
- Sample quizzes (with answer keys)
- A Basilica “photo hunt”
We hope that ideas from this packet will enhance your visit to The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, while giving students a chance to gain knowledge about Saint Elizabeth Ann and the era in which she lived. If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Learning Sources
Earn A Patch
This educational, activity-based award is for all youth from the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Download Patch requirements
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Legacy
Facts & Firsts – a historical timeline of the Sisters of Charity and Daughters of Charity through the present.
Milestones in Mission – a presentation that outlines the milestones of the Sisters and Daughters of Charity from 1810 through the present.
Then and Now ( Discussion Activities Comparing Life in 19th Century America with Today )
Letter-Writing in Nineteenth Century America
Map Reading and Travel
Money and Cost of Living
Saints and Shrines
Before, During, and After a Visit
Project Ideas – Pre-Visit
Activity at Shrine – Museum Trivia Hunt
Activity at Shrine – Museum Photo Hunt
Activity at Shrine – Basilica Photo Hunt
Quiz – Mother Seton and the Seton Shrine
Project Ideas – Post-Visit
Project Ideas – Post-Visit II
Online Activities and Videos