Our First Living History Event Of The Year!

We are kicking off our Living History program! Experience spring in St. Joseph’s Valley at the Shrine’s newest living history event! Led by history interpreters in full period costume, including our Junior History Interpreters who portray Mother Seton’s students, you will learn how the Sisters and students welcomed in the spring season. Get outside and enjoy this unique experience! Pack a picnic lunch and join us during our first St. Joseph’s Valley Days!
 
April 30 (1pm-5pm), May 1 (10am-5pm), May 2 (Noon-5pm)
Last admission 3:30pm
Cost: $10 adult; $7 youth; Free for children 6 and under.

Select A Tour Time Below To Reserve Your Tickets

Preliminary Schedule

Timed Activities 

See below for descriptions

Friday, April 30th

  • 1:00pm – Bonjour en Francais (30 minutes)
  • 1:30pm – A Fun Thyme! (45 minutes)
  • 1:30pm – Basket Weaving Activity ($)
  • 2:00pm – Bonjour en Francais (30 minutes)
  • 3:00pm – A Fun Thyme! (45 minutes)
  • 3:00pm – Basket Weaving Activity ($)
  • 3:30pm – Tug of War
  • 4:00pm – St. Joseph Procession

Saturday, May 1st

  • 10:15am – Bonjour en Francais (30 minutes)
  • 10:15am – Make A Kite ($)
  • 11:00am – A Fun Thyme! (45 minutes)
  • 11:00am – Basket Weaving Activity ($)
  • 11:30am – Bonjour en Francais (30 minutes)
  • Noon – Make A Kite ($)
  • 1:00pm – A Fun Thyme! (45 minutes)
  • 1:00pm – Basket Weaving Activity ($)
  • 2:00pm – Bonjour en Francais (30 minutes)
  • 3:00pm – A Fun Thyme! (45 minutes)
  • 3:00pm – Basket Weaving Activity ($)
  • 3:30pm – Tug of War
  • 4:00pm – St. Joseph Procession

Sunday, May 2nd

  • 12:30pm – A Fun Thyme! (45 minutes)
  • 12:30pm – Make A Kite ($)
  • 1:00pm – Bonjour en Francais (30 minutes)
  • 2:30pm – Bonjour en Francais (30 minutes)
  • 1:30pm – A Fun Thyme! (45 minutes)
  • 3:00pm – Make A Kite ($)
  • 3:30pm – Tug of War
  • 4:00pm – St. Joseph Procession

Bonjour En Francais Duration 30 minutes

Join in on a St. Joseph’s Academy French Class to learn how to say in French, “My name is ….. How are you? Hello and Goodbye” and more simple and fun sentences.

A Fun Thyme! Duration: 45 minutes

Mother Seton was familiar with herbs for medicinal purposes, and the sisters especially turned to the use of herbs for nursing later on when a nursing program was established at St. Joseph’s. Learn which herbs were used and why.

Tug of War 

Join the students of St. Joseph’s Academy for a friendly competition in Mother’s Yard.

St. Joseph Procession

In 1810, Mother Seton held a special procession and prayer service to place the community and the valley under the protection of St. Joseph. All are invited to participate in this special blessing procession with prayer at Historic St. Joseph’s House.

Basket Making

Basket making was a domestic activity rather than a business as there was need of various shapes and sizes for various tasks or storage. Most families made their own baskets. Learn a simple weave to make a small basket for your trinkets. (There is added cost for this activity).

Make a Kite

A lot could be written about scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries using kites for various purposes and discovery; however, flying the diamond kite was largely a hobby and probably so here in St. Joseph’s Valley! Make your own using materials found in your own home and test fly it in the field next to historic St. Joseph’s House. Weather permitting.

Ongoing Activities 

Activities that last the whole time!

Special Guests: Cruann Farm on Parade

The parade is full of familiar traditional farm animals including a bunny, goats, chickens, calf, mini pigs and a miniature pony. Learn the story of each animal and the care they require. Cruann provides a safe environment for the animals and visitors by including a hand sanitizing station to use before entering and leaving the petting area.

House Tours

Tour the Stone Farmhouse and Historic St. Joseph’s House at any point during your visit.

Help Sister Sally 

Visitors can find Sister Sally working away at the Stone Farmhouse. See if she needs help with the day’s chores which could be kneading bread, folding laundry, sweeping, ridding the cobwebs from the fireplaces, or drop spinning.

Recreation in Mother’s Yard

Play a game or two with the students of St. Joseph’s Academy. Hopscotch, Graces, Checkers, Hoop & Trundle, and Jump Rope!

Sewing Circle 

Listen in or join the conversations of the students and sisters in the workbasket room as they work on the their latest needlework piece.