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ITALIAN GALLERY EXHIBIT


"The History of St. Joseph's Day"

St. Joseph's Day is celebrated with a feast on March 19, according to legend.
St. Joseph is a most beloved saint of Italian Americans.
He is the patron of workers and protector of families.

The history of this age old tradition stems from centuries ago
There was a famine in Sicily and villagers prayed to St. Joseph, foster father of the infant savior.
The prayerful asked for his intercession before the throne of God.
The villagers prayers were answered with the ending of this lengthy famine.
All gathered for a special feast to celebrate and there has been a celebrated feast ever since.

A visit to this gallery will tell more of this special history as well as a St. Joseph's table to view.
The museum is open Sundays from 2-4 p.m. and other days by calling the museum at 815 962-7402.