Visit The Montpelier Historic Museum, 109 State St, Montpelier on Friday, April 8th, from 1:00-4:00PM, for an opening event for the Voice of St. Joseph’s Orphanage exhibit . There is no admission cost for the event and the museum will be serving refreshments. We will have public remarks beginning at 2:00PM.
The St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington was home to more than 13,000 children from 1854 to1974. Although the Catholic-run institution was held in high regard in the community, accounts began to emerge in the 1990s from scores of former orphanage residents describing abuse at the hand of nuns and other clerical personnel. Few were believed at first, but these ex-orphans persevered, ultimately winning validation for the harm done to them and working for laws protecting vulnerable children in Vermont. This is the story of these former orphans, now known as the Voices of St. Joseph, and their remarkable and enduring accomplishments.
The Voices of St. Joseph’s Orphanage exhibition contains material that may be challenging for children and may be disturbing or triggering for other visitors.
This exhibit is on view from February 15-July 30, 2022
for more information on the Children of St. Joseph’s Orphanage project, click here.