Again with the ‘tennials! First, Colgate celebrates their bicentennial, then the Park United Methodist Church celebrated THEIR 200th anniversary, for which we had a wonderful exhibit in our museum space. And now, the St. Mary’s Church is celebrating their sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, and again the library museum is hosting a display in their honor of their special occasion. Did anyone do anything around Hamilton aside from in multiples of 50 years ago?
Now, if you’re not a parishioner of theirs, new to town, or just someone who gets churches confused, you may be wondering “which church IS this?” Well, if I told you that it was the Catholic church on the corner of Utica and Wylie Streets, would that help? Not great with directions? No matter. How about the church with the cranes – the really, really tall cranes – have been working on the steeples? Great. Now you know which church we mean.
So now that you know which church we’re talking about, let me tell you a little about our exhibit! There’s historical documents and photos going back a century and a half, and while those might be interesting enough on their own, there are also artifacts like statues, texts, holy water, and even a can of beer made by Good Nature Brewery for St. Mary’s Sesquicentennial Golf Tournament! The exhibit is on display now through the end of December.
I wrote briefly about the steeples undergoing some renovation, but the interior of the church has undergone some serious restoration as well. If you want to check that out, a good time might be on Sunday, October 6, when St. Mary’s is hosting an open house from 1-3 p.m. All community members are welcome to visit and see what they’ve done with the place.
Note – according to the MidYork Weekly’s extensive article last week, the last time St. Mary’s had a big renovation was… 50 years ago. I guess that really proves my theory that the biggest things that happen in this community happen on a 50-year cycle!
Additional note – when typing this column, I spelled “sesquicentennial” correctly on my first try, but not “anniversary.” Or “renovation.” As always, thanks for reading.