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History Museum Exhibit


The Christ Child Society of South Bend commemorates its 70th anniversary with an exhibit at The History Museum on West Washington Street in South Bend (

The exhibit features photographs dating back to the earliest years of the organization, many set in local sites familiar to long time South Bend residents. Also on view is National Christ Child Society founder, Mary Virginia Merrick’s, Laetare Medal, awarded to her in 1915 by the University of Notre Dame for her dedication to Catholic social service.

Learn about our long history of serving the children of St. Joseph County through photographs and cherished artifacts. The exhibit opens during the annual reception and auction, Let Love Shine, on June 15, 2017 and continues throughout the summer.

1951. Roasaleen (Puddy) Crowley and Grace Dempsey
1952 Christmas Bazaar. .Left to Right : Marian Bickle, Ida Toepp and Ruby Hugenard at a Christ Child Christmas bazaar.
Biennail National convention 1982. Standing Left to Right: Mildred Flanigan, Dr. Ronald Chamblee, Dorthy Chamblee, Sandy Redden. Seated Rosaleen Crowley and Joan Hardig 1982 South Bend Chapter President. Held Detroit, Michigan