Exhibit: The Voices of St. Joseph's Orphanage
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.
On view from February 15-July 30, 2022
Learn more about the Restorative Inquiry project at https://www.stjosephsrjinquiry.com/