Treasures of Seton Hall University
Tuesday, September 7 – Friday, December 10, 2021
The story of Seton Hall University is one of servant leaders like Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, nephew of the university’s namesake, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton – educator, founder of the nation’s parochial school system and the first American-born saint. The university’s history is also inextricably tied to stories like that of Bishop Bernard John McQuaid, the first President, who was instrumental in establishing the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown - the same order founded by Mother Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1809. Subsequent leaders such as Father James Kelley, who became president in 1936, also left their mark. Kelley served for almost 13 years through World War II and a subsequent period of unprecedented growth. Edwin Havas, Professor of Art, started at the prep school in 1960, and later became a faculty member. He was known for documenting the university’s buildings and individuals in his paintings and prints. Much of what we know today about Seton Hall’s history is due to efforts of people like Monsignor William Noé Field, namesake of the Archives and Special Collections, who worked tirelessly to preserve the manuscripts, artifacts, artworks and rare books in our collections. This spirit of servant leadership continues through the work of the many people that make up the Seton Hall family in keeping with Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley’s vision to establish a pillar of Catholic education in honor of Mother Seton over 165 years ago. Each one of us, whether a student, staffer, faculty member or visitor to our campuses is a part of this ongoing story. We welcome you to explore the “Treasures of Seton Hall University” in this exhibition that honors this splendid legacy.