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A Thrill of Hope


This year we are thrilled to have on display a selection of the nativities from the James and Emilia Govan Creche Collection. 

The first crèche the Govans brought into their home came from Italy and was a gift from Jim to his wife Emilia. This present piqued an interest in crèches and sparked a passion for collecting. When people learned of the Govans’ interest, family and friends began to add to the collection. Over the course of almost forty years, the collection has grown to include 630 crèches, representing 129 countries. Many are unique in their depiction of the nativity story and incorporate elements, such as architecture, clothing, animals, gifts, and materials, that are particular to the artist’s native country.

In 2009, the Govans donated 565 nativities of their Creche collection to Loyola University Museum of Art.  Each year they exhibit a portion of  the collection.

Mr. Govan has also written a book based on his collection called Art of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World.


We will once again be thrilled to have Diana Lage share her Fontanini collection with us this year. A portion of her complete collection on display.

Diana started her collection years ago and slowly aquired all the pieces of the 5" Fontanini set.

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