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Dec. 4: Crèches from around the world on display in library

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—Nativity scenes from around the world are on display in the lobby of Hood College's Beneficial-Hodson Library through Jan. 17.

The 78 nativity scenes, or crèches—which means “crib” in French—represent the work of artists from more than 30 countries on five continents.

The crèche exhibit tradition began more than 15 years ago when Beulah Munshower Sommer, a Hood alumna from the class of 1944, gave to the Hood library a portion of the 500 sets she had collected during a lifetime of travel. Other contributors to the exhibit include Rev. Kukowski of Silver Spring, Md., who was influenced by Sommer to begin his own collection, many of which he loans to the library display each year; Jan Samet O'Leary, director of the Hood College library who donates two or three crèches to the library's permanent collection each year; and Phyllis Townsend, also a library staff member.

The display is open to the public. For information on library hours, visit