Saints of Auriesville Museum
Into the wilderness of the native tribes, the New World received European fur traders, Dutch and French explorers and settlers, Jesuit and Calvinist missionaries. These unrelated pockets of activity converged at this unlikely plot of land the Mohawks called Ossernenon (Auriesville).
The Saints of Auriesville Museum places the North American Martyrs and St. Kateri Tekakwitha into this historic context, making evident the sacrificial courage and charity that brought Catholicism to the Mohawk Valley and to what became New York State and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.
By way of this museum, pilgrims receive an important catechesis on evangelization and martyrdom, as well as an intriguing history lesson. They come to understand why, throughout the Shrine’s 135-year history, pilgrims have described a sense of peace on these grounds – it is because the grace of sacrificial love and forgiveness penetrate deeper than blood and pain.
Such is the Gospel of Jesus Christ; such is the legacy of the Saints of Auriesville.
Along the way pilgrims read the pictorial story boards, study the maps of the New World and locations of native tribes, view the small scale models of longhouses, villages, and missions, and view interpretive paintings of tribal and mission life. Everywhere is the ineffable planting of the cross of Christ.
As either an introduction or a wrap-up, pilgrims enjoy taking a seat in the museum’s media center to watch documentaries on the Shrine and the Auriesville Saints.