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Catholic Historical Center at St. Boniface

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anneklein10 wrote a review Jun. 2018
Clinton, Iowa39 contributions16 helpful votes
Beautiful old Catholic church, over 100 years old. It is well-maintained and worth a visit, a must see if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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TheOldHacker wrote a review May 2018
Overland Park, Kansas96 contributions22 helpful votes
We were fortunate to meet Tom when he was working on the Rosary Garden. He took us on a couple hour tour of the decommissioned church and shared a lot of history about Clinton, the 5 Catholic churches, and the history of the town. It was a great morning and we really enjoyed his insight.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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BKCK wrote a review Jun. 2017
Peoria, IL167 contributions102 helpful votes
St. Boniface is an old church that was built right after the Civil War. Church services are no longer held there - - is maintained by the Society - - it is on the National Register of Historic Sites. There were two guys working in the yard - - one (Tom) came and unlocked the church for us and took us on a 2.5 hour tour. He is president of the Historical Society - - about (65) - - retired - - cradle Catholic and knew an awful lot about the religion and the local Catholic churches. Several Catholic churches have been closed in Clinton and items moved to St. Boniface which was a German church. They have built a large new church on the outskirts of Clinton for all of the nationalities which formerly had their own church - - German, Irish, Italian. Large wooden cabinets hold magnificent priest's vestments from the very early days - - - also hanging in closets in clear storage bags. Beautiful!!!!! Altar cloths, etc. The altar is two stories high - - all plaster - - painted in beautiful colors. Beautiful old two-stories high stained glass windows. There was an elevated pulpit - - a priest climbed an open, curved, carved staircase to deliver homilies from where all parishioners could see him. I think the only other time I've seen one of these was when I went to Mass in Waterloo, Belgium. My sister and brother-in-law, while not being Catholic, enjoyed the tour as much as my wife and I (both Catholics) did - - the information Tom shared was living history and very interesting. We recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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