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    • Portrait of Sister Scholastica Kerst, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1878
    • An 1878 photograph of Sister Scholastica Kerst in the St. Benedict's convent habit. Catherine (Sister, later Mother Scholastica) Kerst (1847-1911) was born in Meuringen, Prussia, and came to St. Paul, MN, in 1852 with her parents. She entered the...
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    • Students of Sacred Heart Academy, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1893
    • The student body and faculty of Sacred Heart Academy in 1893. When the Benedictine Sisters came to Duluth to establish and independent foundation in 1892, they moved into two rented townhouses in the newly-completed Munger Terrace. They...
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    • Munger Terrace, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1940
    • When the Benedictine Sisters came to Duluth to establish and independent foundation in 1892, they rented the two westernmost townhouses in the newly-completed Munger Terrace. They occupied one of the two units and their school, Sacred Heart...
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    • Dam on Chester Creek, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1904
    • 1904 photo of the dam on Chester Creek forming a stock pond on the Benedictine Sisters' farm. In 1900, the Duluth Benedictine sisters purchased the first 80 acres of what would be their Kenwood campus. This parcel had been used as a farm for a...
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    • Planting trees at Villa Sancta Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1911-04-21
    • Planting trees at the newly-constructed Villa Sancta Scholastica in 1911. Soon after the completion of the first section of their building on the Kenwood site, the sisters brought in and transplanted fully grown trees for the front of the building.
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    • Portrait of Sister Chrysostom Doran, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1924
    • A 1924 photo of Sister Chrysostom (Margaret) Doran (1875-1959, fourth prioress of the Duluth Benedictine Sisters . She was born in New London. WI and started teaching at age 17 and entered the Duluth Benedictines in 1906. In 1919, Bishop...
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    • Chicken yard on Villa farm, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1913
    • In 1900, the Duluth Benedictine sisters purchased the first 80 acres of what would be their Kenwood campus. This parcel had been used as a farm for a number of years, and the sisters continued to farm the location with hired laborers. Mrs. Beyenka,...
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    • Cutting hay on Villa farm, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1913
    • In 1900, the Duluth Benedictine sisters purchased the first 80 acres of what would be their Kenwood campus. This location operated as a farm into the 1930s, supplying dairy products and vegetables to the sisters and their students. Here, hay is...
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    • Original Villa Sancta Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1911
    • The first segment of Villa Sancta Scholastica, the motherhouse and academy of the Duluth Benedictine sisters was completed and occupied in 1909. This shows trees being planted in front of the building and the statue of St. Scholastica in its...
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    • Sacred Heart Institute, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1906
    • A 1906 photo of Sacred Heart Institute. In 1904, the Duluth Benedictine sisters moved into their first motherhouse, Sacred Heart Institute, constructed on a two-lot site at Third Avenue East and Third Street. This building housed both the sisters...
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    • Tuberculosis caravan with Benedictine sisters, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1910
    • Housing for sisters suffering from tuberculosis in 1910. In the early 20th Century, tuberculosis was rife in religious communities, and accounted for the deaths of many young sisters. Fresh air was regarded as the primary treatment. Duluth...
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    • Mortuary Chapel in Gethsemane Cemetery, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1916
    • Exterior view of the Mortuary Chapel in the sisters' cemetery in 1916. In Gethsemane Cemetery of the Duluth Benedictine sisters, a cistern for water collection was built on the highest hill and to screen it from view, a stone chapel was...
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    • Villa Sancta Scholastica Academy with students, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1910
    • Students from Villa Sancta Scholastica Academy survey their new premises in 1910. The motherhouse and academy building was completed in 1909. The original architects were German and Lignell of Duluth, but the building was taken over by Franklin...
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    • Villa Sancta Scholastica from southwest, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1921
    • In 1921, an addition was made to the 1909 building: the tower from the original plan was constructed, the north lateral wing was extended and a gymnasium was built. Thomas Ellerbe of St. Paul was the architect. This view from the southwest shows...
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    • Rear panorama Villa Sancta Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1921
    • In 1921, an addition was made to the 1909 building: the tower from the original plan was constructed, the north lateral wing was extended and a gymnasium was built. Thomas Ellerbe of St. Paul was the architect. This view from the west shows the...
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    • Front panorama Villa Sancta Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1921
    • In 1921, an addition was made to the 1909 building: the tower from the original plan was constructed, the north lateral wing was extended and a gymnasium was built. Thomas Ellerbe of St. Paul was the architect. This view from the northeast shows...
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    • Little girls dormitory Villa Sancta Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1912
    • 1912 elementary school dormitory, Villa Sancta Scholastica. Elementary school boarding students at Villa Sancta Scholastica slept in 12-bed dormitories. Each cubicle held a bed with privacy curtains, and a dresser-washstand. Closets were...
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    • Corpus Christi procession in Gethsemane cemetery, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1914
    • 1914 procession in the sisters' cemetery at Villa Sancta Scholastica. On the feast of Corpus Christi (the Thursday following Trinity Sunday) the faculty and students of Villa Sancta Scholastica went in procession to the outdoor chapel in the...
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    • Sisters Scholastica and Alexia Kerst, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1893
    • The Kerst sisters, Mother Scholastica (1847-1911) and Sister Alexia (1856-1915) were among the group of Benedictine sisters to come from St. Benedict's Convent in St. Joseph, Minnesota, to found the new Benedictine community in Duluth in 1892.
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    • Villa Sancta Scholastica from northeast, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1921
    • In 1921, an addition was made to the 1909 building: the tower from the original plan was constructed, the north lateral wing was extended and a gymnasium was built. Thomas Ellerbe of St. Paul was the architect. In this view from the northeast,...
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    • Student recreation room Tower Hall, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1909
    • 1909 photo showing modifications to strengthen ceilings in Tower Hall. When Franklin Ellerbe of St. Paul took over the completion of Villa Sancta Scholastica in 1908 steel support columns were added in all of the rooms below fourth floor, and...
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    • Tower Hall at Villa Sancta Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1928
    • Tower Hall at Villa Sancta Scholastica was completed in 1927 with the addition of a second tower (not in the original plans) separated from the original tower by an elaborate lobby and main entrance, and the northward extension of the...
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    • View of Kenwood area from Tower Hall, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1928
    • Looking eastward from the front of Tower Hall in 1928 at Villa Sancta Scholastica towards Kenwood Avenue and the Kenwood neighborhood. The Chester Park ski jump and Lake Superior are in the background.
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    • Stanbrook Hall High School, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1938
    • A 1938 photo of Stanbrook Hall. In 1937, Mother Agnes Somers hired the St. Louis architectural firm of O'Meara, Hills and Quick to plan two new buildings for the Villa Scholastica campus. This is the new high school, Stanbrook Hall, which was...
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    • Panorama of Benedictine Sisters property, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1938
    • 1938 panorama of Duluth Benedictine Sisters property. In 1937, Mother Agnes Somers hired the St. Louis architectural firm of O'Meara, Hills and Quick to plan two new buildings for the Villa Scholastica campus. Due north of Stanbrook Hall, and...
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    • First St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1945
    • The building which was the first St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, as it appeared in 1945. In the mid-1880s, Abbot Alexius Edelbrock of St. John's Abbey considered creating an independent foundation of Benedictine monks in Duluth. In 1887 three...
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    • St. Mary's Hospital insurance ticket reverse side, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1895
    • St. Mary's Hospital early insurance ticket. From 1892 until 1913, the Duluth Benedictine sisters sold an early form of hospital insurance in the form of "lumberjack tickets" which for a fee of from $1 to $5 (and later more), entitled the holder to...
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    • St. Mary's Hospital insurance ticket front side, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1895
    • A hospital insurance ticket from 1895 for St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. These tickets were sold to lumbermen in northern Minnesota by sisters such as Sister Amata Mackett, who travelled to their camps and performed other home-y duties for the...
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    • St, Mary's Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1898
    • The "new" St. Mary's Hospital in 1898. In 1894, the Benedictine sisters of Duluth had plans drawn up for a proposed motherhouse and school to be built on property they owned at 5th Avenue East and Third street. The foundations were laid, but...
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    • St. Mary's Hospital staff, Duluth, Minnesota

    • 1925
    • The staff of St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, in 1925, including (front to back) student nurses, sister nurses and chaplain, physicians, sister staff, lay nurses and staff. The sister in black in the second row is the hospital administrator, Sister...
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