Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Mother Magdalen and the Sisters of Loretto (1852-1968)
Four Sisters of Loretto, Mother Magdalen Hayden and Sisters Roberta Brown, Rosana Dant and Catherine Mahoney, arrived in Santa Fe from Kentucky on September 26, 1852. In January 1853 they established Our Lady of Light Academy, later known as Loretto, the first school for young women in the Territory of New Mexico.
Between 1863 and 1879 the Sisters with the help of local people raised funds to build the Loretto Chapel. During the next century, hundreds of women, many of them of Hispanic heritage, joined the Sisters of Loretto. Lucia Perea became the first native-born New Mexican superior at Loretto, Santa Fe in 1896.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. (Marker Number 574.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Education • Women. In addition, it is included in the New Mexico Women’s Historic Marker Initiative series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1853.
Location. 35° 41.09′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barrio de Analco (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Miguel Church (about 500 feet away); The "Oldest" House (about 500 feet away); Welcome to the Pink Adobe (about 500 feet away); Lamy Building (about 500 feet away); A Long Haul (about 700 feet away); Life on the Trail (about 700 feet away); The Santa Fe Trail (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
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