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St. Joseph's Academy

 
 
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By McGhiever, May 29, 2019
1. St. Joseph's Academy marker
Inscription.  St. Joseph's Academy, the oldest Catholic educational institution in Minnesota, was founded in 1851 by four Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, two hundred years after the order's founding in Le Puy, France. Leaving the mother house in St. Louis at the invitation of Bishop Joseph Cretin, the nuns believed they were to start an Indian mission; instead; they established a school dedicated to their patron saint. The first classes were held in the vestry of Father Lucien Galtier's log chapel of St. Paul from which the city took its name. A year later the school was moved into a two-story brick building; in 1859, requiring larger quarters, it was relocated on the present site of St. Joseph's Hospital.

By 1863 the academy was moved to this location. The original structure (the southwest section of this complex) is thought to be the oldest remaining Catholic schoolhouse in the state. Built of yellow limestone from local quarries, its style may be classified as "Italianate." There have been four additions to the original academy which was chiefly a boarding school until about 1870 when the growth of the city improved transportation facilities.

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By McGhiever, May 29, 2019
2. St. Joseph's Academy marker and surroundings
Today the institution is a day high school for girls.
 
Erected 1966 by the City Planning Board of St. Paul.
 
Location. 44° 56.899′ N, 93° 6.926′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is on Marshall Avenue east of Western Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mid-block, inside the property's fence. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 355 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cathedral of Saint Paul (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cathedral of Saint Paul Cornerstone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Summit–Selby Neighborhood (approx. 0.4 miles away); James J. Hill / The James J. Hill House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of First School Patrol Crossing in the World (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The New York Life Eagle (approx. half a mile away); Summit Lookout Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Paul.
 
Also see . . .  St. Joseph's Academy on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 4, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota.)
 
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By McGhiever, December 8, 2012
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