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Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy

 
 
Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2006
1. Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy Marker
Inscription. Built by the Reverend Thomas J. Dalton and dedicated May 2, 1865 by Bishop Eugene O’Connell as Sacred Heart Convent and Holy Angels Orphanage. Under the Sisters of Mercy it served from 1866 to 1932 as the first orphanage of the Northern Mines. It functioned as an Academy (1868 – 1965) and a convent (1866 – 1968).
 
Erected 1972 by The State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Mount Saint Mary’s Historic Preservation Committee and the Sisters of Mercy, October 28, 1972. (Marker Number 855.)
 
Location. 39° 12.854′ N, 121° 4.056′ W. Marker is in Grass Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on South Church Street when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the entrance gate. Marker is in this post office area: Grass Valley CA 95945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Patrick’s Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Lola Montez 1819 - 1861 (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Empire House
Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2006
2. Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy
Marker is off photo to the right
(approx. ¼ mile away); Grass Valley Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Madison Lodge No. 23 F. & A.M. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward Coleman House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grass Valley.
 
Regarding Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy. Site is on South Church Street between Chapel and Dalton Streets.

This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.855
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Account of Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy. (Submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Walking Tour of Historic Grass Valley. Published by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, this brochure highlights many of the historical sites and buildings in Grass Valley. Mount St. Mary's Convent (now known as St. Joseph's Cultural Center) is #47 and the final Stop on the walking tour. (Submitted on October 13, 2011.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Grass Valley Museum
Location: Old Mt. St. Mary's Academy, corner of Church and Chapel Streets, Grass Valley. Hours: Year round 10 am - 3 pm Tuesday through Friday, Weekends June through
Main Entrance to Saint Mary's Academy image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2006
3. Main Entrance to Saint Mary's Academy
October only, Noon to 3 pm.
Built in 1865 as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy, this restored school and orphanage offers a glimpse of some of the past uses of the building. The museum includes an original classroom, parlor, music room, doctor's office and memorabilia from Grass Valley's early days.
    — Submitted October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2006
4. Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy
Now housing the Grass Valley Museum
Walkway at Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2006
5. Walkway at Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy
Museum Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2006
6. Museum Display
Museum Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 29, 2006
7. Museum Display
Old Mount St. Mary's Convent, Grass Valley, Calif. image. Click for full size.
By Eastman's Studio, Susanville, Ca
8. Old Mount St. Mary's Convent, Grass Valley, Calif.
Description on Postcard: Built in 1863-1865, in continuous operation to the present time by the Sisters of Mercy, as a school, this was the first convent and orphanage in the State of California. Now houses an elegant period museum maintained by the Nevada County Historical Society and the Old Saint Mary's Historic Committee, and the Pacific Library of History of Science and Technology.
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San Francisco Examiner Library San Francisco, Ca.
9. Mount St. Mary's Academy
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
HABS CAL,29-GRAVA,7-
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Historic American Buildings Survey
10. Mount St. Mary's Academy
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
HABS CAL,29-GRAVA,7-
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,708 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on October 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   9, 10. submitted on May 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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