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Artifacts

The artifact collections of the Loretto Heritage Center consist of over 2000 individual objects, ranging from small personal items to large-scale works of art and pieces of furniture. The museum collects objects that were created by Loretto Sisters and Co-members; are of especial significance to Loretto vocations, missions, and individuals’ lives; are significantly related to the Community’s schools, convents, and other locations; demonstrate the connections between the Sisters and the institution of the Roman Catholic Church; and otherwise are part of telling the Loretto story.

Portrait of Mother Praxedes Carty, Mother General of Loretto 1896-1922.
Portrait of Mother Praxedes Carty, Mother General of Loretto 1896-1922.
Oak chair with woven seat which belonged to Father Charles Nerinckx, founder of Loretto.
Oak chair with woven seat which belonged to Father Charles Nerinckx, founder of Loretto.

Collection highlights include needlework by Loretto Sisters and students, personal artifacts of Father Charles Nerinckx, historic materials related to convent life, devotional objects and art, church vestments, artwork by current members of the Loretto Community, and items related to the ongoing activist work of the community.

1859 needlework sampler by Victoria Whitehair, age 12, a student at the Osage Mission in Kansas.
1859 needlework sampler by Victoria Whitehair, age 12, a student at the Osage Mission in Kansas.

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