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Loretto Heritage Center Staff Hang Together Through Thick and Thin!

Posted on May 1, 2019, by Eleanor Craig SL

Above, from left, Heritage Center Archives and Museum Director Eleanor Craig, Curator Susanna Pyatt and Archivist Ayla Toussaint explore the crawl space beneath the Heritage Center.
Above, from left, Heritage Center Archives and Museum Director Eleanor Craig, Curator Susanna Pyatt and Archivist Ayla Toussaint explore the crawl space beneath the Heritage Center.
Photo courtesy of Eleanor Craig

Curator Susanna Pyatt, Archivist Ayla Toussaint and I laugh as we inspect the space beneath our building; above the crawl space, Heritage Center Assistant Marcia Mohin enjoys the less dusty pleasures of relocating boxes on our new movable shelves.

Welcoming new team members

Heritage Center Assistant Marcia Mohin relocates file boxes on the new moveable shelves. (Photo courtesy of Eleanor Craig)
Heritage Center Assistant Marcia Mohin relocates file boxes on the new moveable shelves.
Photo courtesy of Eleanor Craig

We welcomed Ayla to our team in early March. She just completed a master’s degree in archival studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  She did an internship at the FDR Archives in Hyde Park, N.Y., where she worked on Eleanor Roosevelt’s papers and handled Eleanor’s own copy of the Declaration of Human Rights! Ayla’s undergrad fields were history, religious studies and anthropology. When Ayla was born, her grandmother drew her name from the pages of The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Susanna joined the Heritage Center in June 2018. Many Loretto members had a chance to meet her at the July Assembly in Shepherdsville, Ky.  Susanna has been very busy thoroughly cataloguing every object in the Heritage Center.  She also has garnered grant funds for the redesign of several museum exhibits.

Marcia is in her 13th year on the Archives staff.  She is the only staff person who has been on hand since before the relocation and opening of the Heritage Center.  We depend on her to be the “institutional memory” of this center of Loretto’s past.

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Eleanor Craig SL

Eleanor has been a Sister of Loretto since 1963 and an educator since birth. She graduated from two of Loretto's best known St. Louis institutions, Nerinx Hall High School in 1960, and Webster University in 1967. She taught mathematics at Loretto in Kansas City, where her personal passion for adventure history inspired her to develop and lead treks along the historic Oregon Trail. From 1998 to 2010 she created an award-winning program of outdoor adventure along the Western trails for teens who are visually impaired. Eleanor claims to have conducted more wagon trains to the West than the Mountain Men! From 2012 to 2021, Eleanor led a talented staff of archivists and preservationists at the Loretto Heritage Center on the grounds of the Motherhouse. She recently retired, but still serves in the Heritage Center as Loretto Community Historian.
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