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Sisters of Notre Dame


The Sisters of Notre Dame arrived in the United States in 1910 to administer the Hessoun Orphanage in Fenton, Missouri. They relinquished control of the orphanage in 1920 and established a mother house near Omaha, Nebraska. As of 2016 they have a presence in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.


Sisters of Notre Dame; Wilber Czech History Harvest, 2016


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Items in the Sisters of Notre Dame Collection

Photograph of the Notre Dame Sisters who arrived in the United States in 1910.

Front: Candidate Anna Eisenmeier (Sister Cecilia), Sister Caroline, Sister Januaria, Sister Symphorosa, Mother Qualberta, Msgr. Anthony Polansky.

Back: Candidate…

The Notre Dame Sisters first arrived in the United States on May 10, 1910, in response to several requests for sisters to aid in the settlement and education of Czech immigrants. Five Czech sisters came at the invitation of Rev. Charles Bleha of St.…