Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley: Great River, Great Need, and Women of Great Service

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum is pleased to host the traveling exhibition Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley: Great River, Great Need, and Women of Great Service.

The exhibition is on view in the lobby of the museum’s Main Building from Tuesday, March 6 through Sunday, April 1. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There is no admission to see the photographic exhibition, which is sponsored locally by Duane K. and Eileen M. Bruening.

This photographic exhibition was prepared by the Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley and has been touring communities in northeast Iowa. The exhibit is among the observances of the 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Dubuque in 2012. A new 300+ page, glossy-color history book and a 40-page comic book version have been published for the anniversary and are available in Vesterheim’s Museum Store.

Since 1843, Catholic Sisters have worked to meet the educational, medical, social, and spiritual needs of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Many of the institutions they have founded in the region are still serving and thriving today. In the exhibition, tall display panels show the past and present ministry of the 12 congregations of women religious in the Upper Mississippi Valley.

The congregations are: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (LaCrosse, Wisconsin); Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa (Sinsinawa, Wisconsin); Sisters of St. Benedict (Rock Island, Illinois); Congregation of the Humility of Mary (Davenport, Iowa); Sisters of St. Francis (Clinton, Iowa); Discalced Carmelites (Eldridge, Iowa); Sisters of Mercy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); and Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters of St. Francis, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters of the Visitation of Mary, and Sisters of Our Lady of the Mississippi (all of Dubuque, Iowa).