The Provincial Archives had two very special visitors yesterday: Bryan and Anna Russell, the great grandchildren of William J. Lynch, Jr., a Construction Consultant for many of the building projects that housed the work of the Daughters of Charity across the United States. Bryan and Anna brought with them the architects’ drawing of the former Villa Saint Michael in Baltimore, a retirement facility for senior sisters until 1972 when that ministry was transferred to the current Villa Saint Michael here on the campus in Emmitsburg. Together with Provincial Archivist Dee Gallo, Bryan and Anna carefully studied the details of the drawing; of special interest were the cars and the trees! The Provincial Archives thanks the Lynch family for their generous donation of the rendering. Archives will put it to good use as we continue to document the legacy of the Daughters of Charity in the United States.[
In recent weeks we’ve shared with you our efforts, working with conservator Mary Wootton, to preserve one of the most historically valuable items in our collection: The Regulations for the Society of Sisters of Charity in the United States of America, commonly known as the American Rule of 1812.
See our June 19 blog post for more information on the Rule and the process of restoring it.
When the newly-restored Rule was returned in mid-June, we put it on display so that Sisters, Associates, and visitors could see it up close. As of today, July 14, it has been returned to our Repository. Planning has already begun for events surrounding the 40th anniversary of Elizabeth Seton’s canonization in 2015, and there will be additional opportunities to view the Rule next year.
In an effort to share the Rule as widely as possible, we have put together the digital exhbit seen here, consisting of photographs of selected pages from the Rule. All images are used with permission of the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives. The images seen here show seven of the book’s approximately 60 leaves.