Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hachard and the Ursulines

One of our readings this week is a selection of letters written by a young French woman named Marie-Madeleine Hachard who came to early New Orleans to join the Ursulines. There are few orders more intimately connected with the history of the city than the Ursuline nuns. Their school, currently located at the intersection of Nashville and Claiborne Avenues (right around the corner from Loyola) is the longest continuously operating women's school in the United States.

I think we may wrap up our first field trip outside the Ursuline Convent, the oldest structure standing in the French Quarter. Here is a video, perhaps a little amateurish in execution but earnest in its presentation, that gives a taste of the historical wealth located on site. 

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