Loretto 200th Jubilee: Making a Difference in Colorado Since 1864

Exhibit: September 16, 2012 to March 17, 2013 at the Central Library

The exhibit illustrates the history of the contributions of the Loretto Community through photographs, art, and memorabilia. The focus is on five areas of their history and accomplishments: Beginnings in Kentucky and Santa Fe; The Schools; Global Loretto; Social Entrepreneurship: Peace and Justice; and Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives. Some of the signature pieces on view included a replica of the very first high school diploma conferred in the Colorado territory in 1875 by St. Mary’s Academy to pupil Jesse Forshee, and images of Sante Fe’s world-renowned circular staircase built in 1880 by a carpenter whose identity remains among Santa Fe’s most oft-repeated mysteries.

The exhibit was made possible by the Denver Central Public Library, the May-Bonfils Stanton Foundation, and the Denver Foundation.