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Outstanding Pioneer Woman Award

Call Number: RH MS P585


This collection includes the application material submitted by Beverly Boyd nominating Saint Philippine Duchesne for the Outstanding Pioneer Woman Award and letters, newspaper clippings, and articles about her receiving the 1984 award.


  • Creation: 1984


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Biography of Duchesne, Saint Philippine

Saint Philippine Duchesne was born on August 29, 1769 in Grenoble, France. When she was 19 years old, she joined the convent of the Visitation and was educated by the sisters of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. However, in 1792 during the early years of the French Revolution, she saw the dispersion the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary and returned home to live with her family.

In 1804 she accepted an offer from Madeleine-Sophie Barat to merge her Visitation community with the newly-founded Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1818, Rose Philippine Duchesne traveled to America with a few other members of the Society. She arrived in New Orleans and traveled the Louisiana territory, ending in St. Charles, Missouri, near St Louis. Here she created a new house of the Sacred Heart Society in a log cabin, the first house of the Society ever built outside of France.

Saint Philippine Duchesne had a desire to work with the indigenous people in the region and in 1841 joined the Jesuits in establishing a school for the Potawatomi tribe in eastern Kansas. In 1842 she became ill and returned to St Charles, where she spent the last ten years of her life.

Rose Philippine Duchesne died on November 18, 1852, in St. Charles, Missouri. She was beatified in 1940 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 3, 1988.


2 folders

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Physical Location

RH MS P585

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Commission on the Status of Women, 1984.

Related Materials

Boyd, Beverly. Saint Philippine Duchesne collection, RH MS 1305.

Boyd, Beverly. Manuscript for Song of Mound City, RH MS 517.

Wilkerson, Reverend. Frank Eschen narrating the life of Philippine Duchesne,RH Cassette Tape 66.

Wilkerson, Reverend. Slide presentation relating to St. Philippine Duchesne, RH PH P2793.

Guide to the Saint Philippine Duchesne Collection
Outstanding Pioneer Woman Award
Finding aid prepared by imf, 2014
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Outstanding Pioneer Woman Award, RH MS P585, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

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