School kids learn about sisters during annual tours

April 26, 2012 by

Sister Janet Lander explains the significance of the statue of St. Joseph in the original formal entry to the Nazareth Motherhouse, as one of the fourth-graders on the tour Thursday waits to ask a question.

Each April, the newest batch of Concordia fourth-graders arrive at the Nazareth Motherhouse for the tours that have been a part of their spring education for at least a couple of decades.

And this year’s four classes oohed and aahed, listened to descriptions and asked questions much like each class before them. The annual visits wrapped up today (April 26).

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Jane Wahlmeier, who works on the Motherhouse staff, organized this year’s visits and introduced the students and their teachers to the sisters serving as tour guides. Sister Janet Lander and Sister Julia Christensen then led the students through the public areas of the five-story red brick building that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983. Both tour guides told stories and pointed out features that would help the youngsters get a better feel for what life was like for sisters at the Motherhouse when it was built more than a century ago. Construction began in 1902 and the sisters moved in just 13 months later.


2 Responses to “School kids learn about sisters during annual tours”

  1. Elizabeth (Betsy Gasperich) Miller on May 1st, 2012 7:54 am

    Love the tour…..I’m sure these 4th graders were very impressed….
    Thank you for all you do in the community of Concordia and in every state and country that you reside!

  2. Loretta A. Jasper, csj on April 26th, 2012 5:36 pm

    Such a lovely memory provided to this age group…one which “sticks” in a child’s memory. So glad this annual event continues.

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