From the Archives: Keeping Our History Alive
by Camille Wooden, Obl. OSB
Archives contain articles large and small. One of the largest items in the St. Placid Priory’s archives is a desk that was used by Sister Placidia Haehn, St. Placid’s first prioress. It is a small desk: only 35 inches long, 20 inches deep and 30 inches tall. Despite its size, a lot of important business, decisions and prayers were made at that desk. And our archives hold the memories.
An archive is a treasure trove of pictures— prints and slides in scrapbooks and diaries. It is easy for an archivist to spend an entire day looking at and creating files for even a few pictures. Here is one of the treasures from St. Placid’s Archive files. It’s from 1952—at the first Priory on Delphi Road at Mud Bay. One of our founding members, Sister Milburgis, is shown with the Priory’s first dog, Tippy, and the community’s first car, a black Chevy. The building in the background was the converted chicken coop that became the novitiate.
The St. Placid archives are really a combination archive (papers and pictures), library (lots of old prayer books and missals) and museum (objects large and small). Here is a shelf with some items from the past two Priory buildings, waiting to be catalogued.