Color image of the identification plaque at the burial site of Mother Benedicta Riepp in the cemetery at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, 2015.

Plaque at Gravesite of Mother Benedicta Riepp

Identification plaque at the burial site of Mother Benedicta Riepp in the cemetery at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, 2015.

Color image of the gravsite of Mother Benedicta Riepp, 2015.

Gravesite of Mother Benedicta Riepp

The burial site of Mother Benedicta Riepp, 2015. Riepp's remains were moved in 1884 from St. Cloud, where she died, to the cemetery at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph.

Color image of an oil painting of Mother Benedicta Riepp, c.1980s. Painting by Sister Thomas Carey, O.S.B.

Mother Benedicta Riepp

Oil painting of Mother Benedicta Riepp, c.1980s. Painting by Sister Thomas Carey, O.S.B. No verified photograph of Mother Benedicta Riepp exists.

Riepp, Mother Benedicta (Sybilla) (1825–1862)

Mother Benedicta (Sybilla) Riepp was the founder of the Roman Catholic Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in North America. During her time as Superior of the first foundation in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, she sent a group of Sisters to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where they began a new convent. This group moved to St. Joseph in 1863. By 1946, Saint Benedict’s Monastery was the largest community of Benedictine Sisters in the world.

Black and white photograph of two women arrested by federal agents for making moonshine near St. Paul, 1921. Photographed by the St. Paul Daily News.

Two moonshiners arrested by federal agents near St. Paul

Two women arrested by federal agents for making moonshine near St. Paul, 1921. Photographed by the St. Paul Daily News.

Color image of a royal purple velvet maternity gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1880.

Velvet and brocade maternity dress

Royal purple velvet maternity gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1880.

Color scan of a dressing gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1910.

Dressing gown worn by Mary T. Hill

Dressing gown worn by Mary T. Hill, c.1910.

Color image of a dress worn by Mary T. Hill for portrait sitting, 1913.

Dress worn by Mary T. Hill for portrait sitting

Dress worn by Mary T. Hill for portrait sitting, 1913.

Color image of a wool wedding dress and jacket worn by Mary T. Hill, 1867.

Wool wedding dress and jacket worn by Mary T. Hill

Wool wedding dress and jacket worn by Mary T. Hill, 1867.

Black and white photograph of Mary Mehegan Hill speaking at a St. Paul event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s departure for Civil War duty, 1911.. Hill presented a duplicate of an old Regimental flag to the group.

Mary Mehegan Hill

Mary Mehegan Hill speaking at a St. Paul event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s departure for Civil War duty, 1911. Hill presented a duplicate of an old Regimental flag to the group.

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