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Hospital Sisters Heritage Museum

  • Heritage Museum
    Historical museum of the Hospital Sisters at Motherhouse in Riverton, IL. Includes Franciscan imagery, personal stories, photographs, artifacts, music, videos. Open by appointment.

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Do you have or know of relevant HSHS historical information we should add? (books, articles, other documents) Please contact us. Thank you for your interest.

Hospital Sisters History - Electronic Resources


Hospital Sisters History - Books, etc., Held in Health Sciences Library

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150 Jahre St. Rochus-Hospital Telgte (1848-1998) - Bernhard Frings
Call Number: WM 28 GG4 1998
ISBN: 3874662845
(Book Cabinet)
Sesquicentennial history of St. Rochus Hospital in Telgte, Germany, founded by Father Christoph Bernsmeyer. This is where the Hospital Sisters began. Black & white photos. (124 pages; in German)

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Come to the Water: The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois 1853-2003, A Sesquicentennial History - Susan Karina Dickey
Call Number: BX 4603.S769 D551c 2002
(Book Stacks)
History of the Diocese of Springfield, with an introductory chapter on Indian & French inhabitants of Illinois prior to 1853. Includes diocesan map & illustrated timeline of events, individuals & institutions. HSHS items - Father Louis Hinssen (p. 17), Hospital Sisters (pp. 24-25), St. Anthony's Hospital fire (p. 75). (154 pages)

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The Congregation of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Muenster, Germany; Father Christoph Bernsmeyer, OFM, and the Origin and Expansion of His Foundation - Werner Frese & Sister Albinata Peters, OSF
Call Number: BX 4369.68 C6613 1992
(Book Cabinet)
History of the Hospital Sisters in Germany. Includes founding of the order by Father Christoph Bernsmeyer, expansion into other countries, black & whites photos & illustrations, appendices of historical documents & maps. (146 pages)

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His Love Heals: a History of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Springfield, Illinois 1875-1975 - Sister M. Francis Cooke, O.S.F.
Call Number: BX 4359.S67 C773 1977
ISBN: 0819906212
(Reference & Book Cabinet)
History of Hospital Sisters from founding of the Order in 1844 in Germany. Includes chapters on first hospital, St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL; other HSHS hospitals in Illinois & Wisconsin; missions; & Father Bernsmeyer, founder of the Order. (436 pages)

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History of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis - Sister Francis Cooke, O.S.F.
Call Number: BX 4359 C773 1943
(Book Cabinet)
Unpublished doctoral thesis from Marquette University that later became part of His Love Heals. (244 pages)

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The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in China, 1925-1987 - Frances Elizabeth Schmitz
Call Number: BX 4365 S355 1999
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History of the Hospital Sisters' mission in China and lives of the missionaries until the death of the last Sister in China in 1987. (110 pages)

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Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Springfield, Illinois, 1996
Call Number: WX 28AI3 H828h 1996
(Book Cabinet)
Pictorial directory of the American Province of the Hospital Sisters. Directory information includes photograph, birth date & date of first profession. also includes pictures of lay associates & candidates. (54 pages)

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One Hundred Years, Franciscan Pioneering: For God and Country - W,S. Hoffman
Call Number: BX 4370.A4 H711 1944
(Reference & Book Cabinet)
Brief history of the Hospital Sisters and their accomplishments up to 1940s. (47 pages)

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Pioneer Healers: The History of Women Religious in American Health Care - Ursula Stepsis & Dolores Liptak
Call Number: BX 4220 P662 1989
ISBN: 0824508947
(Book Stacks)
History of women in the healing ministry in America. Hospital Sisters mentioned pp. 35, 100, 102, 125, 127, 129 140, 148, 187 & in Appendix 2 - #1820. (342 pages)

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St. John's Hospital
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800 E. Carpenter St.
Springfield, IL 62769
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Phone: 217-544-6464 ext 44566
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