September 9, 2015: Order of Saint Benedict’s Relationship with South America Sisters from the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph
The Sisters of St. Benedict came to St. Cloud in 1857, and established a permanent home in St. Joseph in 1863. They served the people in Stearns County as teachers, musicians and needlework artists. As early as 1885 the Sisters staffed St. Benedict’s Hospital on 9th Avenue in St. Cloud, later named St. Raphael’s Hospital; in 1928 the present St. Cloud Hospital opened. The Sisters continued to work as teachers and health care providers elsewhere within the state and beyond Minnesota. Several Sisters from St. Benedict’s Monastery worked in Brazil and Chile beginning in the 1960s. Sister Moira Wild will facilitate a Power Point presentation describing their experiences working among the very poor. Some Sisters who served in South America will be present to share their experiences and answer questions. The presentation includes photos of unusual fabric hangings made by Latin American women, similar to those currently on display at Stearns History.

This program will begin at 9:15. Join us for our brief Annual Meeting held at 9 a.m. 

October 14, 2015: Past, Present and Future of Wastewater Services in Central Minnesota, Tracy Hodel, City of St. Cloud
The presentation will provide a brief history of how wastewater treatment has evolved over the years and a summary of how clean water and renewable energy sources are generated and reused today. The presentation will also include a sneak peek at the exciting upcoming sustainability initiatives that the City of St. Cloud is undertaking.

November 11, 2015  St. John's Abbey Church  Victoria Young, professor from the University of St. Thomas and architectural historian will share the intriguing story of architect Marcel Breuer and his collaboration with the Abby to design and construct the present-day S.t john's Abbey Church in Collegeville.  Young will explain how breuer incorporated modernism tnto the construction and set the standard of building design.

Quick Facts:


Date: Second Wednesday of the Month

Time: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Cost: Free for members; $7 for nonmembers

Location: Stearns History Museum

Questions? Contact Archivist Steve Penick at (320) 253-8424 or email

Stearns History Museum • 235-33rd Avenue South • St. Cloud, MN  56301   

(320) 253-8424 • Toll free 866-253-8424