Special Stories

The archives of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, California, contain some fascinating stories…these are just a few:

"Rockin and Rollin" 

On April 18, 1906, San Francisco rocked and rolled with an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. Sisters of Notre Dame had both a convent and a large school in the Mission District. The journal of Sister Mary Brown gives us a peek into the chaos, destruction, and moments of kindness in the 24 hours that followed the quake.

No "Duck and Cover" Needed

Unexploded bombs aren't the norm for our archives room, but this one has a poignant history. Find out why.

"I Live in a Palace"

Sr. Barbara Engs writes with humor about living in the former Ralston mansion that the Sisters purchased in 1923. Back then it was definitely a diamond in the rough and some advised against its purchase!