St. Michael's Elementary School-519 East Third Street

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St. Michael's Elementary School-519 East Third Street


Schools; Catholic schools


While the Catholic Church had maintained various schools for its children from almost the beginning in Madison, these had been schools mostly of tenuous positions, depending on availability of teachers, resources and facilities. In 1905 came the first firm and stable school for St. Michael's Parish. According to "St. Michael's Church, Madison, Indiana" the school was opened on October 16, 1905, by Rev. Charles F. Walsh, Pastor. The Sisters of St. Benedict were the first teachers. In 1954 St. Michael's and St. Mary's Schools were consolidated as St. Michael's, though both schools were still utilized. The first high school, Shawe Memorial, was established in 1952. The Ursuline Sisters began classes in the St. Michael's building and this continued for two years until the high school building was completed. In 1966 the new Pope John XXIII Elementary School was under construction and with its completion the old St. Michael's fell silent. In 1979 it was demolished.


Harry Lemen, photographer


Madison Courier; Historic Files; "St. Michael's Church, 1817-1937"


Picture taken 1927


Madison-Jefferson County Public Library


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Scanned from photographic print created by Harry Lemen at 1200 DPI using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL. Online jpeg image file saved at 72 DPI 800 to 1000 pixels on long edge.


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Harry Lemen, photographer , "St. Michael's Elementary School-519 East Third Street," in Harry Lemen Historic Photo Collection, Item #73, (accessed May 28, 2015).