August 29, 1769

August 29, 1769 – Birthdate of Rose Philippine Duchesne of St. Charles, Florissant, and St. Louis. This pioneering nun, and educator started schools for Indians, girls, and the poor. She was declared a saint by the Catholic Church. Read more about her in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

Photo by Lawrence OP, Flickr.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.