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From: Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel


In the Conclusion, the authors reflect on the legacy of Mother Joseph and Louise Bethune work more than 100 years after their deaths. The chapter explores how these women were able to storm the old boys’ citadel with little support and few allies and how they should serve as an inspiration to young women today. The conclusion then launches into an argument for historic preservation arguing that preservation can provide a more traditional way of sharing history with the general public, and the preservation of places such as the Providence Academy and the Lafayette Hotel ultimately showcases how women, although lost in the shadows of history, have had significant roles in making and shaping their communities.



Carla Blank

Carla Blank is the author of Live On Stage! and Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900–2000. Her articles have appeared in El Pais, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Green Magazine, Hungry Mind Review,Counterpunch, and Konch. She lives in Oakland, California.

Tania Martin

Tania Martin is a professor at the Université Laval School of Architecture in Québec City where she has held the Canada Research Chair in Built Religious Heritage since 2005. She has published essays in scholarly journals on architectural history and North American religious institutional structures. She lives in Québec City.