Bicentennial Celebration 1818 - 2018


Take a journey with us as we retrace Philippine Duchesne's voyage from France to the New World to found the first free school west of the Mississippi River, the Academy of the Sacred Heart.We are celebrating the bicentennial of Sacred Heart education in North America, the bicentennial of Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese and the bicentennial of education in the City of St. Charles and the State of Missouri.

To help students better understand these momentous occasions, the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Duchesne High School will be releasing lesson plans and curricular materials for Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The lesson plans will be released on the 10th of each month as follows:

October 2017 LESSON 1 - Every Journey is Born from a Dream
(January 14 to May 16, 1817)
November 2017 LESSON 2 – Prepping, Packing, Panhandling
(July 15, 1817 to February 8, 1818)
January 2018  LESSON 3 – Ocean Travel to the New World 
(February 15 to May 16, 1818)
February 2018 LESSON 4 – New Orleans Hospitality
(May 25 to June 26, 1818)
March 2018 LESSON 5 – Traveling the Mississippi River
(July 12 to August 21, 1818)
April 2018 LESSON 6– Pioneer Philippine Lands in St. Louis
(August 22 to September 1, 1818)
May 2018 Lesson 7 – Arrival in Frontier Town, St. Charles
(September 7 to September 20,1818)
September 7, 2018 Reenactment of Philippine Duchesne’s Arrival on the St. Charles Riverfront

We hope you will join us in retracing the journey of our pioneer saint and witnessing the audacity of a 48 year old woman who left all she knew to bring the Heart of Jesus to the New World without fear or language but with an open heart.  We look forward to learning more about Philippine Duchesne with you and discovering the lessons she can teach us even today.

Dr. Susan Dempf
Head of School, Academy of the Sacred Heart

 Mr. Fritz Long
Principal, Duchesne High School