Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Louisville Orphanage and Catherine Spalding

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 21, 2015  
Contact Information:  Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker Oct. 4 in Louisville that commemorates the legacy of Catherine Spalding through the establishment of St. Vincent Orphanage and Infirmary.

The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at 1006 E. Jefferson St. in Louisville.  

The marker tells on one side of Catherine Spalding, co-founder of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky. Spalding wrote that the orphanage was “the only place on earth to which my heart clings.” She died at the site on March 20, 1858, after contracting pneumonia.

The marker’s opposite side tells how Spalding started St. Vincent Orphanage and Infirmary in 1836 to care for sick and abandoned children. The infirmary moved to Fourth Street in 1853 and took the name St. Joseph; in 1926, it moved again to Eastern Parkway and became St. Joseph Hospital. The orphanage later became known as Saints Thomas and Vincent. It closed in 1983.

The Sisters of Charity are sponsoring the marker.

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit