Father Sorin and the Founding of Notre Dame
On the 26th of November 1842, after a long journey in the snow, Fr. Edward Sorin and several Brothers of St. Joseph arrived at their destination. In the wilderness of Northern Indiana, at a place known as St. Mary of the Lake, they founded the University of Notre Dame.
To See Ourselves
Inhabitants of Notre Dame describe their experience of the university -- its campus, buildings, resources, people, history, and traditions.
As Others See Us
Early visitors to Notre Dame provide descriptions of its campus, its denizens, and its way of life. They report on liturgical celebrations and on ordinary meals, walk through vinyards and playgrounds, and describe features of the region around the university.
Famous authors have often spoken at Notre Dame, and well-known politicians of various persuasions have had a chance to persuade the community.