In the Shadows of Saint Anne: The Life of a Changing Community

Saint Anne’s Catholic Church, now known as The Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers, is one of the architectural treasures of Waterbury. Founded in the late 19th century by French Canadian immigrants, the community of Saint Anne’s parish played an important role in the shaping of the South End neighborhood.

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Organized by Dr. Ruth Glasser, a history and urban studies instructor at the University of Connecticut-Waterbury Campus, this exhibition tells the story of the church’s founding and development, the inter-ethnic neighborhood that flourished around it, the gradual decline of the neighborhood and Saint Anne’s and the efforts of numerous stakeholders to rebuild the once-vibrant community around the church.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Connecticut Humanities Council.