2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Conserving Heritage: Documenting Sainte Genevieve Catholic Church
Taylor L. Klein
Dr. Sara Orel, Faculty Mentor

The Christian architecture and iconography that has accompanied American culture has played an integral role in our society since its establishment. In my research I documented one example of this tradition. Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church houses hundreds of pieces of Gothic Revival artwork. The church is a vital part of Missouri's history, being one of the first established west of the Mississippi River and rich in French and German heritage. The church needed proper documentation of its artwork. I provided extensive documentation for the church and continued my work, leading tours and printing a guide for visitors. In addition, the church has now begun to go through the process of having four of their most valuable pieces conserved, prompted by my research. The result of my work with the church is a more secure knowledge of the artwork and culture of the church and surrounding community.

Keywords: christian, conservation, art, missouri, culture, iconography, religion, history

Topic(s):Art History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 28-3
Location: OP 2210
Time: 10:15

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