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The Founders' Monument marks the spot where Father Sorin

The Founders' Monument marks the spot where Father Sorin
founded Notre Dame in 1842.


The following description of the Founders Monumentis from the superb guide book, Notre Dame, the Official Campus Guide, by Damaine Vonada.  It's available in the book section at: 

The Founders' Monument

The Founders' Monument is Notre Dame's version of Plymouth Rock. It was erected in 1906 to mark what was supposedly the "exact" spot where Father Sorin and six Holy Cross brothers first arrived in their new world of Notre Dame; That spot was immediately west of the building now known as Bond Hall. When the hall was enlarged, however, the Founders' Monument had to be moved to the north side of the building. It was taken apart stone by stone and re-assembled on the gentle hillside that now commemorates the exact vicinity where, on November 26, 1842, Father Sorin and the brothers first set foot on Notre Dame soil. Because the founding brothers' patron was St. Joseph, a statue atop the monument depicts St. Joseph holding the Christ Child. If you look closely, you can see lilies in Joseph's hand. The lilies represent the purity of his wife Mary, and the statue, quite properly, looks toward St. Mary's Lake. The monument not only possesses a fine view of the water, but also enjoys a naturally placid setting that serves as a fine transition between the solitude of the religious territory around the lakes and the bustle of the campus proper. Shaded by maples and surrounded by flowers, it's one of Notre Dame's prettiest places to rest and reflect.



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