A selection of images from (117) St. Thomas School and Home Collections, Sisters of Providence Archives, Spokane, Washington. For more information, please contact Peter Schmid, Assistant Archivist, Visual Resources.
Bishop Mathias Lenihan asked the Sisters of Providence to establish an orphanage. The home was named in honor of his late brother, Bishop Thomas Lenihan, who gave the initial bequest.
Great Falls Mayor Charles F. Murphy said at the cornerstone ceremony, August 22, 1909: "St. Thomas Orphans' Home will be among the buildings in which all citizens take a just pride. It will stand here for many years to come--a monument to our foresight."