In 1951, Missouri was hit with massive rainstorms that threatened to flood the town of Portage de Sioux. Father Schlattman called for the town to pray to Mary for safety, and the town thankfully survived the flooding. In memory of the mercies shown on the town, a 27 foot tall statue named ‘Our Lady of the Rivers’ was erected in 1957.
Designed by Norma McClory, the face of the statue was intentionally given minimal facial features to not distort the face when waves reflected off of it.
The 25 foot tall statue was designed with Monsanto fiberglass. Because of this, the brilliant whiteness of the statue is completely weather resistant and will never fade or tarnish.
Below are several digitized copies of historical documents saved from Our Lady of the Rivers.
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c.1952 - Where the Rivers Meet a Dream Takes Shape (pdf)Download
c.1953 - A Guide For Solicitors (pdf)Download
1957-04 - Monsanto Magazine (reprint) - Our Lady of the Rivers (pdf)Download
c.1958 - A memorial to Mary will be a reminder to all people (pdf)Download
c.1970 - The Story of Our Lady of the Rivers began in the year 1951 (pdf)Download
1984-05 - Missouri Life - The Blessing of the Fleet (pdf)Download
2017-07 - Blessing of the Fleet 50th flyer (pdf)Download