Hidden treasures uncovered in fire-ravaged Loras dormitory

By Dan Russo

Witness Editor

DUBUQUE — Just days after Loras College announced that it will be demolishing Visitation Hall, a dormitory that was recently devastated by a fire, staff uncovered a hidden treasure of relics and other Catholic devotional items that were concealed in the cross that marked the top of the building.

“It’s what you would maybe called a time capsule, but really it’s not,” said Michael Gibson, archivist for Loras College and the Center for Dubuque History. “I would call this a safe deposit box rather than a time capsule. That being because they just put some relics in here. It’s a memory box, but it doesn’t really document (the time). We have some things we think are relics that they just wanted to put in a safe place.”

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