Portrait Mme de la Peltrie
Madeleine de Chauvigny de la Peltrie, Benefactress
We consider her to be our secular foundress. When Marie of the Incarnation wanted to leave for America, she needed a benefactress. The two women met and decided to carry out their plans. To fund the undertaking, Marie-Madeleine de Chauvigny de la Peltrie awarded French land to the Ursulines, thereby providing them with a source of revenue. She lived in a tiny house where the museum is currently located.