From the archives: The Beatles

Mother Georgianne Segner

In 1965, Mother Georgianne Segner, the provincial for the Dallas Province, was traveling to Wilton, Connecticut, to attend the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Conference. The SSND-ECs were annual events where North American sisters would attend lectures on various topics related to education and teaching. Along the way she had a very interesting encounter.

The following was recorded in the “Report of the Information Committee submitted to the Secretary of the SSND Educational Conference held at Wilton, Connecticut, August 16-19, 1965.”



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Turns out she was speaking with…Ringo! On August 15, 1965 the Beatles were kicking off their second American tour with their opening show at Shea Stadium in Queens. The show set records for attendance and was one of the most famous concerts of the era. This was the height of Beatlemania and Mother Georgianne had no clue who he was!


Our archive series is from Michele Levandoski, archivist at the School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives. Located at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the archives include more than 2,000 linear feet of historical documents and artifacts that date back to the establishment of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in North America. Learn more at