The rich history of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is conveyed through programs and exhibits. Program participants will gain an appreciation for the Sisters' commitment to education and the arts, justice, peace, and service to the poor and marginalized. Annual events include the William Stafford poetry celebration, Lake Oswego Reads program, Peregrine Literary Arts Series, Senior Spelling Bee, lectures and film screenings. The Heritage Center occasionally partners with non-profits and community organizations to offer educational programs that reflect the Sisters' corporate stands against human trafficking and the privatization of water. Information about the Heritage Center's off-site program series is available on our History Pub page.

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Peregrine Literary Series

March 19 at 3PM

Marylhurst University alum Cathy McGuire and noted author A. Molotkov will read poetry from their latest books, Elegy for the 21st Century and The Invention of Distance. Sr. Joan Maiers serves as program host. Please bring canned food for the Marylhurst University Food Pantry.

New Planetary Discoveries, a Lake Oswego Reads program

February 16, 2017 at 2PM

A visit to the Hayden Planetarium at the age of five ignited a lifelong passion for astronomy for Jan Dabrowski. Today, Dr. Dabrowski teaches s science classes at Marylhurst University and serves as a popular museum consultant. Join us for a lively presentation on new planetary discoveries and technology that facilitates space exploration.

On the Cutting Edge: STEM Education at St. Mary's Academy, a Lake Oswego Reads program

February 7, 2017 at 7PM

Since its founding in 1859, St. Mary’s Academy been known for educational excellence and the “full development” of each student. Today, more than 40 percent of SMA graduates pursue college majors of math or science. Principal Kelli Clark, faculty and students will discuss the school’s STEM endeavors, including computer coding, Science Olympiad, robotics team and experiential learning with Google Cardboard virtual reality platform.

Peregrine Literary Series

February 19, 2017 at 3PM

On Sunday, February 19 at 3PM, join a community celebration to honor and support beloved author Brian Doyle. There will be an open mike reading for audience members to share a favorite excerpt from Doyle's prolific publications. In addition to having served as the editor of Portland Magazine, Doyle is the author of multiple works, including Grace Notes, The Plover and Mink River. Donations will be collected for the Doyle family.


Peregrine Literary Series

January 15, 2017 at 3PM

Celebrate William Stafford's birthday with special guest readers. Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993) taught at Lewis & Clark College for thirty years and also served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Bring a favorite poem by or about Stafford to read after the presentation. Birthday cake will be served. Please bring canned goods for the Marylhurst University Food Bank.

Peregrine Literary Series

October 16, 2016 at 3PM

October’s program features two prolific writers. Laura LeHew writes and edits from the hills of Eugene, Oregon. She is widely published; her four collections include: Becoming (Another New Calligraphy), Willingly Would I Burn, (MoonPath Press), It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, (Winterhawk Press) and Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press). Scot Siegel is from Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is the author of The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems (forthcoming, Salmon Poetry of Ireland, 2016) and Thousands Flee California Wildflowers (Salmon Poetry, 2012), among others. Canned food will be collected for the Marylhurst University Food Pantry.

Peregrine Literary Series

September 18, 2016 at 3PM

September's theme is Honoring Our Rivers and Friendly Forests. Authors featured in the 2016 Honoring Our Rivers Anthology, along with participants in the Lake Oswego Arbor Poets' Contest, will present their writing in celebration of Oregon's natural environment. Complimentary copies of the anthology will be available. A light refreshment reception follows the program. Joan Maiers serves as program host. Canned food will be collected for the Marylhurst University Food Pantry. Join us for our first program following the summer hiatus at our new, earlier time.

Peregrine Literary Series

May 15, 2016 at 3PM

On Sunday, May 15 at 3 PM, three authors will read their work from VoiceCatcher, an online publication showcasing the writing and artwork of regional women. Featured are Erin Iwata, Joan Maiers, and Stacy Vallas. Publications by these authors and literature about VoiceCatcher will be available. Joan Maiers serves as host. Please note the new, earlier time for this program series. Canned food will be collected for the Marylhurst University Food Pantry.