Programs

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

May 18, 2014 7-8PM

Michelle Fredette, M, Marylynne Diggs and Wendy Thompson will read original work from VoiceCatcher. Sponsored by a non-profit community of the same name, VoiceCatcher is an online literary and art publication showcasing writers and artists in the greater Portland/Vancouver area. Peregrine Literary Series is free and open to the public. Canned food goods are accepted for the Oregon Food Bank.

Peregrine Literary Series

April 20, 2014 7-8PM

Daniel Skach-Mills is an award-winning author whose poems have appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies including The Christian Science Monitor, Sojourners, and Open Spaces. His books include The Hut Beneath the Pine: Tea Poems, In This Forest of Monks and The Tao of Now. Skach-Mills drew inspiration for many of his poems from the Lan Su Chinese Garden, where he has served as a docent since 2005. Joan Maiers serves as program host. Peregrine Literary Series is free and open to the public.

Oregon Senior Spelling Bee

April 12, 2014 1-5PM

The Oregon Senior Spelling Bee consists of both written and oral spelling rounds. The Spelling Bee is open to all adults age 50 and older. Trophies will be awarded to the top three contestants. The winner advances to the AARP National Spelling Bee in Cheyenne, Wyoming. There is a $12 entry fee to compete and free entry for spectators.

Peregrine Literary Series

September 15, 2013, 7-8PM

This series showcases the writers, artists and musicians whose work expresses the spirit and heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Student writers will read original poems published in the 2013 Honoring Our Rivers anthology. Complimentary copies of the anthology will be available. S. Joan Maiers serves as program host. Peregrine Literary Series is free and open to the public.

In the Composing Habit: Two Musical Sisters

June 12, 2013, 2-3PM at Mary's Woods

Christopher Wicks will present a lecture and recital at the Chapel of the Holy Names at Mary's Woods. The program is open to the public. In the Composing Habit: Two Musical Sisters will examine the lives and musical careers of two Sisters of the Holy Names. S. Anne Cecile Daigle and S. Mary Magdalen Fautch were celebrated composers and professors of music. The program will include live performances of some of the Sisters' compositions.

Treasures From the Vaults

April 18, 2013, 2-3PM

Two of the oldest, most historically significant objects from the Heritage Center's vaults will be on display. In 1859, while en route from Longueuil, Canada, to Portland, Oregon, the Holy Names Sisters acquired a beautiful oil painting of the Madonna and Child. A few years after they arrived in Oregon the Sisters purchased a harp for musical instruction at St. Mary's Academy. Experts will discuss recent conservation treatments undertaken to preserve these treasures from the vaults.

Senior Spelling Bee

April 13, 2013, 1-5PM

The Oregon Senior Spelling Bee consists of both written and oral spelling rounds. The Spelling Bee is open to all adults age 50 and older. Trophies will be awarded to the top three contestants. The winner advances to the AARP National Spelling Bee in Cheyenne, Wyoming.