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.
March 9, 2016 at 2pm
Portland State University Professor Jan Dilg will discuss the compelling story of Caroline Gleason, the future Holy Names Sister, who led Oregon to adopt the nation's first law establishing minimum wages and maximum working hours. In 1916, Gleason entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and received the religious name Sister Miriam Theresa. In 1924, she became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A reception with refreshments and the opportunity to meet Professor Dilg will follow the presentation. Dilg served as the Project Director for the Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912-2012, the Oregon Woman Suffrage Centennial.This free program is sponsored by a generous grant from National Catholic Sisters Week and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province.
February 21, 2016 at 7pm
Through a re-imagination of Aztec poetry and music, poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and pre-Hispanic instrumentalist Gerardo Calderón engage in a haunting dialogue with “the ones who have gone before.” Cindy performs original poems written in the mythic voices of Aztec poet-kings. Gerardo accompanies with Mesoamerican rhythms and melodies on water drums, turtle shells, seed pods, clay flutes and whistles to transform Cindy’s poems into otherworldly “flower and song” of the ancients. Inspired by New Spain’s iconic “Tenth Muse,” Cindy will perform poems written in the voice of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the 17th-century colonial Mexican poet-nun who was one of the first feminists of the Americas.
January 17, 2016 at 3PM
Celebrate William Stafford's birthday with special guest Brian Doyle. The author of thirteen books, Doyle is the editor of Portland, the University of Portland’s award-winning magazine. His publications include The Plover, Martin Marten, Mink River and Grace Notes. Doyle will read from his publications. 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. Canned goods will be collected for the Marylhurst University Food Bank.
November 15, 2015 at 7pm
Alice and Wayne Lee will read from their recent publications. Alice Lee's poetry-memoir is titled China Moon. She is author of the forthcoming Necklace of Stones: A Memoir of Poetry and Place. Wayne Lee's volume is titled Googling a Present Participle - Poems, Prose Poems, Bogus Momologues & Fradulent Artifacts. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Joan Maiers serves as program host.
October 18, 2015 at 7pm
On Sunday, October 18 at 7pm, Harold Johnson and Carlos Reyes read from their latest publications. Johnson’s work includes Citizenship and a novel, The Fort Showalter Blues. He previously taught art at Grant High School. Reyes, a writing workshop instructor, is the author of Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart, The Book of Shadows and a translation of Josefina Delatorre’s poetry, At the Edge of the Western Wave.
September 20, 2015 at 7pm
September's program honors the importance of rivers and trees. Young-at-heart authors will read their original poetry. The program includes Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, students featured in the 2015 Honoring Our Rivers anthology, and participants from the 2015 Lake Oswego Arbor Poets Contest. Complimentary copis of the anthology will be available thanks to its generous sponsors. Canned food goods will be collected for the Marylhurst University Food Pantry.
May 17, 2015 at 7pm
In honor of Older Americans Month, World War II veteran Ralph Salisbury, 2015 Oregon Book Award honoree and retired director of the University of Oregon MFA Writing Program, will read from his novel. Joseph A. Soldati, Professor Emeritus at Western Oregon University, will read from his latest book, In Italy: A Personal Journey. Joan Maiers serves as program host. Sister John Maureen Backenstos, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names, will round out the trio of talented authors. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Canned food goods will be collected for the Marylhurst University Food Pantry.
April 19, 2015 7-8PM
Celebrate National Poetry Month with local poets David Rutiezer and Joseph A. Soldati. Both will read from their latest works and books will be available for purchase. Rutiezer's poems include "The Junkyard Meditations" and "A Cartography of Childhood." Soldati, Professor Emeritus of English at Western Oregon University, is the author of numerous publications including a new chapbook, In Italy: A Personal Journey. Joan Maiers serves as program host. Canned food goods are collected for the Marylhurst University Food Pantry.