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

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.

"We Live in Exceptional Times:" Memories of World War II

February 12, 2015 2PM

This program is presented in conjunction with Lake Oswego Reads. "Every man, woman and child is a partner" declared President Franklin D. Roosevelt of World War II. This slogan helped unite Americans during the global conflict. This panel discussion will include memories of universal experiences, such as rationing and blackouts, as well as a young child's wartime experiences in Portland, a German boy's exposure to firebombing raids and a teenage girl's connection to the Manhattan Project. Featured panelists include Dr. Tony Farrenkopf, Jean Hoffman, Kathleen La Mear, and Sharon Williams.

"A Home When I Needed One Most:" A Legacy of Care at the Christie Home and School

February 19, 2015 2PM

This program is presented in conjuction with Lake Oswego Reads. The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary began taking care of orphans soon after their arrival in Portland in 1859. For many years the Sisters cared for homeless children at St. Mary's Academy and later at St. Paul's Academy.  In 1908, they established St. Mary's Home for Girls  in Oswego. It later became known as the Christie Orphan Home, the Christie Home and Christie School. This program will explore the Christie legacy of care through an historical overview, the memories of former residents and exhibit.

Peregrine Literary Series

February 15, 2015 7-8PM

Local poets Leah Stenson and Penelope Scambly Schott will read from their latest publications. Stenson is the author of The Turquoise Bee and co-editor of Reverberations, a bi-lingual collection of Japanese poetry. Scambly Schott's most recent books include Lovesong for Dufur and How I Became an Historian. Books available for purchase and signing. Canned food goods will be accepted for the Marylhurst University Food Bank.

Peregrine Literary Series

January 18, 2015 7-8PM

Celebrate William Stafford's birthday with Don Colburn, former reporter for the Washington Post and the Oregonian, as he reads from his latest publication, Tomorrow Too: the Brenda Monologues. Books available for for purchase and signing. Canned goods will be accepted for the Marylhurst University Food Bank.

Peregrine Literary Series

November 16, 2014 7-8PM

David Oates, Northwest author and former back country guide, presents new and previously published poetry and non-fiction inspired by his terrestrial pilgrimages. Books available for purchase and signing.

Peregrine Literary Series

October 19, 2014 7-8PM

Northwest author Jana Harris reveals amazing and quirky backstories about the 'winning of the West' in her latest book, You Haven't Asked Me About My Wedding or What I Wore: Poems of Courtship on the American Frontier. Books will be available for purchase. Canned food accepted for the Marylhurst Food Bank.

Peregrine Literary Series

September 21, 2014 7-8PM

Student writers will read original work from the 2014 Honoring Our Rivers anthology. Paulann Petersen, former Oregon Poet Laureate, and noted author Joan Maiers also will read from their published works. Complimentary copies of the anthology will be availble.