What I did This Summer…

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Sep 082014

exhibitwall_finalThis Summer while we were in our temporary digs in Avila Hall, I kept busy by working with a committee to create the exhibit you see here. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was co-curated by myself and Dr. Carol Coburn. I was responsible for tracking down all of the content we wanted to include in this exhibit and that entailed searching extensively through our archival collection of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph for images as well as factual information for the descriptive text. As a committee we decided that this exhibit should tell the story of all Sisters of St. Joseph, so I also contacted numerous congregational archives across the U.S. to obtain photos and images that would help us create a well-balanced exhibit. The responses I received were overwhelmingly positive and the archivists for each congregation were quite generous with their contributions. Dr. Coburn served as the subject specialist for this exhibit and we worked closely to create a cohesive story line that highlights significant historical facts and guides the viewer through the timeline of events. The exhibit begins with the foundation of the order in Le Puy, France, in 1650, and leads the viewer through the sisters’ immigration to the United States in 1836. Also, we felt it was important to introduce our viewers to the process and commitment involved in becoming a Sister of St. Joseph. And since we had a fixed amount of space for our exhibit, we decided to select a few important stories to help illustrate the mission and great works the sisters have orchestrated since coming to America. In addition, we wanted to convey to the viewer that these sisters’ imbue everything they do with the “dear neighbor” in mind. To this end, their vocations are dedicated to issues of healthcare, education, social welfare, and social justice. They have been pioneers and leaders in these fields since their arrival in America and our exhibit helps to illustrate the spread of their influence, both locally and globally.

Our committee began work on this exhibit in February, 2014 and the completed exhibit was unveiled to the public at our open house on August 25, 2014. I would like to acknowledge the many hours of hard work that the committee put in to make this exhibit happen. Committee members were: Adonna Thompson, Carol Coburn, Sue King, Ann O’Mera, Angie Heer, Kathleen Finegan, Dave Armstrong, Mike Stuckey, Maureen Reardon, and exhibit designer Connie Fey, from Madden-McFarland Interiors. I would also like to thank Bob Luder for proof reading our copy, Phil Stewart for this photo and his digital work on the exhibit and all of the congregational archivists (as well as several individual sisters) for their time and generous photographic contributions.

School of Nursing – 65th Anniversary Celebration

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Oct 142013

Homecoming weekend events appear to have been very successful. We had a great turn-out for the School of Nursing’s 65th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. I’m told that there were around 250 attendees on Thursday, October 11th.  Many alums stopped by the Archives’ exhibit table to reminisce with friends and to help identify photographs.  I even had two nursing alums from the class of 1983 stop in the Archives on Friday to continue looking through materials.  Both were very gracious and were a great help with identifying numerous classmates within our photos. I am pleased with the connections I was able to make at the luncheon and it was rewarding to be able to serve as the catalyst for sparking so many wonderful memories.

Reminiscing with friends, both old and new.

Reminiscing with friends, both old and new.

School of Nursing Alumnae enjoying catching up with one another at their 65th Anniversary luncheon..

Avila School of Nursing Alumnae enjoying catching up with one another at their 65th Anniversary luncheon.










 The exhibit and memory table would not have been possible without the help of Joan Hilger-Mullen, Curator for the Donald Kirk Piper MD Memorial Medical Museum at St. Joseph Hospital here in Kansas City, from School of Nursing Office Manager, Debra Bortnicker, and from our Public Relations Specialist, Bob Luder.  A special thanks to you all!

Sep 132013

College of St. Teresa Nursing Brochure, excerpt ca. 1953College of St. Teresa, Nursing Brochure, ca. 1953

I am in the process of gathering materials together to create a table-top exhibit for our Department of Nursing’s 65th Anniversary Celebration. In my quest to locate interesting historical materials, I have sifted through the current holdings of the Archives and I have very graciously been granted access to collections held by both our Department of Nursing and St. Joseph Hospital. This early brochure is but one of the treasures that I have come across in my search. The Alumni Luncheon will be held (in conjunction with the Homecoming Weekend Event) at the Overland Park Convention Center on October 10th, so I have less than a month to pull together something grand. It should be a fun event and I am very much looking forward to meeting some of our nursing alums!

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