WOMEN & SPIRIT: Catholic Sisters in America To Begin Second Stop on Worldwide Tour at The Women`s Museum:An Institute for the Future in Dallas, Texas
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Successful American History Exhibit on Innovative Women Pioneering Healthcare and Educational Institutions To Open September 25, 2009 DALLAS--(Business Wire)-- Women & Spirit:Catholic Sisters in America, an exhibit chronicling the untold stories of the innovative women who played a significant pioneering role in shaping the nation`s social and cultural landscape will open at The Women`s Museum: An Institute for the Future, September 25 - December 13, 2009, en route to The Smithsonian and Ellis Island. Women & Spirit is a project of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in association with Cincinnati Museum Center, which plans to tour the exhibition nationally. www.womenandspirit.org First arriving on America`s shores almost 300 years ago, Catholic sisters built and led schools, hospitals, orphanages, colleges, and other social institutions that have continually served millions. Remarkably, they created these enduring institutions at a time when women had few, if any, professional opportunities. This milestone compilation of artifacts and multi-media presentations reveals a new perspective of American history, including inspiring stories of the sisters` involvement in the early development of incubators, the Mayo Clinic and Alcoholics Anonymous. In recent years, LCWR has worked with communities of sisters to research and catalog rare, heretofore unseen artifacts, vivid first-person accounts, photographs, and video from many historical turning points from the Civil War, the Depression, and the Civil Rights Movement, through Hurricane Katrina. "Few people are aware of the brave women who came here to help pioneers, immigrants and children assimilate into the American fabric," said Sister Jane Burke, SSND Executive Director of LCWR. "Through this extraordinary exhibit, we learn the real role of Catholic sisters in the settling and shaping of America. Their huge contributions, never included in our history books, are brought to life in this compelling exhibit," said Wanda Brice, CEO, The Women`s Museum. CNN`s senior Vatican analyst, John Allen, noted, "The Women & Spirit exhibit brings to life the story of religious sisters in the United States. Against all odds, these largely anonymous women changed the country." The exhibit design was conceived by Bob Weis Design Island and produced by Seruto & Company. www.design-island.com Other locations and dates will be announced. Video and photographs available at www.womenandspirit.org. Sisters are available for select interviews. ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS (LCWR): Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America is organized by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic sisters in the United States. LCWR represents about 95 percent of the 59,000 sisters in the United States. www.lcwr.org ABOUT SERUTO & COMPANY: Seruto & Company is an Exhibit Producer managing design and production for such renowned touring exhibitions as Tutankhamen and America I Am: The African American Imprint for AEG, and CSI: The Experience and Top of the Rock for Bob Weis Design Island.www.seruto.com ABOUT THE WOMEN`S MUSEUM: The Women`s Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation`s only comprehensive women`s history museum that chronicles the lives of American women through interactive exhibits. The Women's Museum is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs. Open Tuesday - Sunday, noon - 5:00 PM. (Closed Mondays). www.thewomensmuseum.org. SCOOP Sandi Padnos, 310-231-1994 / 818-517-5888 email@example.com or Immersive Marketing Molly A. Miles, 323-463-3973 firstname.lastname@example.org or LCWR Annmarie Sanders, Director of Communications 310-588-4955 email@example.com or The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future Alyssa Gardina, Marketing Associate 214-915-0876 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2009