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

Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:35am EDT

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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.

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.


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


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


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. 

Sandi Padnos, 310-231-1994 / 818-517-5888
Immersive Marketing
Molly A. Miles, 323-463-3973
Annmarie Sanders, Director of Communications
The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future
Alyssa Gardina, Marketing Associate

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