The traveling exhibit, “Progress and Promise: Sisters Serving Northeast Ohio” opens Thursday, July 5 at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 W. Wood St. in Youngstown.
The opening reception will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. Anne York, Youngstown State University professor of History, will give a talk on Roman Catholic Sisters in the United States. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 15. The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, operated by the YSU Department of History, is open Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.
“Progress & Promise” examines the heritage, collaboration and current ministries of religious women. Using images, stories and a historical timeline, the exhibit delineates the impact that Catholic sisters of Northeast Ohio have had since their arrival on the shores of Lake Erie in 1850. They assessed the needs of fellow immigrants and quickly took action, building schools, hospitals, orphanages and homes for the elderly. Sister-founded institutions continue to thrive in Northeast Ohio, growing and changing to serve today’s needs.
“Progress & Promise” is the local, Northeast Ohio portion of the “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” which was unveiled at the Maltz Jewish Heritage Museum in Beachwood, Ohio, in spring 2010. The panels are augmented by artifacts and images from the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the Youngstown Ursuline Sisters.
For more information, call 330-941-1314.