|SHS members visit Heritage Room |
of Franciscan Sisters on Lourdes campus;
decorative features, tile, arabic lamp; top right,
Gaye Gindy & Sandy Gratop with
sister Rosamond (red dress/white jacket);
|Sister Rosamond talks about Heritage |
Room focusing on the history and
work of the Franciscan Sisters,
on Lourdes University campus.
Photo, Sandy Gratop.
These nuns are not simply "old school." They are contemporary, creative, energetic. They understand leadership and marketing. They understand and are fully engaged in the world they live in and want to make it better for all people. They go nonstop. They grasp new opportunities; welcome change; reach out.
Now they have created a "Heritage Room" to preserve their own history, share it with others, and prepare for their 100-year anniversary in 2016. Historian Gaye E. Gindy, co-author with Trini L. Wenninger of "Sylvania" (Images of America Series, Arcadia publishing), is helping the Sisters tell their story.
|SHS Members at the |
Photos: Sandy Gratop
About 20 members of the Sylvania Area Historical Society (SHS) gathered for a tour of the Heritage Room last week. Sister Rosamond, a spry 60-something whose knowledge is vast and whose enthusiasm is contagious, gave a lively talk sprinkled with lots of her own memories and good humor. The Heritage Room has artifacts, documents, memorabilia, photographs, and original art, all nicely exhibited, along with three large video screens, always running, focusing on the history of the Franciscan Sisters who built the order and made Lourdes University and the campus what it is today.
The Franciscan sisters are an integral part of the Sylvania community. This community has a strong sense of place, many talented people, and involved citizens who care about its past, present and future. It's a good place to be.