Mary Reed, Keith Petersen, and Mary Jahn in the new exhibit on the history of the sisters. All three gave of their time, experience, and leadership on this project.
COTTONWOOD Like many Benedictine monasteries throughout history, the Monastery of St. Gertrude is striving to preserve cultural heritage as well as serve a spiritual purpose.
The Benedictine sisters are preserving the past for the future through the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude that is engaged in curating artifacts and interpreting the stories they represent. A major exhibit remodel is under way to further this purpose.
The remodel team includes former Idaho State Historian Keith Petersen, exhibit specialists Mary Reed and Mary Jahn designer Amber Harris, and a team at the museum. The remodel phases will take place during the next five years: the history of the Benedictine Sisters and their impact on Idaho (2015/2016); the history of the museum as one of Idaho’s earliest museums (2017); Idaho County’s interesting characters (2018); temporary exhibit gallery (2018); treasures gallery (2017); and history of local people (2019-2020).
The first phase is almost finished. Recently, the museum hosted the Idaho State Legislature’s Joint Finance Appropriations Committee. They were able to experience the new, nearly-completed exhibit on the history of the sisters.
The museum has already received nearly $10,000 in grants for the support of this project: This is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support has also come from the Idaho State Historical Society as part of its Community Enhancement Grants program and Northwest Farm Credit Services through their Rural Community Grant Program. Further support for the exhibits remodel project has come from donors who responded to our recent Spring Appeal.
The community of the Monastery of St. Gertrude thanks all who affirmed this project with their financial support and invite everyone to stop in and see the progress. Learn more at www.HistoricalMuseumatStGertrude.org.