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Lecture explores Benedictine Sisters in Idaho

— This Thursday, Oct. 20, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude will present an event that focuses on the history of the Benedictine Sisters of Cottonwood. The lecture and tour will be offered at both 3 and 7 p.m. The event is free and admission to the Historical Museum will be free all day.

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude has begun a five-year plan to extensively remodel the exhibits so they better tell the stories of the region. Thursday’s event celebrates the completion of the first phase that focuses on the history of the sisters and their ministries. The tour will be guided by former Idaho State Historian Keith Petersen, who helped create the exhibit. Assistant Prioress Sister Mary Marge Goeckner will also present.

The sisters’ service in the Pacific Northwest began with the leadership of Mother Johanna Zumstein, Sister Magdalene Suter, and Sister Rosalia Ruebli who arrived in 1882 from a cloister in Sarnen, Switzerland. The journey took these women through Eastern Washington and continues in Cottonwood where the motherhouse was founded in 1909.

This project 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 a recent appeal.

This is the third lecture in the 17th Annual Fall Lecture Series presented by the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. The series, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provides insights into the history of our region. October is also Membership Month at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude and Thursday’s event will provide an opportunity to join in support as museum members. Light refreshments are provided.

The event will be held at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. Contact the museum at 962-2054.


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