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Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in California

AUDIENCE: Adults, Teens

RENTAL FEE: $500 Religious-affiliated organizations; Libraries; K-12 schools $1,500 Museums; Universities + shipping for an 4-to-12-week booking

SIZE: 100 linear feet


CALIFORNIA! Expansive, beautiful, diverse—on the cutting edge of a continent; of transition, technology, expression and innovation. Here since 1850, dynamic, pioneering women religious have responded to unparalleled challenges on the edge of possibility.

The Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in California exhibit features the amazing contributions Sisters have made in developing California’s church and society. The exhibit reflects the work of groups of strong women who forcefully placed their stamp on California life, and how the communities to which they belonged provided women with an outlet for grace, beauty, intellect and leadership.

Their story begins during the state’s chaotic founding years in the wake of the Gold Rush with Sisters providing social stability by creating a “safety net”—childcare centers, hospitals, schools, orphanages, homes for the elderly and working girls, and countless other charity institutions.

These women did not settle for salving social wounds; they worked to transform the source of these ills by actively participating in the struggle for social justice. Today, their work continues with widespread partnerships and collaborations.

The Sisters’ work with the poor and marginalized did not darken their view, but deepened their vision of the beauty of the world. Among other outlets, the Sisters responded by producing works of art, music and architecture.

The exhibit is divided five themes:

  • Collaboration and Leading the Way
  • Creating the Safety Net
  • On Frontier’s Edge
  • California Expressions: Art & Beauty
  • Programming & Suggested Artifacts list
  • Immigrant Church, Immigrant Sisters

The exhibit features photographs, text panels, and audio-visuals and can easily be augmented with various collections and artifacts. A list of suggested artifacts is available. This exhibit features:

  • 35 photo & text panels on sintra
  • Spanish translations
  • How the Sisters Tamed the West video
  • Daughters of Charity Fall of Saigon Story video
  • Programming & Suggested Artifacts list
  • Publicity Materials
  • Education Materials

More Information

TOP: Confirmation at Manzanar War Relocation Center, 1944. MIDDLE: Convent of the Sacred Heart, the first foundation house of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oakland, California, 1868. BOTTOM: Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange en route to Eureka, 1912.


September 2013 – January 2014 Available – Flexible Dates
February 2014 – March 2014 Temecula Valley Museum, Temecula, CA
April 2014 – July 2015 Available – Flexible Dates
August 3, 2015 – October 13, 2015 Museum on Main, Pleasanton, CA
October 2015 – December 2015 Available – Flexible Dates
Posted in: Past Exhibits