A Day of Dreaming at St. Mary's College

On the campus of St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.
On April 27, 2018, over 50 participants from 27 congregations of women religious met on the campus of St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, for A Day of Dreaming hosted by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Among the attendees were CARA members Jerice Barrios, Patricia Carroll, Sr. Virginia Jung, and Rebekah McFarland. The day was organized by the Sisters of the Holy Cross to gauge the interest in a collaborative women's religious archive and/or heritage center in the Midwest. Judging by the strong attendance at the gathering, the interest is definitely there.

The group gathered that day in the Lillie O'Grady Center at St. Mary's Convent was energized and eager to discuss the issues facing the archives of women's religious congregations. A pressing question for congregations reaching completion is, what becomes of their archival collections? How will their legacy be preserved? A collaborative archive where sisters can deposit some or all of their materials could be welcome solution.

Day of Dreaming participants gathered in the Lillie O'Grady Center to discuss a proposed
collaborative archive and heritage center
Of course, a project of that scale cannot be completed in a single day, but the exchange of ideas will continue as the participants work toward creating a steering committee and a plan of action. It was obvious that all of the attendees valued the history of the sisters and had a will to carry it into the future.

Upcoming Programs at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library, as seen from Washington Square Park.
Photo courtesy of the Newberry Library. 
There is still time to register for "Women, Religion, and Social Change in Chicago and the Midwest," a symposium with Wallace Best, Rachel Bohlmann, Mary Beth Connolly, Karla Goldman, and Ann Durkin Keating. The panel will explore connections between religious practice and social activism in the lives of Midwestern women and their communities, focusing on Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Please see the symposium website for a complete schedule and paper abstracts.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
9 am to 1 pm
Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register online using this form by 4 pm Friday, April 20, 2018.

Doors will open at 9 am, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available, non-registered individuals will be permitted to enter at about 9:20. Questions? Contact the Newberry at publicprograms@newberry.org or 312-255-3610.


The Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas will host its final presentation on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please share with interested colleagues.

(un)Holy Spies: Religion and American Espionage in World War II
Matthew Sutton, Washington State University

Sutton’s research project analyzes the work of missionaries, missionary executives, and priests who went to work as spies for the Office of Strategic Services (which later evolved into the CIA) during World War II. Without necessarily anticipating the long-term consequences of their actions, these covert agents crafted new and important relationships for the United States with Mecca, the Vatican, and Zion, which profoundly shaped the trajectory of American involvement with the rest of the world in the decades after the war.

Respondent: Chris Cantwell, University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee

Newberry Scholarly Seminar papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper, email scholarlyseminars@newberry.org. Please request the paper if you plan to attend.

Currently the Newberry Seminar is accepting proposals for next year’s seminar until June 1, 2018.

CARA Spring Meeting at North Shore Congregation Israel, May 31st, 2018

North Shore Congregation Israel. Photo by Merle A. Branner.

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 31, 2018, when CARA will hold its Spring Meeting at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL. The meeting will include a tour of the buildings and the Ruthie & Bill Katz Archives with Archivist Merle Branner, followed by a conversation with Jeanne Long, Executive Director of Chicago Collections Consortium. Ms. Long will discuss the Consortium's membership and projects, including the Explore portal, and there will be time for questions afterwards.

Here are the details:

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 1-3pm

Where: North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL
For those driving, there is plenty of parking at the venue. For those taking public transportation, you can take the Metra U-PN to Braeside. NSCI is a 13-minute walk from there, or we may be able to arrange pick-up from the station. Please contact cenacle.archives@gmail.com if you need help with transportation.
What: 1-2pm Tour of the buildings and the Ruthie & Bill Katz Archives with Archivist Merle Branner
           2-3pm Networking and conversation with Jeanne Long, Executive Director of Chicago Collections Consortium

Light refreshments will be served, and this meeting is free and open to anyone who is interested. We hope you will join us! Please RSVP no later than May 10, 2018, to Jerice Barrios at cenacle.archives@gmail.com.