Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, and the American Experience, 1814–2014
July 19 – October 19, 2014
Crossings and Dwellings commemorates both the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014) and a century of women's education at Loyola-Mundelein (1914-2014).
Using historical maps, books, documents, objects and textiles, Crossing and Dwellings tells the story of nineteenth-century European Jesuits and women religious who arrived on the country’s expanding western frontier to serve both Native American and urban immigrant populations. The exhibition will include liturgical and educational treasures, including a pair of celestial and terrestrial globes by Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571–1638), approximately one hundred pencil drawings made by Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799–1868), maps drawn by Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. (1801-1873), and vestments and clothing gifted to De Smet by Native Americans. The exhibition will also examine the pioneering role of the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in Chicago educational institutions, including several schools of Holy Family parish, Immaculata High School, and Mundelein College.
Lenders to the exhibition include the Midwest Jesuit Archives, the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, and the Sacred Heart Archives, St. Louis, Missouri; the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles, Missouri; the BVM Archives at Mt. Carmel, Dubuque, Iowa; the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee; and Chicago institutions, including the Newberry Library; University of Illinois at Chicago/Hull House; Holy Family parish; St. Ignatius College Prep; and Loyola University's Department of Special Collections and the Women's Leadership Archives (Mundelein College).
The exhibition is curated by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago and Ellen Skerrett, Chicago historian and author. Crossings and Dwellings is sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago.
Image: Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799–1868), Sanctuary and Altar in Tipi, Midwest Jesuit Archives, Missouri Province Collection, De Smetiana Series, IX C9 35.