Using historical maps, broadsheets, books, objects, and textiles, Crossings and Dwellings tells the story of 19th-century European Jesuits and women religious who arrived on the country’s expanding western frontier to serve both indigenous and immigrant populations. This exhibition includes liturgical and educational treasures, such as globes by Willem Jansz Blaeu (Dutch, 1571–1638), drawings by Nicolas Point, S.J. (French, 1799–1868), maps by Pierre Jean De Smet, S.J. (Belgian, 1801–1873), the chalice of Sébastien-Louis Meurin, S.J. (French, 1707–1777), a cope made by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ (French, 1769–1852), and vestments created by indigenous people and presented to De Smet. 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 building Chicago educational institutions, including several schools in Holy Family Parish, Immaculata High School, and Mundelein College.
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). For more information, visit LUC.edu/crossings.
The exhibition is curated by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, and Ellen Skerrett, Chicago historian and author. Sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage and supported by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Loyola University Chicago.