An encounter with the supernatural

The Indiana State University Folklore Archives has collected quite a few stories about supernatural encounters and UFOs. This particular story was collected in 1998 by Janel Maesch. In this interview Donald Bonomo of Clinton, Indiana, shares his story about seeing a silver, saucer-shaped UFO at Sportland Park in Clinton. Three others who were with him at the time also witnessed the UFO.

To read other stories about encounters with the supernatural or UFOs, click here.


Archives: a way to connect with people

Have you ever thought of Archives as being a ministry? Perhaps not, but according to Sister Marianne Mader, Archives researcher for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., it is. “[Archives] is a way of connecting with other people,” she notes in the summer 2012 issue of HOPE, now available online.

The Sisters of Providence are blessed with an awesome Archives. Truly, this department was created when the Congregation’s foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, put pen to paper and wrote her journals as well as thousands of letters to her sisters in France, sisters here in the United States and countless friends and donors.

This issue of HOPE is dedicated to the keeper of the stories — the many women who have dedicated their lives to preserving the history of the Sisters of Providence. In this issue you’ll learn about the ways in which Archives collaborates with various entities across the state of Indiana. You’ll also learn about the work Sister Maureen Abbott is doing in writing the fourth volume of the Congregation’s history. Additionally, you’ll learn a little more about the story behind the “CNN Presents” program on the canonization of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

As always, you’ll find the usual articles — her-story, photo albums, newsnotes, alumnae/i news, obituaries and upcoming events. Check it out now!


Arequipa, Peru, focus of Heritage Museum exhibit

This artwork of The Last Supper is just one of many artifacts and documents on display in the Heritage Museum
of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, ministered in Arequipa, Peru, from 1963 to 1975. A new Heritage Museum exhibit in Providence Center at the Woods focuses upon this ministry. It is free and open to the public.

In 1960, all U.S. religious congregations were asked by Pope John XXIII to create missions in Latin America beginning as soon as possible. In March of 1963, Sisters Veronica Hester (RIP), Kathleen O’Connor (RIP) and Monica Withem (RIP) left Indiana for this new mission in South America. The sisters ministered at the all-boys Colegio de San José and worked closely with the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Included in this exhibit are many hand-carved items such as Nativity sets, dolls, crosses and Arte Grotesque pieces. Hand-crafted items include blankets, ponchos, napkins, purses, a sterling silver cross and a picture frame. There are also several paintings, photos, school annuals, plus much more.

The Heritage Museum is located in Providence Center and is open during the center's normal hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT), and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). Click here for directions  to Providence Center


Lincoln vs. Davis

The Vigo County Historical Society has a wonderful set of five political envelopes from 1861 that feature President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The two men are illustrated in a boxing ring.

The description of the envelopes reads, “each envelope progresses their conflict as an allegory of the larger Civil War. The crowd surrounding them varies but is generally made up of soldiers, politicians, animals and political symbolism. The fight ends with Davis defeated.”


Too close for comfort!

OK, I admit it. This photograph and accompanying information made me laugh out loud! This 1958 Ford Mercury station wagon was photographed outside Jack Thrasher Ford, once located on east Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute, Indiana. Yes, as someone wrote in blue ink pen at the top of the photo, two people were welded inside!

According to the description, There were bars welded over the windows after two married people got inside the vehicle. They were supposed to live in the car for an extended period of time but the promotion didn’t last as long as planned because they got on each others’ nerves too much.” I love it!

This photo is part of the Vigo County Historical Society collection.