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Heinz History Center extends sisters in healthcare display

“Angels of Mercy: Sisters in Healthcare in Western Pennsylvania,” an exhibit gifted to the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh by the Slippery Rock University Foundation, has been extended until May. 

“More than 200,000 people have been to the museum since the opening of this exhibit last October,” said Emily Ruby, assistant curator. “We have gotten a lot of positive feedback, because of the large Catholic community and people didn’t realize how extensive the contributions of the sisters were to health care.”

The project features a collection of artifacts showcasing the significant contributions of 16 orders of Roman Catholic sisters who helped develop health care in western Pennsylvania from 1847-1969. The collection includes mannequins outfitted in nursing uniforms and religious clothing, documents, medical equipment, historical panels and photographs.

The display is on the fourth floor of the center.

John Bavaro, SRU associate professor of professional studies, amassed the collection with help from sisters in four dioceses: Altoona-Johnston, Erie, Greensburg and Pittsburgh.