Past Forward Newsletter

Past Forward is published three times each year. To subscribe, email and specify if you would like a hard copy mailed to you or PDF.

Current issue: Spring 2024 (pdf)

Legacy Room
Meet Visual Resources Archivist, Grant Mandarino
Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART)

Past issues:

Summer 2023

Farewell from Loretta Greene
The second Sister Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Margaret Guidinger)
Networks and networking
Changes and challenges
Sr. Simonne riding in style

Winter 2022-2023 (pdf)

Accessions added to Chehalis/Centralia collections
Preserving St. Ignatius headstones in the artifacts collection
Providence Archives 50th anniversary
Past Forward 30th anniversary

Fall 2022 (pdf)

University of Providence 90th anniversary
Galerie Trinitas appraisals
Poor Clares cornerstone box deaccessioned
Columbus Hospital ledgers accession

Summer 2022 (pdf)

Rededication of Lourdes statue at Saint Joseph Residence, Seattle
Office move, Mount Saint Joseph, Spokane
Artifact collection move, Mount Saint Joseph, Spokane

Winter 2021-2022 (pdf)

What's the story with chronicles?
On the road again: retrieving collection from Yakima

Fall 2021 (pdf)

Sr. Rita Bergamini celebrates 100 years
Artifact collection additions: ladder and isolette
New book: Ozzy's Girls

Spring 2021 (pdf)

70 Years of Mount St. Joseph, Spokane
COVID artifacts take their place in collections
50th anniversary of the founding of St. Ignatius Province archives
130th anniversary of the provinces

Fall 2020 (pdf)

Archivists catching up on homework during the pandemic
40 Years in D.C.: Celebrating the anniversary of the Mother Joseph Statue dedication
Providence Elder-Place celebrates 25 years in Seattle
New Walla Walla history

Winter 2019-2020 (pdf)

A story in stone
Excluded assets in the archives
Keeping the legacy alive - electronically!

Fall 2019 (pdf)

Farewell to Providence Heights
Second international meeting of Museums, Archives, Communications and Causes (MACC)
Artifact spotlight: Portland soccer scarf
Celebrating the Apollo 11 50th anniversary

Spring 2019 (pdf)

Stained Glass Removed at Providence Heights
University of Providence records organized
A Kind of Homecoming: From the Yellow House to Medford
175th Anniversary Closes

Winter 2018-2019 (pdf)
SP anniversaries throughout history: 125th (1968) and 150th (1993)
Eustace Ziegler paintings restored
Artifact spotlight: 150th anniversary objects (1993)
New volunteer: Sister Patricia Eley

Fall 2018 (pdf)
SP anniversaries throughout history: 75th (1918) and 100th (1943)
Artifact spotlight: St. Joseph Hospital (Burbank) cornerstone trowel, 1943
Mother Joseph Seen in New Light: stained glass window at St. Edward Church, Shelton

Spring 2018 (pdf)
SP anniversaries throughout history: seventh (1850), 25th (1868) and 50th (1893)

Winter 2017-2018 (pdf)
History of the SP Constitutions and Rules
A road trip to the past to visit the former Sacred Heart School in Ward, Washington
New books incorporating resources from the Archives

Fall 2017 (pdf)
Journey to Montana in 1878
Artifact Spotlight: St. Patrick Hospital implosion, 1999
University of Providence accession
Columbus Hospital chapel

Spring 2017 (pdf)
New Photo Acquisitions from Portland
Artifact Spotlight: Run Bike & Walk
St. Joseph Medal Tradition
Providence Academy updates

Winter 2016-2017 (pdf)
Myth Busters: The Providence Academy 1891 Addition
Anniversaries Celebrated
All Bottled Up: Owl Drug Co. bottle
Traditional Habit Exhibited

Fall 2016 (pdf)
Meet Elizabeth Russell
Saint Joseph Residence at 50:
A Jubilee History

Winter 2015-2016 (pdf)
From the Archivist
Meet Jessica Long
Archives Month poster

Summer 2015 (pdf)
From the Archivist: Changes and Transitions / Emily Dominick
Inhabiting a Saint's World (Fr. Jon Buffington)
The Icing on the Cake: a Jubilee Story

Winter 2014-2015 (pdf)
Celebrating 150 Years of Native American Ministry
Reader’s Corner: “Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel”
SP Spotlight: Providencia Tolan
Picturing Providence

Summer 2014 (pdf)
The Bell & The River History, Part 2
Providence Archives Staff Participates in International Meeting
Wheelchair Finds New Home on Stage

Spring 2014 (pdf)
St. Joseph of the Flood statue made by Mother Joseph
The Great Flood of 1894
Picturing Providence: St. Joseph of the Flood through time

Winter 2013-2014 (pdf)
The Bell & The River History
SP Spotlight: Mary Leopoldine Throll
Picturing Providence: Digitized Films Now Available on YouTube

Fall 2013 (pdf)
50th Anniversary of Regina House
SP Spotlight: Mary Regina Bomber
Picturing Providence: Regina House Through the Years

Spring 2013 (pdf)
Archives Mystery Solved: Missing Film Found
SP Spotlight: Solange Schiller
Picturing Providence: Archives in the Movies

Winter 2012-2013 (pdf)
News from the Archives
Searching the Archives: Origin of "Aspirations to Divine Providence" Music
Picturing Providence: Archives in the Movies

Fall 2012 (pdf)
History of Providence Archives
Archives Timeline
Picturing Providence: Historical Images of Providence Archives

Summer 2012 (pdf)
Providence Academy Developments
SP Spotlight: Sister Cecilia Mary Kucera
Picturing Providence: Providence Academy Development Plan, 1972

Winter 2011-2012 (pdf)
Wax Workshop
CONTENTdm New Features

Fall 2011 (pdf)
A History of Mission Effectiveness
SP Spotlight: Sister Honora Collins
Archives Month Activities

Spring 2011 (pdf)
Lost-Scanned-Found: Scanning Project
SP Spotlight: Sister Mary Edna Beaudreau
Focusing on the Farm at Mary Immaculate School

Winter 2010-2011 (pdf)
Archivists Without Borders: North American Providence Archivists Meet
SP Spotlight: Sister Vincent Ferrier Proulx
Picturing Providence: Our Lady of Seven Dolors School (Tulalip, Washington)

Summer 2010 (pdf)
New Digital Collections Database
Review: Women and Spirit Exhibit
Did You Know: Sister Profession Numbers
Exhibit Program
St. Lawrence Day

Winter 2010 (pdf)
Sisters of Providence Formation
Spotlight: Sr. Martin Lefrancois
Picturing Providence: A Ceremony of Change
Did You Know: Temporary Vows
New Archives Supervisor, Sr. Judith Desmarais
Volunteer, Sr. Virginia Miller

Fall 2009 (pdf)
The Way it Was in Providence Schools
Spotlight: Sr. Mary Loretta Gately
Picturing Providence: A Lifelong Educator
Providence Schools of Mother Joseph Province

Spring 2009 (pdf)
Providence and its Nursing Legacy
New Staff Member Pam Hedquist
Spotlight: Sr. John Gabriel Ryan
Picturing Providence: The Teacher and the Nurse
The Nurse's Cap and Pin
New Accession: General Hospital, Everett

Winter 2008/2009 (pdf)
New Accession: St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank
What's New In the Archives?
Reader's Corner - Living the Legacy: A History of Sacred Heart School of Nursing
Picturing Providence: Archives Month Poster
"Change": A Poem by Margarita Acosta, SP
Erratum (Sesquicentennial Timeline)

Summer 2008 (pdf)
From the Archivist: Lights! Camera! Action! Alaska Connections
Picturing Providence: The Coadjutrix Sisters of Providence

Spring 2008 (pdf)
The Results Are In...(user survey)
What's New in the Archives?
SP Spotlight - Sr. Ethel Richardson
Picturing Providence - Bill Stephens Photographs
Institutional Anniversaries

Winter 2008 (pdf)
From the Archivist: A Balancing Act in the Archives
New Accessions
A New Face in the Archives
Picturing Providence: Just in Time for Football Season

Winter 2007 (pdf)
From the Archivist: A Reflection on Sesquicentennial Research
A Journey Revisited
2007: A Year of Providence Anniversaries
Picturing Providence: PAV & the Columbus Day Storm of '62

Fall 2006 (pdf)
From the Archivist: Collaborate...Naturally!
Q&A: Leslie Hall, Archivist for Holy Angels Province
The Case of the Sirop de Gomme
On the Lookout for Artifacts
Picturing Providence: A Tale of Two Ships

Spring 2006 (pdf)
Exhibits for the Sesquicentennial
Sister Begins SP History Research
Praxedes of Providence: Foundress, Missionary, Leader
Picturing Providence: May the Month for Mary and Mothers
Sesquicentennial Commemorative Timeline
Verbatim: The Spring Winds (a poem by Sr. Margarita Acosta)

Winter 2005 (pdf)
Yakima Valley Ministry in Retrospect
From the Archivist: Team Archives
Christmas Past: Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Wallace, Idaho
Picturing Providence: Bearers of Gifts
2006: A Year of Providence Anniversaries

Summer 2005 (pdf)
A Calendar to Mark the SP's 150th Year
Medford's "New" Window
Anniversary for Local Archivists
Picturing Providence: Serious Work
From the Archivist: City in Peril, Archives at Risk

Spring 2005 (pdf)
Legacy in Stone
A New Space for Artifacts
Reader's Corner
Picturing Providence: From Panels to Pixels
Archivists Take Lead 2005: A Year of Providence Anniversaries

Fall 2004 (pdf)
A Repository for the Future
Four at the Forefront
Christmas in the Northwest--1856 Style
Regal Dessert
Did You Know...Santa Claus was admitted at St. Peter Hospital
Picturing Providence: O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum

Summer 2004 (pdf)
From the Archivist: Your Story is Our History
Did You Know...The Sisters of Providence published in 1869 a highly regarded pharmacopeia
A Feast for the Eye: The New Mural at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle
Picturing Providence: Sowing Seeds of Faith

Spring 2004 (pdf)
Chapel Windows Find New Home Abroad
Did You Know...Sister Foundresses Were Almost Expelled from an Indian School
Page Turners: New Books on Providence History
2004: A Year of Anniversaries

Fall 2003 (pdf)
From the Archivist: Northern Sojourn
"Providence Provides," Debuts
Did You Know...The Academy in Sprague, Washington, taught an exceptional number of students who became Sisters of Providence

Summer 2003 (pdf)
Photograph Catalog Database Launched
Did You Know...Providence Yakima Medical Center had a record birth of six sets of twins during the first two months of 1935?
Touring History

Spring 2003 (pdf)
Superior General and General Council Pay Visit
Union of Provinces Merges Archival Collections
Volunteer Historian Translates Records of Pioneer Nuns
Repository Renovation Notice
Historical Society Publishes Article on Montana's St. Patrick Hospital
2003: A Year of Providence Anniversaries

Winter 2002
Traditional Habits Sewn
Mother Joseph Year Ends
Did You Know: First group of SPs to arrive
Who's Who in the Archives: J. Norman Dizon, Asst. Archivist

Spring 2002 (no summer and autumn issues)
Report on Centennial Activities
A Patriotic Glimpse...
What's New in the Archives
Centennial Exhibit

Winter 2001 (vol. 9 no. 4)
Mother Joseph Centennial
A Year of Anniversaries
Reflections on Rome Meeting the "Tommys"

Autumn 2001
Beatification Events Collections Highlighted
Online Update
Did You Know: Mother Gamelin's Death

Spring 2001
Meet Our Visual Resources Archivist
News about Mother Gamelin and Mother Joseph
Did You Know: Providence Medford's 90th Anniversary

Winter 2001 (vol. 9 no. 1)
News From the Archivist
Providence Anniversaries in 2001
Did You Know: Mother Joseph and the AIA
Books of Interest

Autumn 2000
Mother Joseph in Hall of Fame
Did You Know: "$5 and Prayers"
School Collections Online
Archives Update

Summer 2000
Providence General Medical Center Exhibit Award
Archdiocese of Seattle Sesquicentennial Exhibit
ElderPlace Anniversary
Being Mother Gamelin

Spring 2000
Providence Anniversaries
New System Office Exhibits
Spokane Archives
Running with the Dogs in Nome

Spring 1999
Washington Heritage Day
Mother Joseph honored
Did you know? Vancouver farm
Mary's month at the Mount

Summer 1999
Jubilee 2000
Special Mission Week issue
Did you know? Mission Week history

Winter 1999
Providence General Historical Exhibit
Sister Rita Bergamini Retires
The Importance of History

Spring 1998
Picture perfect pastels
Did you know? St. Joseph spiritual president

Summer 1998
Providence diversiTEES
Visiting the Rose City
New email address
Providence celebrity match game

Autumn 1998
Together again
Did you know? Providence schools

Winter 1998
Respond immediately: the story of Providence Seattle
Highlights of 1998
Did you know? 80th anniversary of the flu epidemic of 1918

Spring 1997
Let's celebrate!
Thank you
Did you know? History of the provinces

Summer 1997
Did you know? Gold rush 1897
Recent donations
Anniversary update
Exhibit brochure

Autumn 1997
Who uses archives?
Thank you
Klondike connection
Did you know? Mother Joseph cake decorations
Jubilee greetings

Winter 1997
Happy anniversary!
The processing process
In memoriam, Sister Evelyn Bergamini (1910-1997)

Autumn 1996
We're still here!
Open house
Staff happenings
Calling all t-shirts!
Historical notes

Spring-Summer 1995
Spacesaver shelving
Mother Joseph in Canadian architecture
Video focusing on women religious contributions to health care

Winter 1994
Christmas at various institutions from Chronicles
Pork pie recipe
Farewell Margaret Gardner
Welcome Terri Mitchell

Summer 1994
Come and see Sisters of Providence historical exhibit

Winter-Spring 1994
Capture your contribution to the Providence mission on film and send a photographic record of your service to the Sacred Heart Province archives
Handle your photographs carefully!
Think of the five Ws and identify your photographs when you receive prints
1994 anniversaries

December 1993
Sisters' portraits wanted
1858 Customary rules

August 1993
Everything old is new again! Historical exhibit at the system office
Recording Sacred Heart Province’s history

April 1993

Three cheers for Past Forward
Thanks to Richard McFarland
Archives from Providence Hospital, Everett
Welcome back Sister Rita!
History illuminates 150th Anniversary of the community
Saint Ignatius and Holy Angels archivists tours

January 1993
Welcome to Past Forward
What are archives? Why do we keep them?
New assistant archivist, Margaret Gardner
Visit of Sr. Teresa of Avila, DM