The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude’s Monastery was one of 22 recipients of Idaho Humanities Council grants awarded at its recent board meeting in Post Falls.
The Idaho Humanities Council is the non-profit, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The museum received $3,982 to conduct an oral history project centering on Monastery foodways. The importance of preserving the incredible history of foodways at the Monastery became evident during the programs complementing the Smithsonian exhibit Key Ingredients: America by Food that was displayed at the museum last summer.
Susan Swetnam, Idaho State University English Professor, will record oral history interviews with many of the nuns in residence. The interviews will be archived at the Museum of St. Gertrude and the Idaho Historical Society Oral History Center. Some of the oral histories also will be transcribed and Swetnam will prepare written summaries of each. Swetnam is the project director.