In their own words: Letters from China

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Dolores Super, OSB will present In Their Own Words: Letters From China 1930-1948 at the Stearns

History Museum at 9 a.m. Wed-nesday, Sept. 29. The program will highlight the experiences of six Sisters who spent 18 years in China establishing a women's section of the Catholic University. During these years, the Sisters endured the Sino-Japanese War; were interned during World War II; and forced to leave China by the onslaught of Communist troops. Through it all, they carried out their educational mission and much more.

The Sisters' sent letters back to Minnesota describing their progress and experiences. The politically unstable region during the late 1930s brought the horrors of war to the Sisters' doorstep. S. Francetta Vetter wrote, "The sirens send creeps through us, especially when [they] sound the short and long which means close danger. During these times we say our prayers fervently, for one never knows when we will pray again, should a bomb be dropped on us." When World War II ended, the uncertainty continued.

S. Ronayne Girgen noted, "The situation is tense and uncertain ... The civil war is still undeclared and still going on. Many missionaries have been driven from their stations and have lost everything but

what they could carry with them."

Program cost is $5 for members, $7.50 for nonmembers. Refreshments served. For more information about the program or Museum, please call (320) 253-8424. The American Association of Museums accredits the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. It is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.