The public is invited to attend the grand opening celebration of the new Holy Names Sisters Foundation Heritage Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The 15,000-square-foot center, which is located near Marylhurst University, features historical material from 146 years of the Holy Names Sisters in Oregon and the Archive of Oregon Family Histories.

The center, which broke ground in September 2005, cost $5 million to build and is open to the public.

Its mission is to be a resource for the conservation and retelling of significant stories, historical development as well as the social impact of the Holy Names Sisters in the Pacific Northwest communities since their arrival in Portland 146 years ago.

The center will also be home to the Family History Project showcasing how Northwest families have impacted and contributed to the life, culture and society of the Pacific Northwest.

Staffed by professionals and volunteers, the center will host programs for children, adults and seniors. Exhibits, family history research and cultural programs will focus on local history, cultural preservation and traditions.

After the celebration Saturday, the center will host a series of informational sessions on the Family History project and workshops on preserving family archives and artifacts.

The center is located at 17425 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego. Admis-sion to the celebration is free.

For more information, contact Executive Director Tamra Brosseau at 503-607-0595 or e-mail her at [email protected]

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