The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center welcomes the public to “A Personal HerStory: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos,” a presentation by Gloria Ender, on Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30pm. In this presentation, Gloria will share the story of her life, family, cultural experiences, as well as the history of celebrating Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead— an important holiday in her Mexican heritage.
The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated November 2nd, of which, this year The Heritage Museum invites you to celebrate alongside, with Gloria as well as our amazing community! No admission fee is required for this special program, but a suggested donation of $5 will help support the mission of the Heritage Museum. Tickets for the actual celebration of Dia de los Muertos are available on our collaborating partner SMSO’s site, as well as being for sale in person at this presentation.
Ender was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She now lives in Stevensville, with her husband Erik, her daughter Liz, and four rescue dogs. Gloria is a tireless volunteer and donor, and serves as a member of the board for the Berrien Community Foundation, Southwest Michigan Tri-County Manufacturing Coalition, the Lake Michigan College Foundation, Women’s Business Center, Business Alliance Support Group. She has served on the and the board Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, LMC Winner’s Circle Benefit Auction Executive Committee since 2004, and is an on-call volunteer translator for Lakeland Memorial Hospital and Benton Township Police Department. She says, “I want to make our community a great place to work, play and grow.” Her awards include the 2016 Volunteer of the Year from the Senior PGA, the 2006 YWCA Berrien County Tribute to Women, and five awards from the Cornerstone Alliance. Two other awards are both in 2017; the Merlin Hanson Exemplary Business Leader Award in 2017 and the Lake Michigan College Beckwith Distinguished award.
The Heritage Museum is located at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph, Michigan, at the beautiful Priscilla U. Byrns Center. Admission to all exhibits is free; exhibit open hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information, call the Heritage Museum at 269-983-1191 or visit www.theheritagemcc.org.