Welcome to the McCarl Gallery, part of the Saint Vincent campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Gallery, featuring the McCarl Coverlet Collection, is located on the lower floor of the Fred Rogers Center.

The McCarl Coverlet collection is comprised of over 724 “figured and fancy” jacquard woven bed weavings. Most of the coverlets in the McCarl collection originated in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Maryland. The McCarl Gallery also houses several coverlets from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Tennessee. The bulk of the coverlet collection dates from 1820-1860. Additionally, the McCarl Gallery houses a collection of over 100 pieces of textile and weaving equipment including looms, spinning wheels, a jacquard attachment, and much, much more!

Please visit frequently for news on the gallery, programs, photos, and more.

  • HOURS:

  • Saturdays and Sundays: By appointment depending on staff availability

  • Closed Monday

  • Tuesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday Evening 6:30 to 8 p.m

 

Amish exhibit

Current Exhibit: Selections from the Newly Acquired ATHM Collection 

Sometimes, regardless of a community’s best efforts, museums sadly have to close. In November of 2015, The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) of Lowell, Massachusetts became one of these casualties after facing a significant and ongoing financial deficit. After months of investigation, no viable or sustainable business model to keep the museum open emerged and the decision was made to permanently close down the institution and find new homes for the collections. When a museum closes, one of the main priorities the staff has is to make sure that the objects entrusted to the care of the museum continue to be preserved and used for the public good.

In 2016, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery began the process of acquiring several notable collections from the ATHM collection. After many hours of discussion and planning, the McCarl Gallery was approved to become the new owners of over 300 coverlets, including 113 figured and fancy coverlets from the collection of Catherine Hawthorne. Hawthorne was instrumental in the documentation of coverlets for the Anderson/Hawthorne Textile Database and Research Collection (A/H Database & RC) and is part of the McCarl Gallery’s permanent research collection. In addition to the coverlets, the McCarl Gallery received over 100 artifacts related to weaving and textile production. Several notable additions include a Jacquard loom head, …

 Read More…