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 Opening January 18, 2018

Washed and Hung: Laundry and Textiles in America

One of the most hated jobs in the Victorian household was the laundry. Women who could
afford to have someone else take on the task did. Laundry work took an enormous amount of
energy and physical labor.

In the 1830s, women typically heated their water on an open cooking hearth or the stove. The use of cooking facilities for laundry water meant that kitchen spaces were often unusable for food production on wash day. For middle and working class women, the washday was typically a
once a week task.

This exhibit explores how the arduous task of laundry was done prior to the 21st century. The exhibit features the coverlets of the McCarl Collection, a common household
textile of the 19th century as well as laundry artifacts from the Kerr Memorial Museum in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

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OUR LOCATION

Contact Curator Lauren M. Churilla at 724-805-2188 or
 lauren.churilla@stvincent.edu for additional information