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

“Blood Cotton: Legacies of Slavery and Exploitation in the Decorative Textile Industry,”

sponsored by the McCarl Family Foundation.

Thousands of visitors to the McCarl Gallery have appreciated the beauty and craftsmanship of woven coverlets and the machinery that produced them. Rarely, however, do we stop to consider the high cost, paid in human lives, of 19th century cotton and textile production in the American South and the industry’s dependence on the enslavement of Africans. 

Cotton grown in the South fueled the Northern textile mills and the products of those mills were sold within the United States and abroad. Weavers relied on spun cotton thread from these mills and the demand for coverlets and other textiles drove the expansion of Southern slavery.

The exhibit will juxtapose the visual magnificence of woven textiles with the inhumane realities of 19th century cotton manufacture. Most of the coverlets chosen for this exhibit were intentionally selected because they have unknown weavers or origins. We chose “unknowns” to reflect the realities of the lives of thousands of unknown men and women whose lives were sacrificed at the expense of the cotton industry and who often remain invisible within the coverlet industry.

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