History Dinner Theater 2016-2017 Series

Come and join us for our second season of theater and fun with our own historic take on dinner theater. Join us without the worry of traffic jams, expensive parking, or rushing through dinner to make it from the restaurant to the theater on time. Dine on a gourmet dinner of your choosing while you are regaled by the historic tales, music, poetry, and personal accounts of some of the most fascinating historic figures in the United States. The series will run from September 2016 to May 2017 and will allow you to experience the past in a way that is tons of fun for everyone!

March 31, 2017
Clara Barton: Red Cross Angel
All Ages Welcome
The Fred Rogers Center


Help us celebrate not only National Women’s History Month but Red Cross Month with a fun, interactive and inspiring show by an award-winning actress. Clara Barton defied society’s conventions and risked her life in order to help others, thus becoming a true heroine. A passionate and moving public speaker, Clara dramatically relates how she became the first woman to work for the Federal Government, its first female department head, and America’s first woman ambassador. You’ll be swept into her story of the Civil War, dangers of nursing at the Battle of Antietam, and her struggle to get America to sign the Geneva Convention. There are few better role models than Clara Barton, who still inspires us to “Never Give Up!” In 2002, Ms. Jung’s Clara Barton show won top honors for Solo Theatrical Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council. Mary Ann Jung is an award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar. She has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and in newspapers around the world as famous women from history.
Ticket price includes dinner with a salad, two sides, dessert, and a menu choice of one of the following selections:
Maryland Style Crab Cakes – Authentic Maryland crab cakes handmade with lump crabmeat, panko bread crumbs, onion, peppers and mayonnaise, pan-fried and topped with a creamy Choron sauce.
Vegetarian Wellingtons – Fresh grilled vegetables wrapped in flaky puff pastry and baked until golden brown.


June 1, 2017
ALWAYS FREE! A Juneteenth Celebration
All Ages Welcome
The Fred Rogers Center

oniimage1Oni Lasana returns to continue the story of “Lias” Mother, newly freed in the post-Civil War. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the decimation of slavery the United States. On June 19th 1865 the Union troops led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. This theatrical storytelling program tells of ‘Lias’ Mother’s new found freedom. She tells of her journey to the north after the “surrender” aka Emancipation Proclamation. This theatrical and educational treat invites the audience to participate with every ‘Lias’ Oni discovers and brings into her world. Oni directly engages the audience, bringing out the best in her co-actor, be they a youngin’s or an elder. “Lias” Mother offers a personal view of a woman’s life during the 1800s in America. This performance is delivered in a highly inter-active storytelling style, capturing the realities of American History.

Chicken Cordon Bleu- A classic! Tender chicken stuffed with roasted ham and Swiss cheese, baked to perfection and topped with a delicate cream sauce
Roast Pork with Red Pepper Cream Sauce – Roasted pork loin topped with a light cream sauce and fresh red peppers.

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All proceeds benefit the educational programming, collections care, and exhibitions at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery.

Artists and Workshops


Show and Sale                                                                                                 April 26-April 28

Join us of an exhibition of the artwork!  Polly Winkler-Mitchell creates Scherenschnitte, a form of Swiss-German paper cutting used to create elaborate storytelling art. Her unique pieces are created freehand and without the use of patterns. In the past few years, she has been increasingly adding color to her work. Historically, many artists have used color in their traditional designs. “The Pennsylvania-Dutch often used watercolor to decorate cuttings and many Swiss artists have used color cutouts in order to present their ideas more effectively,” she commented. Winkler-Mitchell has enjoyed experimenting with Polish-style cuttings in the past few years. The bright colors and naive design elements are appealing. Her fondness for the intricate German Scherenschnitte and the Polish Wycinanki and its color seems to have guided her scissors in a new direction that combines the best of both techniques. The result is a unique style of folk art that has a depth that is almost sculptural.

Winkler-Mitchell’s husband, Marion Mitchell, will showcase his pieces as well. He creates Shaker-style sewing baskets and boxes along with Norwegian-style “tina” baskets featuring a locking lid.  He uses woods from the Southern Illinois woodlands and strives to use period-appropriate techniques and designs. Both artists’ work will be on display and available for purchase.

Watch Polly Winkler- Mitchell in Action!

Marion Mitchell and His Artwork

Paper Cutting Workshop                                                                               April 28, 1:30-3pm.

Polly Winkler Mitchell will host a Scherenschnitte paper cutting workshop at the Gallery. The fee for this workshop is $15 and reservations are required.

Contact Lauren Churilla, curator, at or 724-805-2188 to register or for additional details.


School Programs


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The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery would like to invite you to attend Woven into History, a history-based program for visiting classes of school children in grades K-6. Saint Vincent College is located in Westmorland County, PA in the Laurel Highlands and is located an hour outside of Pittsburgh.

This program is funded by Museums for America, the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and ongoing activities that build museums’ capacity to serve their communities. At this time your school can attend the program at no cost.

Woven into History uses the Gallery’s Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Collection as a source of original artifacts for young students to learn from. As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on creative processes to explore mid-19th century American life. Through these activities, they will discover the history of the coverlets and other American textiles and how they relate to their lives. It is our hope that students will begin to appreciate the many examples of folk art incorporated into the coverlet designs.

The 386 jacquard-loomed collection is one of the world’s largest of American “figured and fancy” hand woven coverlets. It represents the historic 19th century transition from commercial handloom weaving to mechanized factory production in America.

In school options are available as well as museum visits.To reserve a field trip or request more information, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
We look forward to hearing from you!


Scout Programs


Stitch it Together*
Scouts will participate in sewing activities such as an animal sewing card, embroidery, making quilt patches and discussing what it
was like to be a young colonial girl in America.

Listening to the Past
As the scouts tour the gallery, they will hear stories and play games from long ago.


Yarn and Fabric Arts*
The Girl Scouts will learn about the history of coverlets and experiment with weaving, stitching and dyeing techniques.

Folk Arts
In this program, scouts will have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities including drawing portraits and writing a short story from an old photograph, acting out a fairy tale, myth or legend. The scouts can also learn to make a quill pen and practice penmanship, participate in a stenciled
note card activity and learn about the history of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery.

Making Hobbies
Scouts will use materials such as nature, recycled materials, paint and paper to do various arts and crafts such as gift wrap and prints.

One adult is free for every four scouts.

Programs are $6.00 per scout, except for patches that require additional material. These programs are noted by an asterisks and cost $8.00 per scout.

Programs are subject to an eight scout minimum charge.

A deposit is required at the time of registration.