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!

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

Oni 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.  “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. Check out Oni online!

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

June 10, 2017 “Creative Coloring” Sustainable Dyes and Natural Fibers

Lecture 9:30 a.m. Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a lecture by fiber artist Rebecca Harrison. She will discuss her methods to find and prepare sustainable materials and discuss the impact they have on the environment. She also will show how these natural materials can be incorporated into artwork. Harrison will give an overview of how to create dyes from plants within a person’s own natural spaces using examples from her own work.
Workshop 11:00 $40 Fee and Registration Required
Following the lecture, Harrison will hold a workshop for a limited group of participants. While there is no charge for the lecture, there is a fee for the workshop. Participants will create fabric pieces using embroidery techniques to create an expressive textile piece depicting a map of Westmoreland County. Each participant will be given a 12×12 inch fabric map which they will be able to paint with locally foraged natural dyes. Afterward, participants will learn how to embroider their piece with imagery related to the culture and history of Westmoreland County and Latrobe. Workshop fee is $40 and reservations are required.


June 28, 2017 Exhibit Opening and Summer Open House Featuring the Sounds of Mike Medved and a Textile Maker’s Market 

Join us for a summer open house as we share our newly acquired textile collection from the American Textile History Museum.In addition to the new exhibit, enjoy music from Mike Medved. We also invite you to browse our Textile Maker’s Market featuring handmade textile crafts and local artists.Light refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

This event is free and open to the public


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.