The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery
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 400 “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 Tennesse. The bulk of the collection dates from 1820-1860.
Please visit frequently for news on the gallery, programs, photos, and more.
Current Exhibit: Amish, Quaker and Mennonite Weavers
and the Clash Between Pacifism and Nationalism
The exhibit explores the work and principles of weavers who were members of Pennsylvania’s prominent peace churches in the 18th and 19th centuries, Amish, Mennonite and Quakers held beliefs against violence, military service and war. When the American Revolution, and later, the Civil War broke out, these peace principles clashed with accepted ideas of patriotic behavior. As peace church members refused to enter service – or in the case of the Quakers failed to pay a substitute and refused to supply the army – they were labeled as traitors to the American cause and faced both harsh criticism and pushback from mainstream America. Today, peace church members continue their work toward social justice.
The exhibit features 25 coverlets woven by Amish, Mennonite or Quaker weavers. In addition, artifacts from the West Overton Museum will be displayed along with photographs and papers from the Watson Library at Wilmington College and the Quaker and Special Collections at Haverford College.
The show will continue through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.
Summer Gallery hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
6:30 to 8 p.m.Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Additional hours available by appointment