What do an 18th-century embroidered sampler, and a dress made in 2018 using recycled plastic bags, have in common? How have people used textiles for practical and creative purposes throughout history? These questions are among the many explored in "Stitches in Time," a unique exhibit at the Old Stone House April 21, 22 and 28 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. This event is free and open to the public.
The Stitches in Time exhibit is part of SRU's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, and is co-sponsored by the Stone House Center for Public Humanities and SRU Art Department.
Looking for fun activities this summer? We've got you covered!
Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days at the Slippery Rock Community Library - July 13
Charlie Chaplin was a wonderful comedian whose movies and skits continue to entertain us today. Come join the library and SRU as we welcome Dan Kamin, Charlie Chaplin expert and annotator of Fred Goodwin's book Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days.
This event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.
Open Hearth Cooking Class at the Old Stone House - July 15
Prepare and enjoy the foods of the patriots, using their recipes and the hearth of the Old Stone House.
The Stone House historic cooking programs allow visitors to learn more about local history, while also learning the role of food and cooking in our rich past. Visitors enjoy a hands-on, interactive history education while sampling delicious dishes from long ago! Register here.
Kids History Fun Days - July 24-26
Just a few days left to register for our Kids History Fun Days, coming up July 24-26!
Historical games, crafts, and colonial cooking experiences will give kids a hands-on encounter with the past - sign up today! Learn more here.
Love history? You won't want to miss out on the Butler County Historical Workshop this summer.
The fifth annual installment of "Homebrewed History" took place Saturday, March 25th at the Old Stone House. The event focused on the Bavarian law, "Reinheitsgebot" - also known as the German Beer Purity Law of 1516, that regulated prices of beer sales while specifying what ingredients were permissible to use in brewing.
Thank you to Dr. Sean Macmillan, an experienced homebrewer, for discussing the brewing process and origins of the historically-authentic recipes used in the event.
Each Homebrewed event focuses on a different historical culture. Previous themes have included Ancient Greece, Colonial America, and the British Empire.
Another Homebrewed History will take place this fall 2017. Be sure to check back for details!
Love food? You won't want to miss this event!
The fifth installment of the annual "Homebrewed History" series will take place March 25, 2017 from 2-4PM at the Old Stone House.
This year’s event will focus on the "Reinheitsgebot" - also known as the German Beer Purity Law of 1516. The Bavarian law regulated prices for the sale of beers, and specified what ingredients were permitted in beer brewing. Attendees will learn about the historical background of late-medieval German states, the reasons for the law, its evolution over time, and its influence on German beers today.
Participants will watch demonstrations of the brewing process and sample beers made from period-authentic recipes. Light hors d'oeuvres will also be served. Beers will be a Kolsch and... a Triple Dunkel, both brewed by SRU assistant professor of metalsmithing Sean Macmillan. Macmillan, an experienced homebrewer, will discuss the brewing process and the origins of the historically-authentic recipes used for the event.
This spring’s program is the fifth in the center’s “Homebrewed History” series. Each event in the series focuses on a different historical culture – past themes have included Ancient Greece, Colonial America, and the British Empire. "The series has been a great success," said Aaron Cowan, SRU associate professor of history and director of the Stone House Center for Public Humanities. "Each event has drawn history buffs and the homebrewing crowd alike. Food and drink are tangible, engaging ways for people to interact with and learn about the past."
Tickets for the event are $25, and can be purchased by calling 724-738-4964 or visiting:
Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event, but seating is limited and advance purchase is recommended. All ticket holders must be 21 or older.
Art, politics, and food. Learn how Conflict Kitchen is making an impact in our community. Join us on Oct. 27 from 12:30-1:30 for our history series on food.
Want to hold a community event in collaboration with the Center for Public Humanities? Let us know!