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.
Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House will host a "Spooky Stories" event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on October. 28.
The event will offer interactive story telling by Mary Morgan Smith, an acclaimed storyteller and producer of Pittsburgh's annual Three Rivers Storytelling Festival. In addition, there will be a performance by the Miracle Elixir Side Show, a Victorian-themed entertainment troupe that performs magic and interactive amusements.
SRU theater students will perform a dramatic reading of works by Edgar Allan Poe, and the Jennings Environmental Center will provide an exhibit about bats, exploring the myths and facts about the creatures.
"Storytelling is probably the original form of entertainment, something our early ancestors invented to pass the time," said Aaron Cowan, associate professor of history and curator of the Old Stone House. "This event continues that tradition, and provides lots of fun and engaging activities for the whole family."
The event will also feature free face painting, an apple cider press demonstration, candle dipping and sugar cookie decorating.
Admission is $8 per person, children 4 and under are free.
The Old Stone House, which is owned and operated by SRU, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 258 and 173, just south of Slippery Rock. For more information, call 724.738.4964.
October 14 is the last day of the Impressions in Red: International Fiber Art Exhibition at the Old Stone House. Hope to see you there!
This Sunday, October 1 from 1-4 is our opening reception of Impressions in Red: International Fiber Art Exhibition at the Old Stone House. Hope to see you there!
October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) – a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of:
FOCUSING on the arts at local, state, and national levels;
ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations to participate in the arts;
ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and
RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
We have a TON of exciting events planned this October to celebrate National Arts & Humanities month. Check out what's happening on campus and in our community!
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.
Join us this weekend for holiday fun!
Want to hold a community event in collaboration with the Center for Public Humanities? Let us know!