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MCCARL GALLERY SEEKS EARLY ARTIFACTS FOR SUMMER EXHIBIT ON PATRIOTISM IN 1700S

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Posted: Friday Feb 3, 2012

February 3, 2012

MCCARL GALLERY AT SVC SEEKS EARLY ARTIFACTS
FOR SUMMER EXHIBIT ON PATRIOTISM IN 1700S

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery is looking for personal artifacts from the late 1700s to the post-Civil War period to incorporate into an exhibit entitled, “Patriotism in Private Life: Antebellum Nationalism in Domestic Textiles and Artifacts” that will be displayed from May 2 to August 31.

“The next exhibit at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery will investigate the varied symbols and meanings of patriotism in the antebellum period through an exploration of woven textiles and domestic artifacts,” explained Lauren Lamendola, curator of the McCarl Collection. “Patriotic sentiment flourished in this era as Americans fought the Mexican-American War, westward expansion took settlers the length of the continent, and new immigrants aimed to assimilate into American life. Moreover, the coinciding deaths of Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – both on July 4, 1826, the nation's fiftieth birthday – and the centennial of George Washington's birthday in 1832 prompted a revival in celebrations of national independence and the heroism of the Founding Fathers. Yet, patriotism had few modern symbols at its center before the Civil War. No official national anthem or uniform flag design, for example, yet existed.
Instead, eagles, trees, and stars proved popular emblems of the Republic and Liberty. By focusing on the incorporation of these themes in the artistry of common domestic goods, this exhibit will emphasize the patriotism that private citizens performed, not at parades and in town squares, but in their own homes.”

“In conjunction with the exhibit, we are looking for personal artifacts dating from the late 1700s until the post civil war to incorporate into this exhibit,” she continued. “We are looking for flags, uniforms, clothing, photographs, letters, paintings or any artifact that deals with a patriotic nature. Objects from Pennsylvania are highly desirable. Objects that would have been used or produced in the home are also desirable.”

Area residents with an item they would like to have considered for the exhibit should contact Curator Lauren M. Lamendola at 724-805-2188 or lauren.lamendola@stvincent.edu.

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