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April 25, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's Old Stone House offers summer cooking, history events


Slippery Rock University's historic Old Stone House has announced a summer schedule that include a series of "Early-American Cooking Classes," Civil War music, a look at "U.S. Soldiers Through the Ages" and a session demonstrating the "Construction of a Bake Oven."

The house, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, will also offer weekend public tours beginning May 3-4 and continuing through Oct. 25-26. Saturday tours are conducted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday tours, noon to 5 p.m.

The schedule includes "Taste of History Cooking Sessions" at:

•10 a.m., May 10 and June 7: Open Hearth Cooking;

•10 a.m., June 21: "Construction of a Bake Oven" (Free to attend);

•10 a.m., July 12 and Aug. 16: Open Hearth Cooking and Bake Oven Combined Class;

•10 a.m., Sept. 13: Open Hearth Cooking;

•10 a.m., Sept. 20: Bake Oven; and

•10 a.m., Oct. 18: Harvest Dinner.

JOLINThe cooking classes include hands-on instruction and demonstration, food sampling and a free recipe book on the featured topic. Each week, the recipes, presented by Chefs Bill McGary and Stan Malecki, will include a bread, main course and dessert. Cost for each course is $35, with pre-registration required at:

Malecki will lead the June 21 "Construction of a Bake Oven" session. The completed oven will be used in future cooking classes at the museum. Clothing for outdoor work is recommended.

4 p.m., June 7: Civil War Era Music with Thomas Jolin, musician and instrument builder, performing songs from the era on the hammered dulcimer, button accordion, harmonica and banjo.

Jolin will perform songs about soldiers' lives, domestic scenes, minstrel traditions and the fight to end slavery, all intended to give the audience insight to the times. He has been performing traditional American songs since 1978. In 2007, he was the Arts for a Lifetime speaker for the Adams County Arts Council and is a founding member of the West Ortanna String Band, a six-man ensemble specializing in old-time string band music from Southern Appalachia.

A rostered artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a past Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker/ Performer, Jolin has served as an artist- in-residence at more than 70 school programs.

Additional information is available at:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 14 and noon to 5 p.m., June 15: "U.S. Soldier Through the Ages" presentation with the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in cooperation with several local veterans groups, showcasing the evolution of the U.S. military uniform from the Revolution through modern day. There will be firearms and equipment from each era displayed.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug 9, and noon to 5 p.m., Aug-10: "French and Indian War Encampment," complete with military drills, battles, demonstrations and encampment by re-enactors.

The Old Stone House is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528, and 173, just south of Slippery Rock.

Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history, is the museum's curator.

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