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June 7, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Old Stone House class promotes ‘Pioneer Cooking’ 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Historic cooking, including using a Dutch oven and an open hearth fire, is on the menu as Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House hosts its “Early-American Cooking Class on Pioneer Cooking” June 25. The session is part of a continuing series.

           The historic Butler County landmark has teamed with Stan Malecki, a tavern chef, for a series of educational cooking demonstrations featuring American history, including information on how pioneers gathered and prepared their food. The sessions run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum.

           In addition to teaching early-American cooking methods, the demonstrations will include information on the role of food and cooking in America’s past. Participants will lend a hand in the preparation – and taste the fruits of their labor.

A recipe book about the featured topic will be distributed.

Other upcoming sessions in the series are:

July 23, “Lewis and Clark Cooking”;

Aug. 27, “Native American Cooking” and

Sept. 10, “Civil War Cooking.”

Tuition is $25 per session, or $10 per session for “historic level” members of the Friends of the Old Stone House. Class size is limited to eight. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 724.738.4964 or by e-mail at:

The Old Stone House, one of Butler County’s most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528, and 173, just south of Slippery Rock. The historic site is owned and managed by SRU.

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


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives. -