Oglebay Institute was formed in 1930 when a group of like-minded citizens, armed with the vision and the philanthropy of the Oglebay family, came together to contribute to the joy of living by creating cultural, education and recreational programming in the city's newly acquired Oglebay Park.
The Mansion Museum in Oglebay is currently displaying nearly 40 samplers created during the heyday of schoolgirl samplers in America from 1764-1853. “Behold the labour of my hands” draws from the donated collection of Dr. Betty Jane McWilliams as well as Museum’s own collection. The exhibit demonstrates the educational role that samplers played in the lives of their young makers while showcasing an extraordinary range of patterns and needle skills.
On display through January 8, 2017. Free with Museum admission.
Sponsored by The McWilliams Foundation.
What is a Sampler?
Samplers are pieces of embroidery produced specifically as a demonstration of needlework skills by the maker. Each sampler is a record of the maker’s educational training. Until the mid-nineteenth century, education for girls across social and economic boundaries utilized the sampler as a teaching tool to develop skills for both practical and ornamental purposes. The majority of American samplers were stitched on a loosely woven linen that pulled together when cross-stitched with cotton or silk thread. Completed samplers were often framed and displayed as tangible evidence of a girl’s practical skills and artistic abilities.
By the middle of the nineteenth century developments in education and industry supplanted sampler making in the classroom, relegating it to a pastime engaged in at home. Once treasured as family heirlooms, samplers are now highly prized by collectors, and are an important part of museum collections as representations of early American female education.
September 1 (Thursday) 10:00 am - January 8 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
Holiday pottery painting at the Schrader Center in Oglebay is a fun craft for families and children of all ages. Choose from several holiday shapes and ornaments to paint or glaze.
$5-$20 depending on piece chosen. Pieces must be left overnight to be fired and can be picked up the following day.
Available 10am – 3:30pm Thursday through Saturday and noon – 3:30pm Sunday November 10 – December 23.
More about the Schrader Center:
The Schrader Center offers dozens of seasonal nature programs for all ages. Nature enthusiasts gather here to experience a sense of community around a shared love of nature. Preschoolers through adults enjoy our year-round nature activities. Our hands-on programs expand nature knowledge, promote outdoor discovery and foster lifelong learning.
The Mansion Museum's holiday decorating exhibit, Holidays
The Mansion Museum’s holiday decorating exhibit, Holidays at the Mansion,is on display November 12-January 8.
First started in 1973, this holiday tradition continues today as dozens of talented volunteer decorators lavishly transform the Museum for the holidays. Stroll through 13 period rooms exploring décor ranging from simple elegance to extravagant. Find inspiration to take back to your own home.
Holidays at the Mansion is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday November 12 through January 8. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Admission is $7. Call 304-242-7272 for more information.
Buy local and escape the hustle & bustle of retail holiday shopping by visiting Oglebay Institute’s Holiday Art Show & Sale, open November 17 through December 30 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center and Schrader Center in Oglebay.
This annual shopping experience showcases the talent of dozens of regional artisans and crafters offering one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Shop hundreds of unique items including pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, home décor and gourmet goodies. Different items and artwork fill each location.
Programs and exhibits are made possible by the generous support of our members and sponsors and by financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts and are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or disability.
Oglebay Institute facilities accommodate the mobility impaired.