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Exhibit at college near Latrobe honors environmentalist Rachel Carson

Dawn Law
| Sunday, May 31, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
(from right), Gallery curator, Lauren Churilla, joins exhibit curator, Pamela Curtin and Lonnie and Ruth Prah, of Latrobe, during the opening reception for  'A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson', held at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery in the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, May 29, 2015.
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(from right), Gallery curator, Lauren Churilla, joins exhibit curator, Pamela Curtin and Lonnie and Ruth Prah, of Latrobe, during the opening reception for 'A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson', held at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery in the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, May 29, 2015.
(from left), Nicholas Zurawski, of Connellsville, and Kaley Burkardt, of Latrobe, look at some of the coverlets, during the opening reception for  'A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson', held at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery in the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, May 29, 2015.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
(from left), Nicholas Zurawski, of Connellsville, and Kaley Burkardt, of Latrobe, look at some of the coverlets, during the opening reception for 'A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson', held at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery in the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, May 29, 2015.
A sample of the coverlets and also photography by exhibit curator, Pamela Curtin, at the opening reception for  'A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson', held at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery in the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, May 29, 2015.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
A sample of the coverlets and also photography by exhibit curator, Pamela Curtin, at the opening reception for 'A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson', held at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery in the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Friday evening, May 29, 2015.

“A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson” is on display through Sept. 4 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.

The exhibit consists of the nature photography of Pamela Curtin, the show's curator, examples of Carson's writing and nature-related examples from the 423 coverlets that dated to 1820 kept by the gallery.

Carson, a Pittsburgh native and biologist, writer and environmentalist, wrote “Silent Spring,” a challenge to the chemical pesticide industry.

Carson was one of Curtain's favorite figures in history. “She's a local woman in science,” Curtin said at the exhibit's opening on May 29. “And she's a beautiful writer.”

Curtin, 23, graduated from St. Vincent in 2014 and owns Stardust Photography in Latrobe.

Special events related to the exhibit include a lecture and book signing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 13 with Dr. Robert Musil, president of the Rachel Carson Council. He wrote “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment.”

For details about events related to the exhibit, visit www.mccarlgallery.org , or call Lauren Churilla at 724-805-2188.

Seen at the opening: Steven and Julie Curtin, with daughter Kathrine, Lonnie and Ruth Prah, the Rev. Rene Kollar and Dr. Karen Kehoe.

— Dawn Law

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