Meet the Expert: Oilcloth Stories


Join Carol Dean Henn as she reads tales from her book Oilcloth Stories. When immigrants from Central Europe arrived in America in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they often came to cities like Bethlehem - cities bursting with new the energies and opportunities of industrialization, and with the challenges of assimilating dozens of cultures into what had been pastoral communities only a decade before. It is in the stories of individual lives that this immigrant journey can be glimpsed - in everyday stories, universally human stories - stories told around a table covered in oilcloth.

Carol Henn is a native of Bethlehem, PA. and is an Honors graduate of Moravian College, where she majored in Political Science. She has worked in the both the business and non-profit worlds, and her work has been focused on resource development, communications, and organizational planning and management. She retired in 2012 as CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. In 2015, her first book, Oilcloth Stories, was published and she has done more than 40 book signings and presentations associated with the book. She has several other books and a screenplay in various stages of development. Her writing has appeared in regional and national publications.

The Meet the Expert series takes place on the third Saturday of each month. This unique opportunity to hear thematic talks from experts in their respective fields will include a 45-minute lecture and 15-minute Q&A. Meet the Experts is included in your admission price and is free to all members of the museum.