National Museum of the American Coverlet
322 S. Juliana St
Bedford, PA 15522


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of museum professionals, coverlet enthusiasts, and architectural experts. They are experienced, “can-do” people with a commonsense, practical attitude, who recognize, respect and credit the work of others and who know that big things can be accomplished without spending huge dollars. They share the vision, agree on how best to achieve it, and are working cohesively to accomplish the goal.

Edward Maeder Edward Maeder (Massachusetts) – Recently retired from his position as Director of Exhibitions and Curator of Textiles at Historic Deerfield, Mr. Maeder has organized over 50 exhibitions and written for numerous publications. He has held curatorial positions at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and he was Founding Director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . Mr. Maeder has served as consultant to many renowned institutions in the U.S. and abroad; and he has taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Southern California , Abegg Stiftung (Bern, Switzerland), and the Costume College in Van Nuys, California . He has lectured on costumes, textiles, conservation and collections in 26 states and 18 foreign countries. Mr. Maeder is an expert in the complete timeline of textile history, and how coverlets fit into the picture.

Gay McGeary (Pennsylvania) has been weaving, collecting, and researching early coverlet patterns and weave structures for over twenty five years. While her weaving is inspired by her research, her research is enhanced by her weaving explorations of the early craftsmen. A retired accountant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she calls herself a "numbers person", intrigued by the complex weave structures used by the Pennsylvania Germans to craft something both useful and beautiful. By collecting and analyzing the physical techniques of early weavers, she uses their examples as inspiration for her own work. She is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (Yellow Breeches Chapter) and exhibits her work at Guild-related shows, as well as local galleries. Gay shares her research as a regular contributor to various weaving periodicals, including the Complex Weavers Journal. She is the chair of the Complex Weavers Early American Study Group and edits that group’s newsletter. She enjoys giving workshops and lecture presentations to interest groups, including the annual Weaving History Conference at Clayton, N.Y. and at various other regional weavers' guilds. Gay is a founding member of the National Coverlet Museum and has been a contributor to the annual coverlet college. She lives with her husband in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in a limestone home filled with looms, coverlets, antiques, and cats.

Mike Pasquerette (Maryland) – Mike has worked in the Information Technology field for over 20 years, the last 15 at Hood College in Frederick MD.  Mike is a weaver and especially enjoys coverlets and overshot weaving patterns of the 19th century.  He and his family reside in a pre-Civil War period home in Sharpsburg MD.  His wife Mary and daughter Emmeline are active in their local rug hookers guild, the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists; and all three Pasquerettes volunteer at guild events.  An accomplished musician, Mike has played for 12 years with the 105th PA Wildcat Regiment Band out of Indiana, PA as well as the Spires Brass Band out of Frederick, MD.

Doug SchmidtC. Douglas Schmidt (Maryland) – President, Cumberland Cultural Foundation, overseeing the C. William Gilchrist Gallery in Cumberland , Maryland (site of the Zongors’ coverlet exhibition in June, 2005). Mr. Schmidt is a past Board member of the Hanover Area Historical Society in York County, Pennsylvania, where he managed its annual antique show, the Society’s primary fundraiser. He served as a Cumberland representative on the Board of Directors of the Bedford Springs [PA] Festival of Arts. He has had a 50-year interest in architecture, historic preservation, and the American decorative arts, having championed the preservation of architecturally significant historic buildings, and is a self-described 40-year-or-more “auction hound.” He is the former owner of the John Abbot house (John Abbot was founder of Abbottstown, PA), a restored residence now functioning as an antique shop.

Sumpter Priddy Ron Walter (Pennsylvania) - Researcher/Collector/Author. Mr. Walter has been researching Bucks County figured and fancy coverlets and their weavers for over 35 years. To date he has recorded almost 300 coverlets woven in Bucks County. For the last 10 years he has broadened his interest and research to cover all types of coverlets woven in United States in the late 18th and the 19th centuries. Over these many years he and his wife Kitty Bell Walter have been collecting antiques and tools used in the home and on the farm. They have held a special interest in textiles and tools related to textile production in the home and weaving shop. Ron has assisted Joel Alderfer in preparing coverlet exhibitions at the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania Museum in 1987 and 1998. For many years Ron and Kitty Bell have been members of the Bucks County Historical Society, the Early American Industries Association and the Colonial Coverlet Guild of America. Recently he has been collecting and researching spinning wheels and hetchels and their makers. His written articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications.

Honorary Board Member Martha Jack

The Late Martha Jack (NY State) was a true pioneer in coverlet stewardship. The National Museum of the American Coverlet has long honored her many years of devoted service to the “cause” of coverlets. Most importantly, she was a cherished friend.

Museum Director/Curator

Melinda Zongor. Mrs. Zongor has a 35-year interest in antiques, including 20 years in the antiques trade, specializing in coverlets. She has been a weaver, both independently and for a custom, high-end weaving house. In 1988 she curated and wrote the catalog for the Hirschl & Adler Folk (NYC, New York) exhibit “Warm and Wonderful: The Jacquard Coverlet.” She is author of the books Coverlets and the Spirit of America: The Shein Collection and Coverlets at the Gilchrist: American Coverlets 1771-1889. Her contributions to the newsletter for the Colonial Coverlet Guild of America, include her article entitled “A National Coverlet Museum: We Need One,” written in October of 2003. On the Board of Directors of the Antiques Council, she Melinda and Laszlo Zongorserved as Director of Education, in charge of their annual publication of educational articles written by Council members.

Her previous experience includes audience development for the then-fledgling Hartman Regional Theatre Company in Stamford, Connecticut. Other associations include NBC (National Broadcasting Company) and the Theatre in America department of WNET (the public television station), both located in Manhattan .

The Zongors have presented coverlet exhibits, lectures, technical consults and general advice for collectors, the antiques trade, the feature film industry, print media, and a variety of groups, large and small. They have helped build several major coverlet collections and have dedicated their lives together to educating about, and raising awareness and appreciation of, coverlets.

Melinda and Laszlo Zongor are members of the Colonial Coverlet Guild of America, and former members of the Antiques Council, the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA), and the Antiques Dealers Association (ADA).

They have made a fulltime commitment to the Museum.