National Catholic Register, Andrew Fowler:
Upon an initial glance, Barbara Motter’s needlework portrait depicts an idyllic scene of rustic, rolling hills and the valley of Emmitsburg, Maryland, providing a snapshot into early-19th-century life. In center frame is the “White House” of St. Joseph’s School — the first free U.S. Catholic school for female education staffed by religious women — of which Motter attended in the mid-1800s.
On a closer examination, among the flowers and other design elements, is a prominently placed white steepled structure — most likely the Emmitsburg Lutheran Church, which is fitting because Motter was a Lutheran attending a Catholic school. Continue reading here.