Museum Calendar

Current Museum Events

February

Wednesday, February 5
Lunchtime Series - Love Is In The Air

Learn about pre-Revolutionary War love poetry. Write your own similar poem. View Victorian Era valentines from the DAR Museum collection. Make a Victorian valentine for your someone special. Contact the museum at (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org if you plan to attend; drop-ins welcomed.

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: O'Bryrne Gallery
Fee: Free

 

Tuesday, February 11
Textile Tuesdays - Bird Prints and Appliques

A monthly series exploring 18th and early 19th century quilts from our collection. Each session features a short slide lecture followed by up-close examination of several quilts. Each month will focus on a different motif, style, region, technique or theme.

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Banquet Hall
Fee: $20 per session or $45 for all three

 

Saturday, February 15
Fun Family Saturday - To My Beloved: Victorian Valentines

Are you in love? What kind of woo do you do? Love poetry was popular in the Colonies in the 1700s. Learn about the different poems and write your own. Valentine cards were first handmade then mass produced in the 19th and 20th centuries. Discover cards from the museum collection. Design and make your own Victorian valentine. Contact the museum at (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org if you plan to attend; drop-ins welcomed.

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: PG Assembly Room
Fee: Free


March

Tuesday, March 11
Textile Tuesdays - Plethora of Pieced Quilts

A monthly series exploring 18th and early 19th century quilts from our collection. Each session features a short slide lecture followed by up-close examination of several quilts. Each month will focus on a different motif, style, region, technique or theme.

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Banquet Hall
Fee: $20 per session or $45 for all three

 

Saturday, March 15
Fun Family Saturday - Soaring: Kites in American History

Spring means skies are filled with colorful shapes on strings bobbing and dipping in the wind. In Washington, DC, the Kite Festival ushers in spring. The DAR Museum celebrates the season and event with an 1876 Pocket Kite from our collection. Come explore this amazing artifact. Learn more about kites in Colonial America. Make your own kite, then head to the National Mall to fly it. Contact the museum at (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org if you plan to attend; drop-ins welcomed.

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: O'Byrne Room, Lower Level
Fee: Free


April

Tuesday, April 8
Textile Tuesdays - Faded Beauties

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A monthly series exploring 18th and early 19th century quilts from our collection. Each session features a short slide lecture followed by up-close examination of several quilts. Each month will focus on a different motif, style, region, technique or theme.

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Banquet Hall
Fee: $20 per session or $45 for all three

 

Saturday, April 19
Fun Family Saturday - Bright Ideas: Lighting from Colonial America to 20th Century

How have Americans lit their homes through the ages? Candles brought a soft glow to homes in Colonial America. As technology progressed, candles gave way to gas lighting then electric lights. Learn about these three types of lights. Interact with lighting artifacts from our collection. Make a candle. Explore the science of electrical currents. Then, check out the lighting technology in our current exhibition Creating the Ideal Home, 1800-1939: Comfort and Convenience in America. Contact the museum at (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org if you plan to attend; drop-ins welcomed.

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: O'Byrne Room, Lower Level
Fee: Free

 

Wednesday, April 30
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Hal Wallace
Home in New Light

Americans adopted a new way of lighting their homes around 1900. Incandescent electric lamps were convenient and flexible but seemed complex and required connecting to electric lines. Over time, consumers and designers began reconsidering the very definition of good lighting. Hal Wallace, Curator of Electricity Collections at the National Museum of American History, draws upon the Smithsonian collections to explore changes and tradeoffs people made in the early 1900s as they shifted from open flames to electric lights in their homes.

Time: 12:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, No reservations necessary

 

Wednesday, April 30
Curator Highlight Exhibition Tour

Curator Highlight Exhibition Tour Following the Lunchtime Lecture, enjoy a tour of selected objects from our current exhibition, Creating the Ideal Home: 1800 to 1939: Comfort and Convenience in America, with Patrick Sheary, Curator of Period Rooms and Furnishings.

Time: 1:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, No reservations necessary

 

May

Saturday, May 17
Fun Family Saturday - Scrub-a-Dub: Cleaning from Colonial America to 20th Century

Cleaning and laundry have never been fun chores. Creating the Ideal Home, 1800-1939: Comfort and Convenience in America, our current exhibition, looks at how technology has impacted American homes. New machines aided with ridding the house of dust and washing clothes, but did they make less work or more? Help us do some cleaning and laundry the old-fashioned way. Learn some tips from early Americans. Make your own broom then put it to the test. Contact the museum at (202) 879-3240 or museum@dar.org if you plan to attend; drop-ins welcomed.

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: O'Byrne Room, Lower Level
Fee: Free

Wednesday, May 21
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Alice Kamps
Keeping Them Down on the Farm: Films from the National Archives on the Department of Agriculture's Efforts to Modernize Rural Households

The Department of Agriculture was involved in numerous efforts to help farm wives manage their household chores. Learn about the agency's efforts through film clips from the motion picture holdings of the National Archives. Beginning with Poor Mrs. Jones, a 1925 silent film telling the tale of a harried farm wife who discover that city life is not what she had imagined, National Archives Curator Alice Kamps will show how the Department of Agriculture went from promoting the joys of fresh eggs to programs and outreach designed to modernize rural households.

Time: 12:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, No reservations necessary

Wednesday, May 21
Curator Highlight Exhibition Tour

Following the Lunchtime Lecture, enjoy a tour of selected objects from our current exhibition, Creating the Ideal Home: 1800 to 1939: Comfort and Convenience in America, with Patrick Sheary, Curator of Period Rooms and Furnishings.

Time: 1:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, No reservations Necessary


Textile Tuesdays

A monthly series exploring 18th and early 19th century quilts from our collection. Each session features a short slide lecture followed by up-close examination of several quilts. Each month will focus on a different motif, style, region, technique or theme.

February 11: Bird Prints and Appliques
March 11: Plethora of Pieced Quilts
April 8: Faded Beauties

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Banquet Hall
Fee: $20 per session or $45 for all three

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Current Exhibition

“Creating the Ideal Home, 1800-1939: Comfort and Convenience in America”
October 4, 2013 - August 30, 2014

This exhibition explores how we got from the fireplace and washing clothes by hand to the many conveniences we take for granted today like automated electric appliances, plumbing and central heating. The comforts and conveniences that define modern life did not come about overnight but evolved during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Daily chores became easier especially for the housewife as American inventors patented all sorts of labor-saving devices from the vacuum to the washing machine. Technology also brought about ready entertainment and instant communication through the radio and telephone. Lighting advanced from the flickering candle to a bright, gas powered flame. Expectations forever changed with the introduction of electricity into homes beginning in the 1880s. Electrically powered devices like the light bulb and toaster defined the modern house by the roaring 1920s. The 1939 World’s Fair in New York City celebrated a “Century of Progress” with the debut of the television, a wonder that mesmerized visitors at the RCA building.

Over sixty objects dating from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries will be on exhibit showing the “latest” devices that no one could live without. In the final analysis, however, did these devices actually save time or did they create more work?


Upcoming Exhibition

“Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”
October 3, 2014 - September 5, 2015

This exhibit will highlight over two dozen examples of all the major quilt design trends typical of this region from the 1790s through 1860. The museum's stellar collection of Maryland and Virginia quilts will be supplemented by some rare and extraordinary loans from private collections. Masterpieces of applique, patchwork, quilting and embroidery will all be shown.


The DAR Museum Gift Shop

The museum gift shop is filled with a unique selection of gifts and books inspired by the museum's collection and exhibits. There is something for everyone, including replica folk toys, quilt and sampler patterns, porcelain wares, tea products, books and jewelry. The shop is open during regular museum hours, and all proceeds from sales benefit the DAR Museum. Stop in and take a look; shipping available! For questions or to place an order call (202) 879–3208. Also shop online at www.dar.org/shopping; click on Museum Shop and on Specialty Items for more.




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