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Current Museum Events

April 21, 2015
Tuesday Talk: A Few More Stories to Tell

SPEAKER: Olive Graffam, Curator of Collections/Research Associate, DAR Museum

TEEN/ADULT: The 2008 DAR Museum exhibition Telling Their Stories: 19th Century Samplers and Silk Embroideries presented 80 examples of schoolgirl art offered in the context of the makers’ lives in place and time. Eight years later, there is more to relate not only about recent acquisitions, but also some discoveries about old favorites. This talk continues the narrative.

Olive Blair Graffam is Curator of Collections / Research Associate at the DAR Museum. Her expertise and interests are in the fields of American decorative arts, nineteenth-century cultural and social history, and in women’s history. She is currently curator in the various disciplines of silver and metals, paintings and prints, schoolgirl art, and folk art at the DAR Museum.


TIME: 12 pm


May 5, 2015
Tuesday Talk: The Many Lives of HMS Augusta

SPEAKER: Tyler Rudd Putman, PhD Candidate in History of American Civilization Program, Department of History, University of Delaware

TEEN/ADULT: The wood paneling and furniture of the DAR Museum’s New Jersey Room are more than fancy replicas. These wooden objects have a deeper history, one that involves a British warship, the 1777 battle for Philadelphia, lost Hessian gold, and a tenacious New Jersey Daughter of the American Revolution. This talk reveals the story of HMS Augusta, a ship that was once the pride of Admiral Howe’s fleet, and how pieces of the Augusta ended up as valued relics in museums across the country. 


TIME: 12pm


May 19, 2015
Tuesday Talk: Just Imported and to be Sold on Reasonable Terms by the Subscriber: Visualizing 18th-Century Textiles through Primary Research

SPEAKER: Angela Burnley, owner of Williamsburg, Virginia, historic textile business Burnley & Trowbridge Company

TEEN/ADULT: In the 21st century, we are surrounded by virtual and printed advertisement speaking to the latest fashion. In the 18th century, it was much the same with local papers carrying short, or in some cases, long and elaborate ads of the latest fashion offerings, many of them textiles. As our modern self reads and understands the names and descriptive of various textiles, so did the18th century consumer. Step back with us into the 18th century as we explore through primary sources the many textile offerings being imported to America, and to be Sold on Reasonable Terms.

Angela Burnley is owner of Burnley & Trowbridge Company, a historic textile business based in Williamsburg, Virginia. She holds a degree in interior design from the University of Cincinnati, and practiced her discipline, as well as taught at the New York Institute of Technology, prior to co-founding Burnley & Trowbridge. Her independent research focuses on the many textile offerings of the 18th century which has led her to various collections here and abroad.

This event is free, but preregistration is encouraged.


TIME: 12 pm


July 13, 2015 to July 17, 2015
Time Travelers - Children's Summer Camp

This hands-on, fun, interactive history camp is for children ages 9 to 12. The camp theme to be announced at registration in December 2014. Visit Registration begins December 2015.

TIME: 8:30am-4:00pm


August 3, 2015 to August 7, 2015
From Fiber to Fabric

CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMP: Card, spin, weave. Cut, pin, sew. Learn about textiles from fiber to fabric. DAR Museum’s educators like to make history hands-on and fun. This camp is for ages 11 to 14. Registration begins December 2014.  Visit Registration begins December 2014.

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: TBD

Current Exhibition

“Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

"Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland Virginia" introduces visitors to a little known history of early American quilts. Curator of Costumes and Textiles Alden O’Brien looks at quilts and their makers from Maryland and Virginia 1790 to 1860. The quilts, made from the finest imported fabrics of the time, reflect the refined taste, style, and wealth of the women artists.