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August 27, 2016
Family Event: Choose Your Own Story

Saturday, August 27

12:00-3:00pm, DAR Headquarters

Free, Drop-In

 

Use the whole building to create your story! It begins at the museum entrance and from there you are in control. You are the hero; how will you design your adventure?

September 13, 2016
Lecture: The DAR Museum and the Sampler Archive Project

Tuesday, September 13

12:00-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

 

The DAR Museum was one of three pilot sites in the Sampler Archive Project (SAP) funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join us for an overview of the museum’s participation, and a look at some of our favorite samplers and silk embroideries included on the SAP public database.

September 17, 2016
Girl Scouts: My Family Story (Brownie)

10:30am-12pm, DAR Headquarters

Use the DAR Museum collections to explore how family histories are collected and preserved. Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, create your very own memory box and family tree to tell your family story! This program results in earning the "My Family Story" badge, which is included in the registration price. 

Register at Eventbrite: http://myfamilystory_sep17.eventbrite.com

September 24, 2016
Family Event: Keep In Touch

11:00-2:00pm
Free, Drop-In

How do you keep in touch with your friends? Find out what people did before texting and email. Do you prefer writing with a quill pen or a slate? Can you send a message in Morse code?

October 1, 2016
Girl Scouts: My Family Story (Brownie)

10:30am-12pm, DAR Headquarters

Use the DAR Museum collections to explore how family histories are collected and preserved. Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, create your very own memory box and family tree to tell your family story! This program results in earning the "My Family Story" badge, which is included in the registration price. 

Register at Eventbrite: http://myfamilystory_oct1.eventbrite.com

October 7, 2016
Exhibition Opening: "An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion After the Revolution."

Free, Drop-in

Be the first to see our new exhibition, “An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion After the Revolution.” The exhibit displays men’s and women’s clothing from 1780 to 1825 in a dozen period rooms throughout the building. It considers how Americans created a new identity through fashion; on the one hand, Americans sought to be free from Europe, yet still relied heavily on European manufacturing and materials. Come discover how fashion spanned these two ideals to embody the newly independent United States.   

October 11, 2016
Atop It All: Headwear of the 18th Century

12:00-1:00

Free, drop-in

From bonnets to bergères, the 18th Century was one of the greatest periods in the history of headwear.  Join Taylor Shelby of Dames a la Mode on a journey through the visual history of women's hats of the 18th Century and a discussion of who wore what.

October 13, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

October 15, 2016
Family Event: Daring Detective

11:00-2:00pm
Free, Drop-In

A crime has been committed at the museum! We need your expert sleuthing skills to solve it.

October 22, 2016
Girl Scouts: My Family Story (Brownie)

10:30am-12pm, DAR Headquarters

Use the DAR Museum collections to explore how family histories are collected and preserved. Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, create your very own memory box and family tree to tell your family story! This program results in earning the "My Family Story" badge, which is included in the registration price. 

Register at Eventbrite: http://myfamilystory_oct22.eventbrite.com

October 27, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

November 3, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

November 10, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

November 15, 2016
Lecture: Costume Exhibit Close-Up

Tuesday, November 15

12:00-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

 

Get an insider’s glimpse into the new exhibit “‘An Agreeable Tyrant’: Fashion After the American Revolution” from Curator of Costume and Textiles Alden O’Brien. The exhibit displays men’s and women’s clothing from 1780 to 1825 in over a dozen period rooms throughout the building. Join us for an in-depth look at the historical themes it explores, up-close details of some of the garments, and a look behind the scenes at how we accessorize and dress the manikins.

November 17, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

November 19, 2016
Girl Scouts: My Family Story (Brownie)

10:30am-12pm, DAR Headquarters

Use the DAR Museum collections to explore how family histories are collected and preserved. Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, create your very own memory box and family tree to tell your family story! This program results in earning the "My Family Story" badge, which is included in the registration price. 

Register at Eventbrite: http://myfamilystory_nov19.eventbrite.com

November 19, 2016
Family Event: Stamps and Colors

11:00-2:00pm, DAR Headquarters
Free, Drop-In

Make your own designs with stamps! Fabric from early America was printed using roller and block printing. Try out both these techniques, and find out about the plants animals, and minerals they used to make the dyes. If you like color, this is the place to be!

December 1, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

December 8, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

December 13, 2016
Lecture: Coffee, Chocolate, Tea, Spices, and Many Other Items too Tedious to Mention: 18th Century Imports

Tuesday, December 13

12:00-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

 

This show-n-tell program covers coffee, chocolate, imported and patriotic teas, spices, sugar, salts, peppers, food colorants, isinglass, hartshorn, gum dragon and gum Arabic, leavenings, oils, pickles, sweetmeats, syrups, jellies, rose and orange-flower waters and many, many other items that were part of our nation’s imported foods. A hand-out is supplied.

(Photo credit: Ruth Konrad)

December 15, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

December 22, 2016
Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

1:00-2:00
Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Exhibit tours offered Thursdays from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017. Free for drop-in individuals and families. Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.

Current Exhibition

Remembering the American Revolution 1776-1890

This exhibit explores how citizens of the new United States maintained a connection to the Revolution by saving and creating objects. Following the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the ultimate military victory in 1783, people saved items once used in the Revolution or objects revolutionaries owned. As the country grew both in size and population, people looked for other ways to remember. Entrepreneurs and business people offered for sale products with patriotic designs and images attractive to both old and new citizens of the United States. By the end of the 1800s, the memory of the Revolution was embodied in the Colonial Revival Movement and the growth of lineage societies.