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Current Museum Events

December 16, 2014
Tuesday Talk: "Stitching Women's Stories: Needlework Traditions and Family Connections"

SPEAKER: Susan Schoelwer, Robert H. Smith Senior Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

ADULT/TEEN: What do a silk embroidered picture from Oregon, a bed rug from Illinois, and a white work quilt from the Hudson Valley have in common? All three are well-published treasures in the DAR Museum collection, long familiar to students and collectors of early American needlework. Susan Schoelwer, author of Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, delves deep into multi-generational family history to reconstruct the “hidden ties” connecting different types of needlework, stretching from 19th century samples and quilts back to Federal-era silk embroideries and colonial crewelwork. Together, needlework and family history lead us to women’s stories that have long gone unnoticed--often hidden in plain sight--waiting to be discovered. Our free programs are made possible by the kindness of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Visit and

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Time: 12 pm


December 20, 2014
Explore the Past: Contain Your Excitement

FAMILY:  You’ve used plastic bags and cardboard boxes, but what did people use before those were invented? People in early America kept their special belongings in all kinds of containers. Try your hand at making a basket or clay pot, and decorate a cloth bag or paper wrappings. Keep them for your own special things, give away as gifts, or use to put  gifts in. Free family programs are made possible by the kindness of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is a free drop-in program. Visit 

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TIME: 1-4pm


January 10, 2015
Curtsies and Courtesies: 19th Century Consideration, Kindness and Respect Daisy Girl Scout Program

DAISY GIRL SCOUTS:  This program explores themes of the “Zinni” petal. Daisies discover  consideration, kindness and caring practices from the early 19th century through games, dance, songs, role playing, and objects from the DAR Museum collections. Register online at

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TIME: 9-11am


January 10, 2015
My Family Story - Brownie Girl Scout Program

BROWNIE GIRL SCOUTS: Explore families with your troop and other Brownies through stories, games, maps, crafts, and the DAR Museum collections. Map your family origins. Learn how stories and objects tell us about families. Play the telephone game. Visit DAR Museum period rooms and galleries. Make a family tree. Decorate a memory box. Space is limited to 20 Brownies. Cost includes badge. Register online at

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TIME: 1-3pm


January 21, 2015
Brew and Do

ADULT: Create your own tote bag with stamped designs. Learn about stamped and roller printing on late 18th and early 19th century fabric. Enjoy regional craft brews and Virginia music. Tour our new exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia.” Must be 21 years of age with ID. Visit for information. Also visit Registration opens soon at

Time 5:30 pm - 8 pm

Cost: $20

February 7, 2015
Explore the Past: President’s Day

FAMILY: Are you feeling presidential? Test out what it’s like to be President of the United States while you explore two of our most famous presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Make a hat like the ones they wore, and use a quill pen to sign documents like they did. Then, look back on the childhoods of these two presidents by finding out the things they learned and games they played before they grew up to be famous. This is a free drop-in program. Visit

TIME: 1-4pm


February 17, 2015
Tuesday Talk: The Many Lives of HMS Augusta

SPEAKER: Tyler Rudd Putnam, 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


February 28, 2015
Fiber and Fabric Dyeing Workshop

TEEN/ADULT: Colors! Colors everywhere! Humans throughout history have loved colorful clothing. Now, discover for yourself the mysteries of how you can make those colors without the use of modern chemical dyes. Participants in this workshop will experiment with three different natural dyes used in early America, and take home three items, one of each fiber type: wool, silk, and cotton. The color possibilities are endless! Recommended for age 16 and above. Please wear clothing you wouldn’t mind a few splashes of dye on.  Instructor: Katie Cannon, DAR Museum Assistant Curator of Education. Visit and Registration begins November 1, 2014, on

Time: 1-4 pm

Cost: $60

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.