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April 27, 2017
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.

April 29, 2017
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, write about your day in your personal diary and create a 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-family-story-girl-scout-brownie-badge-program-tickets-28774642731?aff=es2

April 29, 2017
Girl Scouts: Playing the Past (Junior)

12:30pm-2:30pm, DAR Headquarters

Travel back to 1913 to join the Women's Suffrage Parade! Create your own "Votes for Women" sash and write a speech advocating for a woman's right to vote. Learn about some of the heroines of the movement, including women that participated in the march right here in DC. What would it be like to be a girl at this time? Why is it important that women have the right to vote? This program results in the "Playing the Past" badge, which is included in the registration price.

Register at Eventbrite: https://playingthepast_april29.eventbrite.com

May 9, 2017
Museum Lecture: Death by Petticoat and Other History Myths About Women

12:00-1:00

Free, drop-in.

History myths percolate through most American museums, national parks, historic sites, and walking tours. A majority of them pertain to the fairer sex. Where do they come from, and why are they so appealing? Which myths have you heard? Which ones would you most like to banish? Join Mary Theobald, author of the book Death by Petticoat, as she tries to separate myth and half-truth from reality.

May 13, 2017
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, write about your day in your personal diary and create a 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-family-story-girl-scout-brownie-badge-program-tickets-28774699902?aff=es2

May 13, 2017
Family Event: Dairy Delights

11:00 am - 2:00 pm, DAR Headquarters

Free, Drop-In

Use recipes from the 1700s and 1800s to turn milk into delicious treats like ice cream and butter.

May 13, 2017
Girl Scouts: Playing the Past (Junior)

12:30pm-2:30pm, DAR Headquarters

Travel back to 1913 to join the Women's Suffrage Parade! Create your own "Votes for Women" sash and write a speech advocating for a woman's right to vote. Learn about some of the heroines of the movement, including women that participated in the march right here in DC. What would it be like to be a girl at this time? Why is it important that women have the right to vote? This program results in the "Playing the Past" badge, which is included in the registration price.

Register at Eventbrite: https://playingthepast_may13.eventbrite.com

June 3, 2017
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, write about your day in your personal diary and create a 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-family-story-girl-scout-brownie-badge-program-tickets-28774719962?aff=es2

June 3, 2017
Family Event: Keeping Clean

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Free, Drop-In

How did people keep themselves and their houses clean before indoor plumbing? Try out recipes for soaps, tooth powders, stain removers and more.

June 3, 2017
Girl Scouts: Playing the Past (Junior)

12:30pm-2:30pm, DAR Headquarters

Travel back to 1913 to join the Women's Suffrage Parade! Create your own "Votes for Women" sash and write a speech advocating for a woman's right to vote. Learn about some of the heroines of the movement, including women that participated in the march right here in DC. What would it be like to be a girl at this time? Why is it important that women have the right to vote? This program results in the "Playing the Past" badge, which is included in the registration price.

Register at Eventbrite: https://playingthepast_june3.eventbrite.com

June 13, 2017
Museum Lecture: Something Old, Something New: American Wedding Dresses and Traditions

12:00-1:00pm

free, drop-in.

Many of the wedding traditions we think of as “timeless” can be traced only as far back as Victorian times; others seem to have early pagan origins. Some are exclusively Anglo-American or European, while others have equivalents worldwide. Alden O’Brien, Curator of Costume and Textiles, will explore some things old, some things new, and some things foreign and domestic in her talk about American wedding dresses, accessories, and other traditions from colonial to modern times.

July 11, 2017
Museum Lecture: Living the Electric Life

12:00-1:00pm

free, drop-in.

What kitchen today is without an electric appliance? 100 years ago, it was a different story. Consumers were wary of these new devices, since they were expensive, unsafe, and unreliable. Find out how manufacturers, progressives, and home economists persuaded consumers to accept these appliances. Speaker: Patrick Sheary, Curator of Furnishings and Historic Interiors. 

July 29, 2017
Family Event: Choose Your Own Story

11:00am-2:00pm - 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 12, 2017
Museum Lecture: Collection Storage Tips

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, DAR Headquarters

Free, Drop-In

Wondering how to store Grandma’s silver or that family heirloom quilt? Museums face these questions too! Join DAR Museum Collections Manager Anne Ruta and Associate Registrar Carrie Blough to discover safe storage methods and see examples of storage materials, and get some tips you can take home.

September 16, 2017
Family Event: Spinning Yarns

11:00am-2:00pm - DAR Headquarters

Free, Drop-in

Find out what how people made clothes in the early days of America. Brush and spin wool to make yarn, then weave it into cloth. Examine a silkworm cocoon up close and personal. You’ll be glad clothes are easier to get these days

October 10, 2017
Museum Lecture: Men’s Fashion in America, 1780-1830

12:00-1:00

Free, drop-in

Join Mark Hutter, Tailor at Colonial Williamsburg, for a discussion of male fashion in the early days of the United States. Having recently won independence from England, the new American male faced the challenge of defining himself politically, socially, and sartorially. Male fashion, at home and abroad, reflected the remarkable changes of the age of revolution.

October 21, 2017
Family Event: Ghost Stories

11:00am-2:00pm - DAR Headquarters

Free, Drop-in

People from the past liked scary stories too. See what you think of the ghosts and ghouls from George Washington’s time: are they still scary today?

November 4, 2017
Family Event: Let's Play!

11:00am-2:00pm - DAR Headquarters

Free, Drop-in

Try out the toys and games from children in America’s past. Can you roll a hoop? Conquer your opponent in Nine Men’s Morris? Win a round of dice? Find out how kids had fun before tablets and smartphones.