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March 13, 2015
Symposium - Eye Opening: New Research on Maryland and Virginia Quilts - Pre-Event

Symposium

Eye Opening: New Research on Maryland and Virginia Quilts

ADULT:  This symposium brings together regional quilt experts to discuss the latest in research about late 18th and 19th century quilts from Maryland and Virginia. Speakers are Barbara Brackman, quilt historian and author of Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns; Deborah Kraak, Independent Museum Professional; Alden O’Brien, curator, DAR Museum; Ronda McAllen, quilt historian and author of “Jewish Baltimore Album Quilts”; Bunnie Jordan, quilt historian, appraiser and co-author of Quilts of Virginia; Debby Cooney, quilt historian and editor of A Maryland Album; Virginia Vis, quilt historian and conservator. Visit eyeonelegance.dar.org and dar.org/museum.

REGISTRATION BEGINS MID-NOV. 2014, VISIT EYEONELEGANCE.DAR.ORG

Pre-Event

ADULT:  Kick off Eye Opening symposium with a guided tour of Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia by DAR Museum Curator of Textiles and Costume Alden O’Brien. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres. Meet other symposium participants. Pick up your symposium packet early. Visit eyeonelegance.dar.org and dar.org/museum.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eye-opening-new-research-on-early-quilts-of-maryland-and-virginia-tickets-13975151053?utm_campaign=order_confirm&ref=eemailordconf&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventname

Time: 5:30 - 8 pm

Cost: $24.00

March 14, 2015
Symposium - Eye Opening: New Research on Maryland and Virginia Quilts - Morning

Symposium

Eye Opening: New Research on Maryland and Virginia Quilts

ADULT:  This symposium brings together regional quilt experts to discuss the latest in research about late 18th and 19th century quilts from Maryland and Virginia. Speakers are Barbara Brackman, quilt historian and author of Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns; Nancy Davis, curator, National Museum of American History; Alden O’Brien, curator, DAR Museum; Ronda McAllen, quilt historian and author of “Jewish Baltimore Album Quilts”; Bunnie Jordan, quilt historian, appraiser and co-author of Quilts of Virginia; Debby Cooney, quilt historian and editor of A Maryland Album; Virginia Vis, quilt historian and conservator. Visit eyeonelegance.dar.org and dar.org/museum.

Immerse yourself a day in presentations and discussions about the latest in quilt research about late 18th and 19th century quilts from Maryland and Virginia. Speakers are Barbara Brackman, quilt historian and author of Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns; Nancy Davis, curator, National Museum of American History; Alden O’Brien, curator, DAR Museum; Ronda McAllen, quilt historian and author of “Jewish Baltimore Album Quilts”; Bunnie Jordan, quilt historian, appraiser and co-author of Quilts of Virginia; Debby Cooney, quilt historian and editor of A Maryland Album; Virginia Vis, quilt historian and conservator. The day is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Participants may pre-register for a boxed lunch for a fee. Visit eyeonelegance.dar.org and dar.org/museum.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cost: $195.00

March 17, 2015
Tuesday Talk: The Mysteries of Spinning…Unspun

SPEAKER: Katie Cannon, Assistant Curator of Education, DAR Museum

TEEN/ADULT: So you’ve heard the Sleeping Beauty legend, and you’ve taken a shuttle bus. But do you know how a spinning wheel really works? Or that the term “shuttle” comes from a weaving tool? This active demonstration will give you first-hand knowledge of how to go from raw fibers to finished fabric. Then, find out how people made fabric in the early years of our country, and how the nostalgia over “homespun” cloth does not tell the whole story.

Katie Cannon has been spinning and weaving for more than 20 years. She is a professional sheep shearer (and sometimes does camels). Katie has an MA in Museum Studies and is the Assistant Curator of Education at the DAR Museum.

This event is free, but preregistration is encouraged.

REGISTER: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talk-the-mysteries-of-spinning-unspun-tickets-15819183604

TIME: 12 pm

FREE

March 21, 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 eventbrite.com.

(Link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/curtsies-and-courtesies-daisy-girl-scout-program-tickets-13241689249?aff=es2&rank=3 )

TIME: 9-11am

COST: $10

 

March 21, 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 eventbrite.com.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

TIME: 1-3pm

COST: $10

April 11, 2015
Quilt Techniques Workshop

TEEN/ADULT:  Are you a DIY-er? Want to expand your skills? Want to tackle quilting but never got around to it? Here’s your chance. We’ll make it easy for you. We want you to be like the makers mentioned in our current exhibition Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia. Learn quilt basics like appliqué and reverse appliqué. Workshop fee covers all materials, which you get to take home. Participant must be 16 and older. Instructor: Jan Carlson. Visit eyeonelegance.dar.org. Registration begins January 15, 2015.

Time: 12:30 - 4:30 pm

Cost: $50

April 18, 2015
Explore the Past: Games They Played

FAMILY: Kids have always liked to play! George Washington, Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman, and Abraham Lincoln were all kids once. What games might they have played? Try out some active games, some games of skill, and some that involve strategy. Find out what “quoits” are and see how good you are at hoop rolling. Come discover a new favorite game, and make a toy to take with you! This is a free drop-in program. Visit dar.org/museum.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explore-the-past-games-they-played-tickets-15016058435

TIME: 1-4pm

FREE

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.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talk-a-few-more-stories-to-tell-tickets-15819330042

TIME: 12 pm

FREE

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. 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talk-the-many-lives-of-hms-augusta-tickets-14924021149

TIME: 12pm

FREE

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.

REGISTER: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talk-just-importedand-to-be-sold-on-reasonable-terms-by-the-subscriber-visualizing-18th-tickets-15819423321

TIME: 12 pm

FREE

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 dar.org/museum. Registration begins December 2015.

TIME: 8:30am-4:00pm

COST: TBA

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 dar.org/museum. 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.