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Current Museum Events

December 5, 2015
Family Program: Shine a Light on the Past!

1 pm--4 pm

Free, Pre-registration encouraged due to limited supplies

O’Byrne Room

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Winter arrives soon, and we need more light during its dark days. How did people light their houses before electricity? Come make a candle and a candle holder, and find out for how much light a candle provides. You will never look at a light switch the same way again.

December 15, 2015
Tuesday Talk: Pocketing the Details: Women’s Detached Pockets in the DAR Museum Collection

Teen and Adult Program: Tuesday Talk

Speaker:  Carrie Blough, Associate Registrar/Assistant Curator, DAR Museum

12 pm--1 pm

Free, Pre-registration encouraged due to limited seating

PG Assembly

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In the 18th century and part of the 19th century, women wore detached pockets tied around their waists.  Like modern purses these pockets held a variety of goods integral to daily life.  The pockets often were decorated elaborately with embroidery or piecing.  By examining the styles and techniques of the pockets in the collection of the DAR Museum, and other descriptions and examples, we can learn about the daily activities and lifestyles of women in the past.

Speaker Bio: Carrie Blough started working as the Associate Registrar/Assistant Curator at the DAR Museum in September 2014.  Before that she was curator at Historical Society of Frederick County in Maryland and at Somerset Historical Center in Pennsylvania.  Carrie is from Pennsylvania, where she worked at several other museums.  She attended Saint Francis University as an undergraduate and American University for graduate school in history and public history.  Carrie’s interests are in eighteenth century material culture and history, and her two cats.  

January 9, 2016
Girl Scout Brownie Program: My Family Story

1 pm--3 pm

$10 per child (Fee includes badge and program supplies)

O’Byrne Room

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Discover how objects help you learn about your family story. Tour the DAR Museum’s Period Rooms. Interact with objects from the Museum’s collection. Make a memory box and family tree. Share stories about your family with other Brownies. Play the “Telephone Game” and see how family stories change over time.

Please adhere to Girl Scout recommendations regarding chaperones. An adult chaperone must be present with children at all times.

Siblings welcome, but a gentle reminder the program is for Brownie participants. If a parent wants a younger sibling to participate in art activities, we ask that you register the sibling.

Note: Non-Girl Scouts may register for this program, but they are unable to receive the Girl Scout badge. We adhere to guidelines set forth as a Girl Scout partnering institution. 

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.