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Current Museum Events

October 28, 2014
Tuesday Talk: "Three Master Quilters of Early Maryland and Virginia"

SPEAKER: Alden O’Brien, Curator of Textiles and Costumes

ADULT/TEENS: It is rare for more than one work of a 19th century quilter to survive, yet the DAR Museum owns examples by three exceptions. Multiple works by Amelia Lauck, Catherine Markey Garnhart, and Achsah Wilkins survive. The DAR Museum is the only museum to have all three artists’ works in its collection. Their masterpieces are on exhibition in “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia” in the Museum’s Main Gallery. Ms. O’Brien curated “Eye on Elegance” and discusses her research behind three quilters in this free lecture made possible by the kindness of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Visit dar.org/museum and eyeonelegance.dar.org.

Time: 12 pm

FREE

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 eyeonelegance.dar.org and dar.org/museum.

Time: 12 pm

FREE

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.