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October 1, 2016
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, create your very own memory box and 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: http://myfamilystory_oct1.eventbrite.com

October 7, 2016
Exhibition Opening: "An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion After the Revolution."

Free, Drop-in

Be the first to see our new exhibition, “An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion After the Revolution.” The exhibit displays men’s and women’s clothing from 1780 to 1825 in a dozen period rooms throughout the building. It considers how Americans created a new identity through fashion; on the one hand, Americans sought to be free from Europe, yet still relied heavily on European manufacturing and materials. Come discover how fashion spanned these two ideals to embody the newly independent United States.   

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 11, 2016
Atop It All: Headwear of the 18th Century

12:00-1:00

Free, drop-in

From bonnets to bergères, the 18th Century was one of the greatest periods in the history of headwear.  Join Taylor Shelby of Dames a la Mode on a journey through the visual history of women's hats of the 18th Century and a discussion of who wore what.

October 13, 2016
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.

October 15, 2016
Family Event: Daring Detective

11:00-2:00pm
Free, Drop-In

A crime has been committed at the museum! We need your expert sleuthing skills to solve it.

October 22, 2016
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, create your very own memory box and 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: http://myfamilystory_oct22.eventbrite.com

October 27, 2016
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.

November 3, 2016
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.

November 10, 2016
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.

November 15, 2016
Lecture: Costume Exhibit Close-Up

Tuesday, November 15

12:00-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

 

Get an insider’s glimpse into the new exhibit “‘An Agreeable Tyrant’: Fashion After the American Revolution” from Curator of Costume and Textiles Alden O’Brien. The exhibit displays men’s and women’s clothing from 1780 to 1825 in over a dozen period rooms throughout the building. Join us for an in-depth look at the historical themes it explores, up-close details of some of the garments, and a look behind the scenes at how we accessorize and dress the manikins.

November 17, 2016
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.

November 19, 2016
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, create your very own memory box and 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: http://myfamilystory_nov19.eventbrite.com

November 19, 2016
Family Event: Stamps and Colors

11:00-2:00pm, DAR Headquarters
Free, Drop-In

Make your own designs with stamps! Fabric from early America was printed using roller and block printing. Try out both these techniques, and find out about the plants animals, and minerals they used to make the dyes. If you like color, this is the place to be!

December 1, 2016
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.

December 3, 2016
Historic Tea at the DAR Museum

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Live like Jane Austen and Dolley Madison at this 19th-century dining experience! Enjoy afternoon tea featuring pastries and finger-sandwiches while sampling liberty and imported teas. Join in the debate - should the newly independent nation rely solely on American products? Or should we continue to import foreign goods? The afternoon will include tea tasting, 19th-century etiquette lessons, and an opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the tea sets in our collection.

$35 per person. Tickets available November 1st. Contact museum@dar.org with questions.

December 8, 2016
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.

December 13, 2016
Lecture: Coffee, Chocolate, Tea, Spices, and Many Other Items too Tedious to Mention: 18th Century Imports

Tuesday, December 13

12:00-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

 

This show-n-tell program covers coffee, chocolate, imported and patriotic teas, spices, sugar, salts, peppers, food colorants, isinglass, hartshorn, gum dragon and gum Arabic, leavenings, oils, pickles, sweetmeats, syrups, jellies, rose and orange-flower waters and many, many other items that were part of our nation’s imported foods. A hand-out is supplied.

(Photo credit: Ruth Konrad)

December 15, 2016
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.

December 22, 2016
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.