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January 28, 2017
Family Event: Shine a Light on the Past!

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

In these dark days of winter we need more light! How did people light their houses before electricity? Come make a candle and a candle holder, and find out for yourself how much light they provide. You will never look at a light switch the same way again.

February 11, 2017
Family Event: Old-Fashioned Valentines

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

Make a Victorian valentine to give to your sweetheart!

February 11, 2017
Workshop: Pretty Little Bags: Exploring 19th century Inked Bags

Sign up for one of the two sessions: 9:30am-12:00pm or 2:00pm-4:30pm.

$45 per person

In the collection of the DAR are a group of unique little bags made of lightweight cotton and decorated with lovely little inked designs.  Some have the addition of prose and perhaps the name of the owner or giver.  These little bags were something a young girl who was honing her sewing skills could make.  Easy to assemble, fun to decorate and far less tedious then their embroidered counterparts they might have been given as friendship tokens in the early 19th century.  Join Angela Burnley as we explore and make our own little bags based on the ones in the collection. Bring your fabric scissors and paper scissors, pins, needles and white and cream cotton thread.  The remainder of the materials will be provided. 

About the presenter: Angela Burnley is the owner of Burnley and Trowbridge Company, a historic business specializing in textiles and related items of the 17th, 18th and early 19th century.  She is the founder and sponsor of the "Historic Fashion Workshop Series", a series of hands-on workshops teaching the "making techniques" of the Mantua Maker, Milliner and Tailor, now in its 15th year.   She is also an independent researcher concentrating in historic textile and costume and has presented at museums and professional symposium throughout the United States including the DAR Museum and Colonial Williamsburg.  

February 14, 2017
Museum Lecture: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Cosmetics of Early America

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

You've heard the horror of lead and arsenic as beauty aids from the past. But what else did people use? Was it all bad? Discover both the deadly and the harmless ingredients involved, and what was acceptable in 18th and 19th century America. Samples included! (…Of the safe stuff, don’t worry.)

February 25, 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-28774584557?aff=es2

February 25, 2017
Girl Scouts: Playing the Past (Junior)

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

Travel back to 1913 to join the Women's Suffrage March! 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_feb25.eventbrite.com

March 4, 2017
Family Event: Science!

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

Scientists and discoverers of the past used special tools to learn about the world around them. Take a look through a real 18th century microscope and see if you can navigate the seas using an octant.

March 14, 2017
Museum Lecture: Collection Storage Tips

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

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.

March 18, 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-28774620665?aff=es2

March 24, 2017
An Agreeable Evening

5:00-7:30pm

Join us for a 19th-century happy hour at the DAR Museum! The evening will include live folk music by local muscians, tastings of various hard ciders, light hors d’oeuvres, and tours of our special exhibit "An Agreeable Tyrant": Fashion After the Revolution. Come explore the DAR Museum after-hours and discover what it means to have an 'agreeable evening.'

Staff from Distillery Lane Ciderworks, a family-owned cidery in Jefferson, Maryland, will provide tastings of their popular hard ciders. Tickets include samples of two hard ciders but additional tastings will be available for purchase. For more information on Distillery Lane Ciderworks, see their website.

 

$25; register here

This late night event may be paired with our event "An Agreeable Symposium" on Saturday, March 25th. Register for the symposium here

March 25, 2017
An Agreeable Symposium

9:00am-5:00pm

Join the DAR Museum for this all-day symposium! Based on the current exhibit "An Agreeable Tyrant": Fashion After the Revolution, these engaging speakers will explore the following topics:

  • Who Wore What When and Where? - Alden O'Brien, Curator of Costumes and Textiles, DAR Museum
  • Race-Based Fashion in the New Nation:  Re-centering African Influences within American Culture - Katie Knowles, PhD
  • A Tale of Two Suits: George Washington and the Quest for Aesthetic Independence, 1783-1815 - Linzy Brekke-Aloise, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Gender Studies, Stonehill College
  • Imports, Homespun, and Industry:  Apparel Textiles of Federal-Era America - Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles, National Museum of American History
  • Republican Raiment and Federal Foppery: Men’s Fashion in America, 1780-1830 - Mark Hutter, Tailor, Colonial Williamsburg
  • Paste and Pearls:  Jewelry of the Federal Era – Taylor Shelby, Dames a la Mode

$125; register here. Registration deadline: March 11, 2017

Arriving in D.C. early or planning to visit the exhibition before the symposium? Join us for the reception on Friday, March 24th. An Agreeable Evening will include live folk music by local muscians, tastings of various hard ciders, and tours of our special exhibit '"An Agreeable Tyrant': Fashion After the Revolution." Purchase tickets here

April 1, 2017
Family Event: Colonial Career Day

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

What job would you want in the 1700s? Try out different careers from the colonial days. Would you be a good carpenter? Or a weaver? Or an apothecary? Come learn some new skills and figure out how you would make money if you lived in the time of George Washington.

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 March! 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 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

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 March! 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

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 March! 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