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February 23, 2016
Tuesday Talk: Decoding Old Photos

Old photographs offer us a chance to discover all sorts of things about ourselves and our history, if you know what to look for. Learn how to identify early photographic techniques and how to spot clues the camera captured to help you determine how old a picture is. Discovering the age of a photograph can help with sorting through all the unlabeled family photos we all seem to have and perhaps provide a name to a face. Participants are welcome bring a photo or two with them for discussion. Speaker: Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, Museum Director / Chief Curator, DAR Museum

12:00-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

Optional registration (to ensure your seat)

March 11, 2016
Evidence of Commemoration Symposium

How does memory and collecting shape our understanding of the American Revolution? DAR Museum will explore this topic at our upcoming symposium, Evidence of Commemoration, focusing on the material culture and memory of the American Revolution. This symposium explores in more depth DAR Museum’s 2015-16 exhibit, Remembering the American Revolution 1776-1890, which examines how several generations of 19th century Americans preserved the memory of the American Revolution through war mementos they saved and consumer goods they purchased.  

Speakers:

Seth Bruggeman, Temple University - Looking in the Mirror: Learning to See Memory in the American Past

R. Scott Stephenson, Museum of the American Revolution - The Other Home of Washington: Recreating the General’s Revolutionary War Field Headquarters

Diane Shaw, Lafayette College Special Collections - On Tour with the 'Nation's Guest': Lafayette's Return to America, 1824-25

Don Hagist, Independent researcher and author - The Revolution’s Last Men

Tyler Rudd Putman, University of Delaware - Warship, Wreck, Relic: The Three Lives of HMS Augusta

 

8:00am-4:00pm

$80

Register here

March 19, 2016
Girl Scout Brownie Program: My Family Story

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-family-story-girl-scout-brownie-badge-program-tickets-19845548570

Discover how to learn about your family history! Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, explore how objects help you learn about your family story by examining some special items in the museum's collection. Finally, exercise your creative side by making a memory box and family tree.

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 that 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. 

March 19, 2016
Girl Scout Brownie Program: My Family Story

2:00 – 4:00pm

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

Register here: http://myfamilystory3-19-2pm.eventbrite.com

Discover how to learn about your family history! Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, explore how objects help you learn about your family story by examining some special items in the museum's collection. Finally, exercise your creative side by making a memory box and family tree.

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 that 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.