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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

November 15, 2014
My Family Story - Brownie Girl Scout Program

This event is now sold out.

BROWNIE GIRL SCOUTS: Explore families with your troop and other Brownies through stories, games, maps, crafts, and the DAR Museum collections. Map your family origins. Learn how stories and objects tell us about families. Play the telephone game. Visit DAR Museum period rooms and galleries. Make a family tree. Decorate a memory box. Space is limited to 20 Brownies. Cost includes badge. Register online at eventbrite.com.

(Link for eventbrite.com: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-family-story-brownie-badge-program-tickets-13241356253?aff=es2&rank=8)

TIME: 9-11am

COST: $10

November 15, 2014
Curtsies and Courtesies: 19th Century Consideration, Kindness and Respect - Daisy Girl Scout Program

DAISY GIRL SCOUTS:  This program explores themes of the “Zinni” petal. Daisies discover  consideration, kindness and caring practices from the early 19th century through games, dance, songs, role playing, and objects from the DAR Museum collections. Register online at eventbrite.com.

(Link for eventbrite.com: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/curtsies-and-courtesies-daisy-girl-scout-program-tickets-13241488649?aff=es2&rank=4)

TIME: 1-3pm

COST: $10

November 18, 2014
Tuesday Talk: "Living the Electric Life: Developing and Marketing Small Cooking Appliances, 1890-1920"

SPEAKER: Patrick Sheary, Curator of Furnishings and Period Rooms, DAR Museum

TEEN/ADULT: The concept of cooking with electrically heated appliances was developed by the early 1890s, and they were slowly accepted by consumers. In order to create a market, early inventors and manufacturers had to identify primary users and convince them that electric appliances could be safe, reliable and cost effective. By the 1910s, manufacturers built a reliable electric grid and safety mechanisms that made cooking appliances practical. Housewives’ acceptance of appliances also coincided with social changes in architectural design, dining, and food preparation. This free program is made possible by the generosity of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

TIME: 12pm

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

December 20, 2014
Explore the Past: Contain Your Excitement

FAMILY:  You’ve used plastic bags and cardboard boxes, but what did people use before those were invented? People in early America kept their special belongings in all kinds of containers. Try your hand at making a basket or clay pot, and decorate a cloth bag or paper wrappings. Keep them for your own special things, give away as gifts, or use to put  gifts in. Free family programs are made possible by the kindness of members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is a free drop-in program. Visit dar.org/museum. 

TIME: 1-4pm

FREE

January 10, 2015
Curtsies and Courtesies: 19th Century Consideration, Kindness and Respect Daisy Girl Scout Program

DAISY GIRL SCOUTS:  This program explores themes of the “Zinni” petal. Daisies discover  consideration, kindness and caring practices from the early 19th century through games, dance, songs, role playing, and objects from the DAR Museum collections. Register online at eventbrite.com.

(Link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/curtsies-and-courtesies-daisy-girl-scout-program-tickets-13241639099?aff=es2&rank=5 )

TIME: 9-11am

COST:$10

January 10, 2015
My Family Story - Brownie Girl Scout Program

BROWNIE GIRL SCOUTS: Explore families with your troop and other Brownies through stories, games, maps, crafts, and the DAR Museum collections. Map your family origins. Learn how stories and objects tell us about families. Play the telephone game. Visit DAR Museum period rooms and galleries. Make a family tree. Decorate a memory box. Space is limited to 20 Brownies. Cost includes badge. Register online at eventbrite.com.

(Link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-family-story-brownie-badge-program-tickets-13241564877?aff=es2&rank=6 )

TIME: 1-3pm

COST:$10

January 21, 2015
Brew and Do

ADULT: Create your own tote bag with stamped designs. Learn about stamped and roller printing on late 18th and early 19th century fabric. Enjoy regional craft brews and Virginia music. Tour our new exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia.” Must be 21 years of age with ID. Visit dar.org/museum for information. Also visit eyeonelegance.dar.org. Registration opens soon at eventbrite.com.

Time 5:30 pm - 8 pm

Cost: $20

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.