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July 11, 2017
Museum Lecture: Living the Electric Life

12:00-1:00pm

free, drop-in.

What kitchen today is without an electric appliance? 100 years ago, it was a different story. Consumers were wary of these new devices, since they were expensive, unsafe, and unreliable. Find out how manufacturers, progressives, and home economists persuaded consumers to accept these appliances. Speaker: Patrick Sheary, Curator of Furnishings and Historic Interiors. 

July 29, 2017
Family Event: Choose Your Own Story

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

Free, Drop-in

Use the whole building to create your story! It begins at the museum entrance and from there you are in control. You are the hero; how will you design your adventure?

 

August 8, 2017
DAR Museum Tuesday Talk - Taverns: A Window into Daily Life

12:00-1:00pm

Free, drop-in

Find out more about taverns and their role in daily life with Michele Longo, Curator of Education at Gadsby's Tavern. While Gadsby’s Tavern Museum was originally saved in part because of its connection to famous figures including George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, as a community space it provides a window into daily life of early America and the city it served.  

August 12, 2017
World's Fair

10:00am - 3:00pm

Free, drop-in

“You must see this fair.” – Hamlin Garland, 1893

Experience the excitement, innovation, and wonder of a c.1900 World’s Fair. Do you know what foods debuted at the Columbian Exposition? Or what games children played? Learn about the inventions that thrilled fairgoers and sample the popular foods. Celebrate cultures around the world by exploring the booths of local embassies and cultural centers. Fun for children and adults alike, this event is not one to miss!

The event will include:

  • Tastings of foods debuted at World’s Fairs
  • Craft activities for all ages
  • Live musical performances
  • “National Pavilions” organized by international cultural centers and embassies
  • A museum scavenger hunt
  • 19th century games
  • And more!

 

September 12, 2017
Museum Lecture: Collection Storage Tips

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

Free, Drop-In

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.

September 16, 2017
Family Event: Spinning Yarns

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

Free, Drop-in

Find out what how people made clothes in the early days of America. Brush and spin wool to make yarn, then weave it into cloth. Examine a silkworm cocoon up close and personal. You’ll be glad clothes are easier to get these days

October 10, 2017
Museum Lecture: Men’s Fashion in America, 1780-1830

12:00-1:00

Free, drop-in

Join Mark Hutter, Tailor at Colonial Williamsburg, for a discussion of male fashion in the early days of the United States. Having recently won independence from England, the new American male faced the challenge of defining himself politically, socially, and sartorially. Male fashion, at home and abroad, reflected the remarkable changes of the age of revolution.

October 21, 2017
Family Event: Ghost Stories

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

Free, Drop-in

People from the past liked scary stories too. See what you think of the ghosts and ghouls from George Washington’s time: are they still scary today?

November 4, 2017
Family Event: Let's Play!

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

Free, Drop-in

Try out the toys and games from children in America’s past. Can you roll a hoop? Conquer your opponent in Nine Men’s Morris? Win a round of dice? Find out how kids had fun before tablets and smartphones.