Current Museum Events
Quilt Techniques Workshop
TEEN/ADULT: Are you a DIY-er? Want to expand your skills? Want to tackle quilting but never got around to it? Here’s your chance. We’ll make it easy for you. We want you to be like the makers mentioned in our current exhibition Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia. Learn quilt basics like appliqué and reverse appliqué. Workshop fee covers all materials, which you get to take home. Participant must be 16 and older. Instructor: Jan Carlson. Visit eyeonelegance.dar.org. Registration begins January 15, 2015.
Time: 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Explore the Past: Games They Played
FAMILY: Kids have always liked to play! George Washington, Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman, and Abraham Lincoln were all kids once. What games might they have played? Try out some active games, some games of skill, and some that involve strategy. Find out what “quoits” are and see how good you are at hoop rolling. Come discover a new favorite game, and make a toy to take with you! This is a free drop-in program. Visit dar.org/museum.
Tuesday Talk: A Few More Stories to Tell
SPEAKER: Olive Graffam, Curator of Collections/Research Associate, DAR Museum
TEEN/ADULT: The 2008 DAR Museum exhibition Telling Their Stories: 19th Century Samplers and Silk Embroideries presented 80 examples of schoolgirl art offered in the context of the makers’ lives in place and time. Eight years later, there is more to relate not only about recent acquisitions, but also some discoveries about old favorites. This talk continues the narrative.
Olive Blair Graffam is Curator of Collections / Research Associate at the DAR Museum. Her expertise and interests are in the fields of American decorative arts, nineteenth-century cultural and social history, and in women’s history. She is currently curator in the various disciplines of silver and metals, paintings and prints, schoolgirl art, and folk art at the DAR Museum.
TIME: 12 pm
Tuesday Talk: The Many Lives of HMS Augusta
SPEAKER: Tyler Rudd Putman, PhD Candidate in History of American Civilization Program, Department of History, University of Delaware
TEEN/ADULT: The wood paneling and furniture of the DAR Museum’s New Jersey Room are more than fancy replicas. These wooden objects have a deeper history, one that involves a British warship, the 1777 battle for Philadelphia, lost Hessian gold, and a tenacious New Jersey Daughter of the American Revolution. This talk reveals the story of HMS Augusta, a ship that was once the pride of Admiral Howe’s fleet, and how pieces of the Augusta ended up as valued relics in museums across the country.
Tuesday Talk: Just Imported and to be Sold on Reasonable Terms by the Subscriber: Visualizing 18th-Century Textiles through Primary Research
SPEAKER: Angela Burnley, owner of Williamsburg, Virginia, historic textile business Burnley & Trowbridge Company
TEEN/ADULT: In the 21st century, we are surrounded by virtual and printed advertisement speaking to the latest fashion. In the 18th century, it was much the same with local papers carrying short, or in some cases, long and elaborate ads of the latest fashion offerings, many of them textiles. As our modern self reads and understands the names and descriptive of various textiles, so did the18th century consumer. Step back with us into the 18th century as we explore through primary sources the many textile offerings being imported to America, and to be Sold on Reasonable Terms.
Angela Burnley is owner of Burnley & Trowbridge Company, a historic textile business based in Williamsburg, Virginia. She holds a degree in interior design from the University of Cincinnati, and practiced her discipline, as well as taught at the New York Institute of Technology, prior to co-founding Burnley & Trowbridge. Her independent research focuses on the many textile offerings of the 18th century which has led her to various collections here and abroad.
This event is free, but preregistration is encouraged.
TIME: 12 pm
Time Travelers - Children's Summer Camp
This hands-on, fun, interactive history camp is for children ages 9 to 12. The camp theme to be announced at registration in December 2014. Visit dar.org/museum. Registration begins December 2015.
From Fiber to Fabric
CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMP: Card, spin, weave. Cut, pin, sew. Learn about textiles from fiber to fabric. DAR Museum’s educators like to make history hands-on and fun. This camp is for ages 11 to 14. Registration begins December 2014. Visit dar.org/museum. Registration begins December 2014.
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
“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.