Current Museum Events
Family Event: Let’s Play!
Saturday, July 30
12:00-3:00pm, DAR Headquarters
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.
Lecture: “Is it Real?” Authenticating American Antique Furniture
Tuesday, August 9
12:00-1:00pm, DAR Headquarters
Ever wonder how a curator can tell if a piece of American furniture is truly antique or a reproduction? Join Patrick Sheary Curator of Furnishings for this hands-on examination of furniture in the DAR Museum collection. Participants will learn basic information about how to tell the difference between an antique, an honest reproduction, and a fake intended to deceive.
Family Event: Choose Your Own Story
Saturday, August 27
12:00-3:00pm, DAR Headquarters
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?
Lecture: The DAR Museum and the Sampler Archive Project
Tuesday, September 13
The DAR Museum was one of three pilot sites in the Sampler Archive Project (SAP) funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Join us for an overview of the museum’s participation, and a look at some of our favorite samplers and silk embroideries included on the SAP public database.
Lecture: Costume Exhibit Close-Up
Tuesday, November 15
Get an insider’s glimpse into the new exhibit “‘An Agreeable Tyrant’: Fashion After the American Revolution” from Curator of Costume and Textiles Alden O’Brien. The exhibit displays men’s and women’s clothing from 1780 to 1825 in over a dozen period rooms throughout the building. Join us for an in-depth look at the historical themes it explores, up-close details of some of the garments, and a look behind the scenes at how we accessorize and dress the manikins.
Lecture: Coffee, Chocolate, Tea, Spices, and Many Other Items too Tedious to Mention: 18th Century Imports
Tuesday, December 13
This show-n-tell program covers coffee, chocolate, imported and patriotic teas, spices, sugar, salts, peppers, food colorants, isinglass, hartshorn, gum dragon and gum Arabic, leavenings, oils, pickles, sweetmeats, syrups, jellies, rose and orange-flower waters and many, many other items that were part of our nation’s imported foods. A hand-out is supplied.
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.