Current Museum Events
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.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=14350393413
Time: 12 pm
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.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explore-the-past-contain-your-excitement-tickets-14357733367
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 )
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
Explore the Past: President’s Day
FAMILY: Are you feeling presidential? Test out what it’s like to be President of the United States while you explore two of our most famous presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Make a hat like the ones they wore, and use a quill pen to sign documents like they did. Then, look back on the childhoods of these two presidents by finding out the things they learned and games they played before they grew up to be famous. This is a free drop-in program. Visit dar.org/museum.
Tuesday Talk: The Many Lives of HMS Augusta
SPEAKER: Tyler Rudd Putnam, 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.
“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.