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Museum Lecture: “Preserving Life by Preserving Food: The Methods and Materials of America’s Food Keeping Traditions”
Tuesday Talk: “Preserving Life by Preserving Food: The Methods and Materials of America’s Food Keeping Traditions”
From ships galleys to royal patisseries, in slave cabins and kitchens of the “big house,” food sustained both human life and historical cultural traditions. In the days before refrigeration, preservation methods were just as important as the way food was grown or cooked. The culinary traditions of storing food for the future played a critical role in shaping the material culture of kitchens and storerooms across America. This presentation traces the developments in food preservation practices that were used to combat the inherent perishability of culinary fare. Taking a closer look at techniques like salting, smoking, pickling, and potting, this talk explores the objects and tools necessary to “put up” provisions and how preserved products influenced the creation of regional and national cuisines.
Speaker: Rachel Asbury, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
10:00am - 3:00pm
“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 these fairs? Or what games children played? Learn about inventions that thrilled fairgoers and taste the snacks made popular by these grand events. 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!
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors have the option to earn a badge by attending this event! $10 fee for participating Scouts to cover the costs of the program materials and badge (which is included in the registration price). Registration links will be provided in the coming months.
Museum Tuesday Talk: Suffragists in Washington DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Right to Vote
The Great Suffrage Parade was the first civil rights march to use the nation's capital as a backdrop. Despite sixty years of relentless campaigning by suffrage organizations, by 1913 only six states allowed women to vote. Then Alice Paul came to Washington, D.C. She planned a grand spectacle on Pennsylvania Avenue on the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration—marking the beginning of a more aggressive strategy on the part of the women's suffrage movement. Groups of women protested and picketed outside the White House, and some were thrown into jail. Newspapers across the nation covered their activities. These tactics finally led to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Author Rebecca Boggs Roberts narrates the heroic struggle of Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party as they worked to earn the vote.
Speaker: Rebecca Boggs Roberts, author of Suffragists in Washington, D.C.
DAR Museum Victorian Halloween Party
You are invited to the DAR Museum’s ghoulish celebration! Costumes are optional but fun is required at this old-fashioned, family-friendly Halloween party. Try out the treats, tricks, and games enjoyed during a Victorian Halloween.
"Are you afraid to meet a ghost?
Of goblin friends dare you make boast?
What is the thing that scares you most?
Come join us Hallowe'en!
We name the hour as ten o'clock.
Admission comes if you but knock.
We hope to entertain— and shock.
Come join us Hallowe'en!"
(from a Halloween party invitation, c. 1900)