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August 3, 2019
World’s Fair


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

Experience the excitement, innovation, and wonder of a c.1900 World’s Fair. Learn about inventions that thrilled fairgoers and play games enjoyed by children and adults alike at these grand events. Celebrate cultures around the world by exploring the booths of local embassies and cultural centers. Fun for the whole family, this FREE 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 participants to cover the costs of the program materials and badge (which is included in the registration price). These are drop-in, self-guided programs; Girl Scouts can earn the badge anytime between 10am-3pm. Register for the Celebrating Community program here and the Product Designer program here. Contact with questions.

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(Admission tickets optional; if you are purchasing a ticket for the Girl Scout badge activities, you do not also need a free admission ticket)



August 13, 2019
DAR Museum Tuesday Talk: Learning from McMansion Hell



What are McMansions? Where did they come from? What can we divine about architecture and culture from McMansions? In this lecture, Kate Wagner, creator of the viral blog McMansion Hell will illuminate why the McMansion is so ubiquitous, and how its existence is innately tied to American culture and policy.

Speaker: Kate Wagner, creator of McMansion Hell

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September 10, 2019
DAR Museum Tuesday Talk

An 18th Century Cooking Challenge: Exploring Hannah Bloomfield’s Cookbook


Free admission

What can Hannah Bloomfield’s handwritten recipe book from 1765 tell us about cooking and eating in the 18th century? We will explore this question while studying her life and recipes using her manuscript cookbook. Manuscript cookbooks are handwritten books containing recipes deliberately selected by the author, and carefully transcribed into a personal book. These books offer another way of understanding past lives and foodways, and also provide insight into the social and economic status of the middle and upper classes in early America.

Speaker: Carrie Blough, Associate Registrar/Assistant Curator

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October 15, 2019
Museum Tuesday Talk— Curating Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence


Free admission

In organizing a major exhibition on the history of women’s suffrage, the curator faced several critical problems, including how to create a more inclusive narrative, and how to find appropriate objects that would tell this history. During this lecture, Dr. Lemay will relate how she addressed these issues, and guide members of the audience through the process of curating a major exhibition at the Smithsonian as part of the #BecauseOfHerStory initiative on American women’s history.

Speaker: Kate Clarke Lemay, Historian and Curator, National Portrait Gallery


November 15, 2019
Culture & Technology in American Quilts: A Symposium


This symposium will explore how women engaged with the world through their quiltmaking, to compliment the DAR Museum’s current exhibit, A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts. With a full day of speakers and a chance to tour the exhibit, this event is not one to miss. 

Ticket sales begin July 31

Registration deadline: Friday, November 1


Lynne Bassett The Romantic Era: Understanding Friendship Quilts

Barbara Brackman - Star Spangl'd: Patriotic Quilts of the 1850s

Hallie Bond - Quiltmaking in the Culture of Home Sewing: Northern New York, 1850–1920

Deborah Kraak & Terry Terrell - Mind-Reading: Improving our Understanding of the Floral Literacy of Quiltmakers in the First Half of the 19th Century

Janneken Smucker - A New Deal for Quilts


A Gallery Chat with Alden O'Brien, Curator of Exhibit "A Piece of Her Mind"