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Symposium Call for Proposals!

Submit your proposal for Culture & Technology in American Quilts: A Symposium. Deadline for proposals: May 1, 2019. More information here.

March 23, 2019
Women’s History Celebration

10:00-3:00

Celebrate Women's History Month at the DAR Museum! Join us to recognize powerful American women who left their mark on history. Come learn about your favorite heroines and discover some new faces as well. Activities, crafts, games, and more will be available with FREE admission!

A preview performance of 19: The Musical will take place from 12pm-1pm; seating is first come, first served. All other activities are ongoing throughout the day.

Get your free tickets today!

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

Attention Girl Scouts:

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 Playing the Past program here. Contact museum@dar.org with questions.

 

 

 

April 5, 2019
DAR Museum Coffee with a Curator: American Portraits

9:00am-10:00am

Free Admission (early registration opens March 1st); 15 participant maximum.

Would you like to start your morning with some coffee, pastries, and a dash of American history? Then join us the first Friday of every month for our new Coffee with a Curator series! Every month the DAR Museum curators will highlight different objects in our Study Gallery collection, providing insights, pointing out significant details, and answering questions. This unique, informal environment provides the opportunity for in-depth, intimate conversations with curators about objects within their specialty.

In order to facilitate meaningful conversation and close-looking, this program is capped at 15 attendees. Tickets are FREE, but please register in advance to secure your spot! Coffee, tea, and pastries provided for all program participants.

This month, join William Strollo, Curator of Exhibitions, in conversation about American portraitists in the DAR Museum collection, specifically the works of James Eichholtz, Thomas Sully, and James Peale. How were these artists connected? What similarities can we observe in their work?

Grab a cup and let’s start the conversation!

April 9, 2019
Museum Lecture: Candidates and Celebrities in 19th century Quilts

12:00-1:00

Free admission

Nineteenth century quilts often reflect women’s interests in popular culture, literature, and even politics (despite not yet having the vote!).  Find out how these topics show up in American quilts of the 19th and early 20th century based on examples in the current exhibit “A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts.”

Speaker: Alden O’Brien, Curator of Costume and Textiles, DAR Museum

Get your free ticket today!

 

 

April 27, 2019
Girl Scout Program: My Family Story

10:30am – 12:00pm

Use the DAR Museum collections to explore how family histories are collected and preserved. Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, write about your day in a brand-new diary and create a family tree to tell your family story!

This program results in earning the "My Family Story" badge, which is included in the registration price. 

Tickets now available on Eventbrite!

April 27, 2019
Girl Scout Program: Playing the Past

1:00 – 3:00pm

Travel back to 1913 to join the Women's Suffrage Parade! Create your own "Votes for Women" sash and write a speech advocating for a woman's right to vote. Learn about some of the heroines of the movement, including women that participated in the parade right here in DC. What would it be like to be a girl at this time? Why is it important that women have the right to vote?

This program results in the "Playing the Past" badge, which is included in the registration price.

Tickets now available on Eventbrite!

 

May 11, 2019
Girl Scout Program: My Family Story

10:30am – 12:00pm

Use the DAR Museum collections to explore how family histories are collected and preserved. Share stories about your family with other Brownies and play a game to see how stories change over time. Then, write about your day in a brand-new diary and create a family tree to tell your family story!

This program results in earning the "My Family Story" badge, which is included in the registration price. 

Tickets now available on Eventbrite!

May 11, 2019
Girl Scout Program: Playing the Past

1:00 – 3:00pm

Travel back to 1913 to join the Women's Suffrage Parade! Create your own "Votes for Women" sash and write a speech advocating for a woman's right to vote. Learn about some of the heroines of the movement, including women that participated in the parade right here in DC. What would it be like to be a girl at this time? Why is it important that women have the right to vote?

This program results in the "Playing the Past" badge, which is included in the registration price.

Tickets now available on Eventbrite!

 

May 14, 2019
Museum Tuesday Talk: Dressing Tables, Portraits, and Peg Legs

12:00-1:00pm

Free admission

What do men’s wooden legs and women’s dressing tables have in common? Anglo-American residents of early American port cities amassed a variety of fine and decorative arts to assert their polite status. This talk will concentrate on the dressing furniture women used to prepare themselves for public scrutiny, the portraits artists painted of young women in courtship, and the wooden legs that men donned after the American Revolution. Together they reveal how material artifacts were vital for colonists’ transformation of themselves into polite people and for the creation of civil society in early America.

Speaker: Jennifer Van Horn, author of The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America and Assistant Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware

Get your free ticket!

 

August 3, 2019
World’s Fair

10:00-3:00

“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 museum@dar.org with questions.

Get your free tickets today!

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