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August 14, 2018
DAR Museum Tuesday Talk: Household Cooking Equipment in the Past


The cast iron pot was the workhorse of the 18th century kitchen.   What other types of cast iron tools were there? How were they used? Estate records, diaries, and even a recipe book from the Museum’s collection will answer these questions about 18th and early 19th century cast iron household cooking equipment.

Speaker: Carrie Blough, DAR Museum Associate Registrar/Assistant Curator


September 11, 2018
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.

October 9, 2018
DAR Museum Tuesday Talk: “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books:” Furnishing the 18th century Library


Free, drop-in

Book lovers take note! What would it be like to curl up with a good novel in an 18th century library? Books were luxury items at this time. To properly showcase their expensive books, the Virginia gentry often set aside a specialized space, called the “study” or “closet.” These colonial libraries could be very simple or quite elaborate. This presentation focuses on the study of statesman Francis Lightfoot Lee at Menokin, a Richmond County plantation house built in 1769. Watch this library come alive using probate inventories, diaries, and descriptions of Lee and his contemporaries.

Speaker: Patrick Sheary, Curator of Furnishings

Image: The Reverend Say and His Wife painted in 1752 by Arthur Devis


October 18, 2018
Get a Clue: A Murder Mystery Evening


For one night only, join the DAR Museum for a live action game of Clue!

A murder has been committed at the museum and the killer lurks among us. Can you solve the crime before it's too late? Put your sleuthing skills to the test. Who is responsible? Where did the murder take place? And what weapon did they use?

Included in the ticket price:

  • Two drink tickets
  • Detective packet
  • Special access to collection objects

Age 21+

Tickets $35 (on sale September 1, 2018)


October 27, 2018
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.

Free admission!

"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)


November 13, 2018
DAR Museum Tuesday Talk: From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America


Free, drop-in

Few objects from colonial America had such a personal connection to their owners as the powder horns used by soldiers, settlers, and American Indians to store the gunpowder necessary for their survival. In a world where firearms were necessary tools, the powder horn— made from the lightweight and hollow horn of a cow— served as the constant companion of thousands of frontier residents. While many were quite plain, hundreds, if not thousands, were carved with names, dates, maps, and a variety of purely whimsical figures, offering tantalizing clues about their owners and times in which they lived.

Highlighting examples from the DAR Museum collection as well as those displayed in the recent Fort Pitt Museum exhibition, From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America, this presentation will explore the historical and artistic significance of these fascinating early American artifacts.

Speaker: Mike Burke, Exhibit Specialist, Fort Pitt Museum