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May
23
Thu
Family Program May @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Before emails and text messages, there were dots and dashes. Discover the telegraph’s place in Capitol history. Then use sound to share your own coded message. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

Family Program May @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Before emails and text messages, there were dots and dashes. Discover the telegraph’s place in Capitol history. Then use sound to share your own coded message. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

May
25
Sat
Family Program May @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Before emails and text messages, there were dots and dashes. Discover the telegraph’s place in Capitol history. Then use sound to share your own coded message. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

Family Program May @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Before emails and text messages, there were dots and dashes. Discover the telegraph’s place in Capitol history. Then use sound to share your own coded message. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

May
27
Mon
Memorial Day Monday @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

In honor of Memorial Day, learn the history of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and make your own poppy pin. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

Stories in the Old Senate Chamber @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Visit the historic chamber where senators debated legislation from 1810 – 1859. Learn about events that took place here. Meet at the Statue of Freedom. 30 minutes.

Memorial Day Monday @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In honor of Memorial Day, learn the history of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and make your own poppy pin. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

May
30
Thu
Family Program May @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Before emails and text messages, there were dots and dashes. Discover the telegraph’s place in Capitol history. Then use sound to share your own coded message. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

Family Program May @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Before emails and text messages, there were dots and dashes. Discover the telegraph’s place in Capitol history. Then use sound to share your own coded message. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes.

Jun
1
Sat
Historical Tea @ DAR Museum
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

You’ve probably heard of Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, but there were plenty of other women who helped the United States gain independence. Meet a diverse array of historical figures through their work and records, and celebrate the women who made this country possible while you enjoy tea and pastries with your friends. All are welcome!

Included in the ticket price:

  • Finger-sandwiches and pastries
  • A tasting of teas popular in the 18th century
  • Activities related to the theme
  • Special access to objects from the museum collection
Jun
7
Fri
Coffee with a Curator: Cooking Tools @ DAR Museum
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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. Coffee, tea, and pastries provided for all program participants.

This month, join Carrie Blough, Assistant Registrar/Associate Curator, in conversation about 18th century cooking tools from the DAR Museum collection. How were these tools used? What can they tell us about foodways of the period?

Grab a cup and let’s start the conversation.

Jun
11
Tue
Tuesday Talk— “An Amazing Aptness for Learning Trades:” The Role of Enslaved Craftsmen in Charleston Cabinetmaking Shops @ DAR Museum
Jun 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

When historic furniture is put on display, most of the attention goes to the quality of the work and the master craftsman from whose shop the piece came. However, little is said about those involved in creating such a piece.  This talk will examine the role of enslaved craftsmen in Charleston cabinetmaking shops during the late eighteenth century and how wealthy Charlestonians’ desire for fashionable goods fueled the demand for this labor force.

Speaker: William Strollo, Curator of Exhibitions

Jun
13
Thu
The Wound Dresser – Walt Whitman and the Civil War @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Oh Captain, my Captain”–Walt Whitman’s words about President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to echo in our ears and in our pop culture. On Thursday June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, discover the man behind the poetry, as Garrett Peck introduces us to Walt Whitman the poet, the nurse, the brother, the lover, the clerk, the myth, and the man.

Garrett Peck is the author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and earned his M.A. at the George Washington University. He leads local tours, including the Walt Whitman Tour and Alexandria’s Historic Breweries Tours.

The pay-what-you-please program begins on June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

The Wound Dresser – Walt Whitman and the Civil War @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Oh Captain, my Captain”–Walt Whitman’s words about President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to echo in our ears and in our pop culture. On Thursday June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, discover the man behind the poetry, as Garrett Peck introduces us to Walt Whitman the poet, the nurse, the brother, the lover, the clerk, the myth, and the man.

Garrett Peck is the author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and earned his M.A. at the George Washington University. He leads local tours, including the Walt Whitman Tour and Alexandria’s Historic Breweries Tours.

The pay-what-you-please program begins on June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

Jul
9
Tue
Tuesday Talk— Arts and Science in 19th Century Quilts @ DAR Museum
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How do 19th century quilts show their makers’ awareness of contemporary design trends and access to the latest technology of their day? Find out  how American quiltmakers were influenced by the arts and sciences from examples in the DAR Museum’s current exhibit, “A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts.”

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

Aug
3
Sat
World’s Fair at the DAR Museum @ DAR Museum
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

“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 event is not one to miss!

Sep
10
Tue
Tuesday Talk— An 18th Century Cooking Challenge: Exploring Hannah Bloomfield’s Cookbook @ DAR Museum
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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