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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
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

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

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