DAR Museum

DAR Museum DAR Museum looks at the American experience through objects and art of the American home from the Colonial Era to the early 20th century. The Daughters of the American Revolution created DAR Museum in 1890 to further its mission: promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Museum admission is FREE. For visitor or events information, please visit www.dar.org/museum.

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The silhouette by an unknown artist has been identified as Mrs. Sloan of Sloan's Conservatory of Music, in Lansdale, Pen...
09/17/2021

The silhouette by an unknown artist has been identified as Mrs. Sloan of Sloan's Conservatory of Music, in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Research reveals the conservatory was a well-known school of music in suburban Philadelphia. The sitter faces left in a head and shoulders hollow-cut silhouette. A fashionable comb sits high on her upswept hair. The profile is cut to show ribbons or tapes tied at the nape of her neck.

The silhouette by an unknown artist has been identified as Mrs. Sloan of Sloan's Conservatory of Music, in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Research reveals the conservatory was a well-known school of music in suburban Philadelphia. The sitter faces left in a head and shoulders hollow-cut silhouette. A fashionable comb sits high on her upswept hair. The profile is cut to show ribbons or tapes tied at the nape of her neck.

What roles and responsibilities do you have as a museum curator? What is the best part about working in a museum? What a...
09/15/2021

What roles and responsibilities do you have as a museum curator? What is the best part about working in a museum? What are you looking forward to accomplishing this year? These are just some of the questions you can ask us, the DAR Museum staff, for Ask a Curator Day!

Follow along throughout the day as we ask all of the curators your questions! Ask our educators about programming, ask our exhibits team about exhibit development, or ask our collections team about objects and storage!

Have something to contribute? Comment below and we’ll answer them for you!

What roles and responsibilities do you have as a museum curator? What is the best part about working in a museum? What are you looking forward to accomplishing this year? These are just some of the questions you can ask us, the DAR Museum staff, for Ask a Curator Day!

Follow along throughout the day as we ask all of the curators your questions! Ask our educators about programming, ask our exhibits team about exhibit development, or ask our collections team about objects and storage!

Have something to contribute? Comment below and we’ll answer them for you!

Join us TOMORROW at 12PM Eastern for a deeper dive into historic costuming as seen in popular film and television! Curat...
09/13/2021

Join us TOMORROW at 12PM Eastern for a deeper dive into historic costuming as seen in popular film and television!

Curator of Costume and Textiles Alden O'Brien will help us "decode" the designer's goals in these productions, and will also discuss some costumes from the museum's collections!

Use this link to reserve your seat: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9116282563702/WN_y2ApyHaoSUSbciJfhPNDCw

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Join us TOMORROW at 12PM Eastern for a deeper dive into historic costuming as seen in popular film and television!

Curator of Costume and Textiles Alden O'Brien will help us "decode" the designer's goals in these productions, and will also discuss some costumes from the museum's collections!

Use this link to reserve your seat: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9116282563702/WN_y2ApyHaoSUSbciJfhPNDCw

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Carved from a bovine horn, this blowing horn was likely used between 1750-1780 on a plantation in Virginia. It was used ...
09/10/2021

Carved from a bovine horn, this blowing horn was likely used between 1750-1780 on a plantation in Virginia. It was used to signal to the enslaved people on the plantation the beginning or end of a workday, or to call them to a gathering.

Carved from a bovine horn, this blowing horn was likely used between 1750-1780 on a plantation in Virginia. It was used to signal to the enslaved people on the plantation the beginning or end of a workday, or to call them to a gathering.

This mechanical drawing set was used by Cyrus Guardner Myrick. Myrick was born in Vermont in 1817 and moved to Minnesota...
09/08/2021

This mechanical drawing set was used by Cyrus Guardner Myrick. Myrick was born in Vermont in 1817 and moved to Minnesota where he's listed as a mason in the 1850 census and as a surveyor in the 1860 census. The velvet lined leather case contains brass tools that include several compasses, two protractors, a French curve and a right-angle shaped square.

This mechanical drawing set was used by Cyrus Guardner Myrick. Myrick was born in Vermont in 1817 and moved to Minnesota where he's listed as a mason in the 1850 census and as a surveyor in the 1860 census. The velvet lined leather case contains brass tools that include several compasses, two protractors, a French curve and a right-angle shaped square.

The DAR Museum is closed in observance of Labor Day.We are open on Tuesday at 8:30AM. Hope to see you then!
09/06/2021

The DAR Museum is closed in observance of Labor Day.

We are open on Tuesday at 8:30AM. Hope to see you then!

The DAR Museum is closed in observance of Labor Day.

We are open on Tuesday at 8:30AM. Hope to see you then!

09/03/2021

Thank you for joining us for a live conversation with Patrick Sheary about our current exhibit Illuminating Design!

What are you doing this afternoon? Hopefully your answer is exploring the museum's exhibit with us!Join us at 1:00PM Eas...
09/03/2021

What are you doing this afternoon? Hopefully your answer is exploring the museum's exhibit with us!

Join us at 1:00PM Eastern as our monthly Facebook Live with a Curator returns! Today, Patrick Sheary, Curator of Furnishings and Historic Interiors, will discuss the museum's current exhibit, Illuminating Design, which you can now visit in-person or view online!

We hope you can join us this afternoon!

What are you doing this afternoon? Hopefully your answer is exploring the museum's exhibit with us!

Join us at 1:00PM Eastern as our monthly Facebook Live with a Curator returns! Today, Patrick Sheary, Curator of Furnishings and Historic Interiors, will discuss the museum's current exhibit, Illuminating Design, which you can now visit in-person or view online!

We hope you can join us this afternoon!

Today's the day! We are officially reopened to the public! We are excited to see you back in-person! We appreciate your ...
09/01/2021

Today's the day! We are officially reopened to the public!

We are excited to see you back in-person! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we worked to re-open in a safe and welcoming fashion.

For more information on your visit, please visit our website: https://www.dar.org/museum/visit

Hope to see you soon!

Today's the day! We are officially reopened to the public!

We are excited to see you back in-person! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we worked to re-open in a safe and welcoming fashion.

For more information on your visit, please visit our website: https://www.dar.org/museum/visit

Hope to see you soon!

We officially open our doors to the public this week! Before you visit, make sure you have your mask. In compliance with...
08/30/2021

We officially open our doors to the public this week!

Before you visit, make sure you have your mask. In compliance with Washington, DC regulations and for the safety of all visitors and staff, everyone regardless of vaccination status is required to wear masks while inside National Headquarters. Physical distancing will also be in effect.

Please consult the museum's webpage for more information about visiting the museum: https://www.dar.org/museum/visit

We are excited to see you soon!

We officially open our doors to the public this week!

Before you visit, make sure you have your mask. In compliance with Washington, DC regulations and for the safety of all visitors and staff, everyone regardless of vaccination status is required to wear masks while inside National Headquarters. Physical distancing will also be in effect.

Please consult the museum's webpage for more information about visiting the museum: https://www.dar.org/museum/visit

We are excited to see you soon!

When our Study Gallery reopens in September, you can see this recently donated quilt, an album made in New York City for...
08/27/2021

When our Study Gallery reopens in September, you can see this recently donated quilt, an album made in New York City for Elvira Montgomery. According to family history, she was a Sunday School teacher in the Methodist Church in lower Manhattan. Ongoing research into the signers of the album blocks finds several others in neighboring Methodist parishes along with neighbors and possibly professional connections of her husband John, a carpenter. The quilt features an interesting combination of older style multicolored chintz appliqué and incoming trend for simpler solid or small-scale printed calico blocks.

When our Study Gallery reopens in September, you can see this recently donated quilt, an album made in New York City for Elvira Montgomery. According to family history, she was a Sunday School teacher in the Methodist Church in lower Manhattan. Ongoing research into the signers of the album blocks finds several others in neighboring Methodist parishes along with neighbors and possibly professional connections of her husband John, a carpenter. The quilt features an interesting combination of older style multicolored chintz appliqué and incoming trend for simpler solid or small-scale printed calico blocks.

Did you know before the museum interpreted the rooms, our Period Rooms were used for many different purposes. Including ...
08/25/2021

Did you know before the museum interpreted the rooms, our Period Rooms were used for many different purposes. Including a bathroom! A section of what is now the Georgia Period Room was once a bathroom. Here's an image of what it looks like today, and what it would have looked like before! Don't worry, there are plenty of bathrooms throughout the building for visitors and staff!

Interested in learning more about our Period Rooms? Join us for a virtual tour, or take a look at our online exhibit here: https://www.dar.org/museum/dar-museum-period-rooms

This is part of our Before and After series where we will look at the transformation of the museum spaces over time. Keep an eye out next month for the next addition to the series!

Another recent addition to our collection is this signed and dated 1846 painting by Harriet Cany Peale. This painting, t...
08/23/2021

Another recent addition to our collection is this signed and dated 1846 painting by Harriet Cany Peale. This painting, titled Little Red Riding Hood in her 1869 will, is a copy of Rembrandt’s 17th century painting of Girl in a Window. Harriet was born in Philadelphia in 1799. She worked in her parents’ fancy dry goods store until she started studying art in the 1830s. It was at this time that she met Rembrandt Peale, at the encouragement of her friends, in order to get feedback on her paintings. Harriet first exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in 1840 and continued to exhibit there regularly until 1866. Harriet married Rembrandt Peale on November 6, 1840. The two often painted together, including the same subject at the same time. Harriet assisted her husband in the painting of numerous “porthole” portraits of George Washington. It is even possible that she assisted in painting the one in the DAR Museum collection.

Another recent addition to our collection is this signed and dated 1846 painting by Harriet Cany Peale. This painting, titled Little Red Riding Hood in her 1869 will, is a copy of Rembrandt’s 17th century painting of Girl in a Window. Harriet was born in Philadelphia in 1799. She worked in her parents’ fancy dry goods store until she started studying art in the 1830s. It was at this time that she met Rembrandt Peale, at the encouragement of her friends, in order to get feedback on her paintings. Harriet first exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in 1840 and continued to exhibit there regularly until 1866. Harriet married Rembrandt Peale on November 6, 1840. The two often painted together, including the same subject at the same time. Harriet assisted her husband in the painting of numerous “porthole” portraits of George Washington. It is even possible that she assisted in painting the one in the DAR Museum collection.

As museum staff prepare to welcome visitors back to the museum, we want to highlight what you will see when walking thro...
08/20/2021

As museum staff prepare to welcome visitors back to the museum, we want to highlight what you will see when walking through our current exhibit, "Illuminating Design, The Decoration and Technology of Edward F. Caldwell & Co., 1895-1959."

Located in New York City, Caldwell was one of the most important lighting and decorative object manufacturers in the nation. At its height in the 1920s, the firm offered clients thousands of objects from which to choose.

This bronze floor lamp was made around 1915. It is classically decorated with stylized leaves and floral vines. On the base are satyr heads and draped swags. Caldwell offered many finishes, this one being pewter and gold. This impressive lamp stands nearly six feet tall and features its original urn shaped finial.

White cotton is about as cool a look as you can get for the August heat. This dress would have fit a girl about 4 or 5; ...
08/18/2021

White cotton is about as cool a look as you can get for the August heat. This dress would have fit a girl about 4 or 5; its gathered bodice and slightly flared sleeves echo women's fashion of the time which helps us date it to the late 1840s. See more in our Online Database: https://collections.dar.org/mDetail.aspx?rID=76.101&db=objects&list=det&dir=DARCOLL&page=undefined

White cotton is about as cool a look as you can get for the August heat. This dress would have fit a girl about 4 or 5; its gathered bodice and slightly flared sleeves echo women's fashion of the time which helps us date it to the late 1840s. See more in our Online Database: https://collections.dar.org/mDetail.aspx?rID=76.101&db=objects&list=det&dir=DARCOLL&page=undefined

Mildred Matilda Buckner Fox made this dramatic Star of Bethlehem pieced quilt between 1870 and 1890 in Paris, Missouri. ...
08/16/2021

Mildred Matilda Buckner Fox made this dramatic Star of Bethlehem pieced quilt between 1870 and 1890 in Paris, Missouri. She precisely cut diamond shapes from colorful cotton fabrics that make a striking contrast against the black background fabric. Her 5-foot-wide star is composed of 392 diamonds that are outlined with quilting stitches.

Mildred Matilda Buckner Fox made this dramatic Star of Bethlehem pieced quilt between 1870 and 1890 in Paris, Missouri. She precisely cut diamond shapes from colorful cotton fabrics that make a striking contrast against the black background fabric. Her 5-foot-wide star is composed of 392 diamonds that are outlined with quilting stitches.

August is National Peach Month! They are a treat this time of year, and they can be a treat all year round if you preser...
08/13/2021

August is National Peach Month! They are a treat this time of year, and they can be a treat all year round if you preserve them. We find many recipes for preserved peaches, peach jelly or jam, or even peach barbeque sauce. Here is Hannah Bloomfield’s receipt To Preserve Yellow Peaches from around 1780. What is your favorite way to enjoy peaches?

August is National Peach Month! They are a treat this time of year, and they can be a treat all year round if you preserve them. We find many recipes for preserved peaches, peach jelly or jam, or even peach barbeque sauce. Here is Hannah Bloomfield’s receipt To Preserve Yellow Peaches from around 1780. What is your favorite way to enjoy peaches?

Unlike folding paper fans, this fan is called brisé, French for broken, because the separate bladelike pieces are held t...
08/11/2021

Unlike folding paper fans, this fan is called brisé, French for broken, because the separate bladelike pieces are held together with a thread so they overlap when opened. Composed of turkey feathers attached to sandalwood sticks, it’s a large fan that measures 19” across. Although it was made at the end of 19th century, the striped and mottled appearance of the feathers gives the fan a modern animal print appearance.

Unlike folding paper fans, this fan is called brisé, French for broken, because the separate bladelike pieces are held together with a thread so they overlap when opened. Composed of turkey feathers attached to sandalwood sticks, it’s a large fan that measures 19” across. Although it was made at the end of 19th century, the striped and mottled appearance of the feathers gives the fan a modern animal print appearance.

Join Curator of Furnishings and Historic Interiors Patrick Sheary TOMORROW when he will discuss the museum's current exh...
08/09/2021

Join Curator of Furnishings and Historic Interiors Patrick Sheary TOMORROW when he will discuss the museum's current exhibit! His lecture will focus on the firm E. F. Caldwell and Co. and their work throughout Washington, DC, including the DAR National Headquarters. Use the link to reserve your virtual "seat": https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6216255688442/WN_pqvwdqZpSZOwjOiVUDtj5Q

Join Curator of Furnishings and Historic Interiors Patrick Sheary TOMORROW when he will discuss the museum's current exhibit! His lecture will focus on the firm E. F. Caldwell and Co. and their work throughout Washington, DC, including the DAR National Headquarters. Use the link to reserve your virtual "seat": https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6216255688442/WN_pqvwdqZpSZOwjOiVUDtj5Q

Harvesting to***co begins in early August, or even late July, depending on the weather. To***co growing, harvesting and ...
08/06/2021

Harvesting to***co begins in early August, or even late July, depending on the weather. To***co growing, harvesting and processing was very labor-intensive. It took approximately 450 hours of human labor, which is why enslaved labor was used on large to***co farms until slavery was abolished. Enslaved men, women and children toiled for 5-7 weeks cutting individual leaves from each to***co plant in the hottest part of the summer. This to***co knife was made for harvesting leaves. Its angle and long handle meant less stooping, a small benefit during the harvest.

Harvesting to***co begins in early August, or even late July, depending on the weather. To***co growing, harvesting and processing was very labor-intensive. It took approximately 450 hours of human labor, which is why enslaved labor was used on large to***co farms until slavery was abolished. Enslaved men, women and children toiled for 5-7 weeks cutting individual leaves from each to***co plant in the hottest part of the summer. This to***co knife was made for harvesting leaves. Its angle and long handle meant less stooping, a small benefit during the harvest.

In the summer heat, wouldn't you like to just nap beside a stream? This silk-on-silk needlework picture was stitched by ...
08/04/2021

In the summer heat, wouldn't you like to just nap beside a stream? This silk-on-silk needlework picture was stitched by Jane Warwick of Bath County, Virginia, about 1795. It depicts Calliope, Muse of Poetry, approaching Horace, the famed poet. She seems to be telling him to wake up and get writing. But if it's as hot as it probably is where you are, who can blame him for napping in the shade? You can learn more about this piece and its maker in our Online Database: https://collections.dar.org/mDetail.aspx?rID=96.5&db=objects&list=det&dir=DARCOLL&page=undefined

In the summer heat, wouldn't you like to just nap beside a stream? This silk-on-silk needlework picture was stitched by Jane Warwick of Bath County, Virginia, about 1795. It depicts Calliope, Muse of Poetry, approaching Horace, the famed poet. She seems to be telling him to wake up and get writing. But if it's as hot as it probably is where you are, who can blame him for napping in the shade? You can learn more about this piece and its maker in our Online Database: https://collections.dar.org/mDetail.aspx?rID=96.5&db=objects&list=det&dir=DARCOLL&page=undefined

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🎈With Linda McCooey's permission and by her request, please send a birthday card to a wonderful DAR Daughter and a REAL Rosie the Riveter, ANN NALLEY. She will be turning 100 years old on August 29. Her address is Mrs. Ann Nalley, 6 Long Court NE, Fort Walton Beach , FL 32548-6412. ♥ Let's thrill her with thousands of birthday cards. She certainly deserves them 🐦please click on photos to read her story. Please Share this Facebook post. Thank you 🎈
Does anyone know where I can obtain the DAR Museum Brochures for my New Member Packets? Thank you so much.
Red Rock Canyon Chapter hosted a Virtual Happy Hour featuring the DAR Museum and Hannah Bloomfield's Recipe Book! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-lTRcofbWw&t=983s
Hi! Is there a way to watch a recorded video of this past event?
Would someone please email me a copy of the paintings donated to the DAR Museum by the Estate of Margaret Wilmot? I have seen two posted on the Museum Facebook site. Have any others been purchased through her Bequest? I'd like a better quality image than what I have been able to print from Facebook. Thanks! Margaret Wilmot was an Associate Member of our Chapter and her cousin, Claire Pryor, a member of our Chapter was administrator of the estate. Please private message me and I will give you my email address. Thanks!
Diana West, Museum Docent, gave a very interesting virtual presentation to the Emory Road DAR Chapter, Powell, TN.
Thank you for the wonderful games and virtual puzzles!!! It is wonderful to be able to change the number of puzzle pieces, too. Leigh in MT
Anyone have any info on this fabric collection?
A new video from our intrepid education team. Remember, to subscribe to our new YouTube channel - there's some serious stuff on it as well.
I was wondering if you could identify these. At first I thought they were slave collars or manacles of some kind, but they don't have any way to open or tighten. Could they be old logging chains? My 2nd great grandfather sold timber and shipped to Natchez. Thank youl
Thank you to the wonderful Docent who gave my daughter a one on one tour of the museum this morning which she thoroughly enjoyed. She didn't know the name of our ancestor--Hugh Moss from Goochland County, Va. we are also descended from at least 3 others from Virginia and Connecticut. Hope to get to your Museum next year.