The Daughters of the American Revolution have been an integral part of American history, and history keeping, since 1890. Today this women’s service organization is dedicated to historical preservation, education, patriotism, and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War, a list of values that can also be seen at the DAR Museum in D.C. This museum is a ‘place for the collection of historical relics . .portraits, pictures, etc…’ from pre-industrial America. This museum aims to preserve, collect, and exhibit various artifacts from this time period and displays them for further education on the culture and social history of America during those times.
Within the museum, you and your group will find over 30,000 objects, from decorative arts exhibits to costumes, quilts, and needlework. Check out the Museum Gallery, the main museum room that features something new each season, currently featuring ‘Remembering the American Revolution 1776 to 1890. This exhibit shows what citizens saved, made, and bought during that time. Soon you will be able to see the anticipated exhibit ‘An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion after the Revolution’, featuring fashion choices acceptable after America broke free both socially and economically from Europe. You may also visit the Yochim Gallery, otherwise known as the study gallery, or any of the 31 different Period Rooms, each featuring a story of American domestic interior life from the 1690’s to 1935.
Seeing all these historical furnishings, cultural and regional differences, and impact of industrial America, in general, is a very important learning experience your group can have, not to mention how unique and genuinely entertaining it is!