I would never be able to trace my ancestry to a Revolutionary era patriot (for obvious reason, haha!). So that means I will never be able to join the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Nonetheless I have a deep fondness for the Society and and the DAR Museum. An excerpt from the “About DAR” page on their website reads: “The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.” I love that their mission statement has such an heirloomy feel to it.
I am still aspiring to be a good blogger — when I was there last week, I didn’t take any pictures of the buildings like a good blogger would. I hope to go back in a few weeks. When I do go back, I will remember that I am not only going there to learn history, I also need to live up to my responsibilities as a blog keeper. ;)
[Photo credit: http://www.womeninthearts.wordpress.com]
I am always struck by the enormity of the columns and the message on the banners on my way getting to the entrance. The banners say “Preservation, Patriotism, Education” in case the picture does not show sufficient clarity. I thought those sentiments can just as easily transfer into the sentiments among quilters to preserve our quilting heritage, to express a love for our Country through the quilts we make, and to educate the generations to come about the art of quilting.
[Photo credit: http://www.stay.com/washington/museum/11839/dar-museum/%5D
Onto the special event “Quilts from Storage” I attended at the Museum last week…. “Quilts from Storage” was a special program conducted by DAR’s Curator of Textiles and Costumes, Alden O’Brien, showing the attendees quilts that are not displayed to the public. Ms. O’Brien authored the book Historic Quilts of the DAR Museum. So, as you can imagine, she was an absolute wealth of information during the program.
We were allowed to gently touch and caress the historic quilts during the program, with gloves on. It was just an amazing feeling for me to be able to physically connect with the beautiful quilty treasures from 150-200 years ago!! I will show you the pictures of the quilts I touched in this post – and at some point in the future do posts on a few quilts that caught my fancy! Feel free to click on the quilt names to see images of the quilts in full, and read about the information on those quilts.
5. Lone Star
Sorry for the picture overload today — did you know that all the quilts in DAR’s permanent collection can be viewed on Quilt Index’s website? Just a warning: that website is absolutely addictive!
Thanks for popping in! Have a great day!