Join us for this free bi-monthly collections presentation!
Bring your bag lunch, and munch while learning some fascinating facts about items in the Dumbarton House Collection, or related to the house's history.
To commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and Washington City's role in this historic event, please join us for a special Collections Conversation :
Dolley Madison and the War of 1812
presented by Karen L. Daly, Executive Director, Dumbarton House NSCDA
Wednesday, August 13 at 12:30p.m.
On August 24, 1814, Dolley Madison was forced to flee the White House as British troops advanced upon Washington, D.C. in the War of 1812. Charles Carroll, the owner of Belle Vue, as Dumbarton House was then named, called on her in his carriage. Dolley recalled the events in a letter to her sister Lucy Payne Washington Todd:
"Our kind friend, Mr. Carroll, has come to hasten my departure, and is in a very bad humour with me because I insist on waiting until the large picture of General Washington is secured, and it requires to be unscrewed from the wall. This process was found too tedious for these perilous moments; I have ordered the frame to be broken, and the canvas taken out. It is done! and the precious portrait placed in the hands of two gentlemen from New York, for safekeeping.
And now, dear sister, I must leave this house, or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take. When I shall again write to you, or where I shall be tomorrow, I cannot tell!"
[Dolley Madison Papers, Manuscript Division,The Library of Congress]
Learn more about Dolley Madison's exciting flight from the White House and her stop at Dumbarton House through research by author Anthony Pitch and the collections of Dumbarton House. The talk will feature items on loan for the exhibition "Homefront 1812: Friends, Family & Foe" on view at Dumbarton House throughout Summer 2014.
Held in the museum's Belle Vue Room.
30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q & A, as your time allows.
Reservations are not required -- but we'll be sure to have a seat for you if we know to expect you!
Parking is free but limited (behind the garden at 27th and Q Streets NW).
Following, we encourage you to visit the museum (open Tue-Sun, 11am-3pm);
admission $5; children, youth, and students-with-ID are free.
When & Where
Dumbarton House is a Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800, whose historic structure and collection are preserved to educate the public about life in Washington, DC, during the early years of the Republic. The museum features a significant, extensive collection of Federal-era decorative arts, paintings and furniture, and is the only fully-furnished Federal house museum open to the public in Washington. Dumbarton House serves as the headquarters for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (www.nscda.org), a women’s organization that actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. The life and times of Dumbarton House’s first resident (1804-1813), Joseph Nourse, is the interpretive focus; Nourse served as first Register of the U.S. Treasury under six U.S. presidents and is known as “America’s First Civil Servant.” Dumbarton House is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum hosts a variety of public events and programs. www.DumbartonHouse.org