Daughters of the American Revolution
Organization of American States
A forerunner to the UN, the OAS was founded in 1890 to promote cooperation among North and South American nations. Its main building at...
Art Museum of the Americas
DC's oldest art museum, the Corcoran Gallery, has had a tough time standing up to the free, federal competition around the block, but...
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Daughters of the American Revolution information
The DAR’s neoclassical behemoth, also known as Constitution Hall, is supposedly the largest complex of buildings in the world owned exclusively by women. They own the entire city block! Enter from D St to reach the museum, where’ll you find a sweet spread of silver teapots, quilts, portrait paintings, crystal decanters and folk art.
If the group’s name sounds familiar, it’s because in 1939 the DAR barred African American contralto Marian Anderson from singing at its hall. Anderson then performed her famous civil rights concert on the Lincoln Memorial’s steps. The DAR eventually changed its policies and mended fences with Anderson.