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Our Story

Founded in 1991 with the strength and guidance of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, the Exeter Community and State of New Hampshire, the American Independence Museum celebrates what it took to create the freedoms that Americans continue to enjoy today.

Located in Exeter, New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War Capital, the Museum serves residents, schoolchildren and area visitors by making our past relevant and fun. We want to encourage people to appreciate all who fought for our freedom and continue to fight for it. We believe we can learn from the past and apply it to the future.

Our Mission

To engage, educate and excite people of all ages, to understand and celebrate the American struggle for freedom and self-governance and to preserve and share our buildings, grounds and collection so they will be an inspiration for generations to come.

Our Vision

All people inspired to civic engagement.

Our Values are centered on Inclusiveness, Discovery , Innovation , Accountability and Integrity.


From working in our Gift Shop to assisting us at special events, mailings, gardening and more, there are many ways to volunteer at the Museum. 

Benefits include but are not restricted to:

  • Guest Passes For Up To Five Guests Each Year 
  • Discounts in Museum Store 
  • Reduced Admission at Select Museum Programs
  • Invitations to several volunteer events

Share your love of history by talking to visitors about America’s revolutionary past and the formation of our nation’s government!  Introduce visitors to the museum and take them on guided tours or be available to answer questions as they tour the buildings on their own. Guiding opportunities are available May through November, Thursday through Saturday, in the morning or afternoon. Guides are occasionally needed in the off-season for group tours as well. Tours last about 1 to 1½ hours and involve standing, walking and climbing stairs.

Do you like sharing history and knowledge with children? This is the position for you! Teach focused educational programs and give museum tours to visiting school groups. School programs vary from half day to full day programs and involve standing, walking and climbing stairs.

Are you a “people person”? Consider working in our Museum Shop, greeting visitors!  Sell admission tickets, memberships, and merchandise while introducing visitors to the museum. This job includes operating a cash register and credit card machine.  Between visitors, help keep the shop stocked and tidy.

Help set up and run at a variety of Museum events.  With new events every year, there is always something new to help and do!  This position requires volunteering only on an as-needed basis, depending on the schedule of events.  We especially need help in the set-up and clean-up for events!

Help at our signature event, the Independence Festival.  Volunteering for this event can include prepwork in the weeks before, set up the day of, manning booths during the event, and help breaking down the event at the end of the day.  This positon depends on the schedule and availability on Festival day is required.  Activities for this volunteering range from prepping signs and packets to physical lifting and moving.


The work of the Museum is guided by a governing body of members of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire. These individuals provide a link from the work of the Museum to the Society, which owns the two buildings on campus and much of the collection highlighted through its education programs and community events.


Comprised of five members of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, the Trustees meet twice a year to review the work of the museum and its Board of Governors.

Dr. Hollis Merrick III, Chair
James Benenson III
David Burnham
Stephen B. Jeffries
Paul Marcus

Ozzie Ayscue

Vice President
Paul Staller

Robert A. Casassa

Brian Lortie

Diane Devine
Rebecca Dunham
Julie D. Gilman
Bill Jordan
Kathleen Mahoney
Paul Marcus
Hugh L. Robinson II
Catherine Salterio
Terence Waldron


Working under the guidelines set forth by the Museum’s Strategic Plan and utilizing the Museum’s mission and vision in all aspects, Museum Ambassadors are a non-voting governing body of the institution.

Ambassadors are asked to attend one annual seminar to keep them abreast of Museum functions, support the Museum as members, and spread the Museum’s work and potential to new communities. Museum Ambassadors aid the organization in the following ways:

  • Connecting the organization to new and diverse communities.
  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization in their community and their world of work enhancing the organization’s visibility and reputation.
  • Providing expertise through personal involvement with other Museum committees.
  • Identifying other individuals who can support, in all different ways, the organization.
  • Being involved in specific educational or programming opportunities.
  • Assisting in fundraising for both annual giving and capital projects.
Emma Stratton
Executive Director

Jennifer Carr
Collections Manager & Curator

Sarah Jaworski
Education Manager

Peter Jones
Development Manager

Rob Levey
Marketing & Advancement

Victoria Su
Director of Engagement

Jobs and Internships

The museum is pleased to offer seasonal internships for credit. The museum typically welcomes undergraduate level interns in the summer and graduate level interns in the winter/spring.


1 Governor’s Lane
Exeter, NH 03833
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Museum Hours

May – November
Tues – Sat : 10am – 4pm
Sun & Mon : Closed

Contact Us

(603) 772-2622
[email protected]


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