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On Friday, December 2, more than 100 visitors are expected at the American Independence Museum’s Holiday Celebration, which closes out the 2016 season and serves as a critical fundraiser.

At the celebration (admission is free), visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the Museum’s inaugural Fund-A-Need campaign. Areas of need include collection stewardship as well as educational programming and online exhibits.

“In 2017, we plan to roll out new exhibits and programs designed to inspire civic engagement by all people in our communities,” said Museum Executive Director Julie Williams. “We want to be relevant.”

As with many of its special themed events in 2016, Neighborhood Beer Co. will be present and pouring some of its popular beers in support of the Museum’s mission.

“We love collaborating with the Museum and doing whatever we can to support one of this town’s most historical organizations,” said Neighborhood Beer Co.’s Joe Berwanger. “This celebration is going to be a lot of fun.”

In addition to craft beer, the celebration will feature live holiday music from carolers at the Portsmouth Christian Academy and a silent auction featuring items from Exeter Inn, Laney & Lu Cafe and more.
“I’m very happy to be involved with the celebration,” said Jennifer Desrosiers, owner of Laney & Lu Cafe, a vibrant food community café in downtown Exeter. “In additional to the Independence Museum, Exeter is home to many wonderful shops, galleries, and of course, restaurants. This is a lovely time of year to stroll around our beautiful town.”

Expressing gratitude at the support the Museum received from the local business and corporate sector in 2016, Williams said she looks forward to building upon that in 2017.

“We want to work with as many individuals and businesses as possible to enhance not just what we offer as a museum, but the town of Exeter itself,” she said. “We want to help promote this town as a destination for visitors—this town has a lot of charm.”

Major sponsors of the Museum in 2016 include Hoefle Phoenix Gormley & Roberts, P.A. Attorneys at Law of Portsmouth, Service Credit Union, Two International Group, AutoFair and Ruffner Real Estate.

The Museum’s Holiday Celebration will take place at Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street in Exeter, from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, December 2. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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