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American Independence Museum to Host Virtual Holiday Tea

American Independence Museum to Host Virtual Holiday Tea

On Saturday, December 12, 11am to 12:30pm, the American Independence Museum will host Virtual Holiday Tea, which will feature colonial music and provide participants with insight into colonial tea etiquette and 18th century foodways.

“Participants will then break off into their own ‘room’ where they can enjoy socializing with friends and family,” said Emma Stratton, museum executive director. “The event will be fun, because participants will also get their own colonial Zoom background, so it will be quite festive.”

As part of the virtual event, each participant will receive several colonial recipes suited for a tea and a 1-ounce package of tea from Alchemy & Herbs in Exeter. Children will receive a half-ounce of tea with their ticket.

Tea selections include Bohea (a black tea blend) similar to tea colonists drank and Liberty Tea (an herbal, no-caffeine blend), which used native herbal blends that allowed patriots to drink tea without purchasing English Tea. Tea pick up can be arranged at the museum at 1 Governors Ln., Exeter, or shipped for $3.  

Ticket prices range from $3 to $10 with children under 6 free. Reservations are required.

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum is currently developing a variety of public and education programs in digital formats to encourage digital inclusion for all ages.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

American Independence Museum to host Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery

American Independence Museum to host Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery

On Saturday, October 24, the American Independence Museum will host “Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery.”

A family-friendly event with tours that take place every 30 minutes beginning from 3:00 p.m. through 5:30 p.m., Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery will take place at Exeter’s historic Winter Street Cemetery. 

“The guide will discuss the graves of many of Exeter’s famous and infamous revolutionary residents,” said the museum’s Victoria Su. “This is non-scary fun, especially during the 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. time slots, which were designed with our youngest visitors in mind.”

Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery will take place on Saturday, October 24 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Winter Street Cemetery with  tours every 30 minutes. The 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. tours are designed especially for families with elementary school aged children. Cemetery tours will last approximately 45 minutes with guests encouraged to bring flashlights for the later two tours.

The cost is $10 for non-members and $7 for non-member children, ages 6-18. Members are $7 and members’ children, ages 6-18, are $4. All children under the age of 6 are free.

Ticket prices include the cemetery tour and a return pass to visit the museum. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum is currently developing a variety of public and education programs in digital formats to encourage digital inclusion for all ages.

American Independence Museum to host Concerts on the Lawn Series

American Independence Museum to host Concerts on the Lawn Series

Beginning Saturday, October 3 with The Fiddling Thomsons, the American Independence Museum will host Concerts on the Lawn at Folsom Tavern.

A socially distanced series that will feature local musicians who are also stewards of musical culture, history, and traditional folkways, Concerts on the Lawn is part of the museum’s ongoing ‘re-imagined’ American Independence Festival.

“We are excited to host this series and bring people back to our grounds while still following all COVID-19 protocols,” said Emma Stratton, museum executive director. 

At the first event, guests will enjoy Ryan Thomson, a multi-instrumentalist performer who plays the fiddle, accordion, banjo, Celtic flute, piano and pennywhistle. 

“His family’s musical heritage stretches back to the pioneer days,” said the museum’s Victoria Su, who planned the series.

Ryan will be joined by his son, Brennish, who plays the fiddle and is carrying forward his family’s music traditions.

The series continues on Saturday, October 10 with Theo Martey & The Akwaaba Ensemble and concludes on October 17 with the Jordan TW Trio.

Concerts on the Lawn is presented through a grant from New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, sponsorship from Newburyport Bank, and in partnership with the Exeter Area YMCA.

Tickets range from $5 to $15 with children under 6 free. Pre-registration is required and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnics. 

To learn more, or purchase tickets, click here

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum is currently developing a variety of public and education programs in digital formats to encourage digital inclusion for all ages.

American Independence Museum to virtually host “Open Question – Does Truth Matter?”

American Independence Museum to virtually host “Open Question – Does Truth Matter?”

On Tuesday, September 22, the American Independence Museum will host Virtual Lunch & Learn: Open Questions – Does Truth Matter? from 12 noon to 1 pm.

The virtual event is part of “Open Questions,” a new program presented by New Hampshire Humanities that explores essential questions about meaning and life that are important to Granite Staters.

Such questions, explained the museum’s Victoria Su, relate to many of their programs this year.

“Our theme this season is commemoration and memorialization, how those kinds of choices are made and by whom, and how such actions create meaning and ‘truth,’” she explained. 

The lecture, which will take place on Zoom, will be led by Dr. Joshua Tepley, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Anselm College.

Registration is required for this free program, which takes place on Tuesday, September 22 from 12 noon to 1 pm.

To register for the event

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum is currently developing a variety of public and education programs in digital formats to encourage digital inclusion for all ages.

American Independence Museum celebrates Exeter’s Unique History with Outdoor Tours

American Independence Museum celebrates Exeter’s Unique History with Outdoor Tours

Having recently launched Virtual Tours of the Ladd-Gilman House (c. 1721), the American Independence Museum will offer Folsom Tavern & Grounds Tours on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm, beginning September 17.

During the in-person Tavern & Grounds Tours, visitors will walk the 1-acre property and explore Folsom Tavern. Built in 1775 by Samuel Folsom, the Tavern was visited by George Washington in 1789 and site of the founding of the NH chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati in 1783.

“Docents will lead guests on an exciting tour of our ‘triangle of land’ and discuss the many buildings that existed on this land during the 18th and early 19th century,” explained Emma Stratton, museum executive director. “You’ll also hear about a few infamous residents…Guests will then be invited to take a self-guided tour of Folsom Tavern.”

Noting visitors will learn the unique history of the Tavern while on the hour-long tour, Stratton said social-distancing guidelines have helped shape its design.

“People should feel comfortable on these tours, which will be limited in number,” she said. “We do require masks and will be sanitizing between tours. These tours will be fun and safe.”

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum is currently developing a variety of public and education programs in digital formats to encourage digital inclusion for all ages.

Pre-registration is required for all tours and masks are required at all times for the Folsom Tavern and Grounds tours.To register, visit independencemuseum.org.

Huzzah Family Workshop to Explore Colonial Salad

On Wednesday, October 23 at the first of two workshops in the American Independence Museum’s Huzzah Family Workshop Series, presented by Harman Law Offices, participants will create an historically accurate colonial salad.

In addition to making a salad, participants will also learn about urban foraging today from Leslie Stevens, a UNHCE Master Gardener, Natural Resources Steward, and owner of Sturgeon Creek Farm in Eliot, Maine. Currently on the boards of Seacoast Permaculture and Seacoast Eat Local, Stevens has taught children and their families to grow food for more than 10 years.

“This is a chance to discover how America’s early colonists used a variety of grown and harvested greens, including herbs and flowers, to create delicious salads,” said museum Executive Director Emma Stratton. “We feel this will be very popular with people of all ages.”

Advanced registration is encouraged, while participants may also elect to upgrade and pre-buy dinner prepared by Laney & Lu, or bring their own picnic to enjoy.

“This workshop is all about local food, so we are so thankful to have Laney & Lu join us,” added Stratton.

At the second workshop of the Series, families will make colonial cole slaw, which would have been made with vinegar, and discover various methods of food preservation for the winter months.

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum welcomes more than 5,000 visitors annually and distinguishes itself with educational school programs and events that make history fun and relevant.

To register for Huzzah! Family Workshop: Colonial Salad, which takes place in the museum’s Folsom Tavern from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, visit independencemuseum.org.