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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.

Colonel & Mrs. Folsom, Ghosts to take center stage at American Independence Museum

On Saturday, October 26, the American Independence Museum will host “Ghosts of Folsom Tavern and Winter Street Cemetery Tour.”

The tour will begin at Folsom Tavern where Colonel & Mrs. Folsom will introduce guests to their 1775 home and business. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Ewer, a 19th century spiritualist who lived in the tavern. Participants will then walk or drive to Winter Street Cemetery to meet their colonial tour guide, who will reveal the Folsoms’ final resting place and discuss the graves of many of Exeter’s famous and infamous revolutionary residents.

“This is autumnal-themed, non-scary fun during the Halloween season that is appropriate for all ages,” noted the museum’s Victoria Su, who organizes the event.

Among Exeter’s earliest settlers, the Folsoms arrived with the Gilman family with whom they were related. The history of both families–and that of Exeter and its role in the Revolutionary War–feature prominently in the exhibits and collection at the American Independence Museum.

Ghosts of Folsom Tavern and Winter Street Cemetery Tour will take place on Saturday, October 26 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Folsom Tavern with Winter Street Cemetery tours every 30 minutes beginning at 4 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. Cemetery tours will last approximately 45 minutes and guests attending the later two tours are encouraged to bring flashlights. 

The cost is $13 for non-members and $10 for non-member children, ages 6-18. Members are $8 and members’ children, ages 6-18, are $5. All children under the age of 6 are free.

Ticket prices include a visit to the museum day of the event (must visit Ladd-Gilman House before 3:30pm), activities and check in at Folsom Tavern with seasonal refreshments and cemetery tour.

To purchase tickets online, visit independencemuseum.org

Harman Law Offices to present Re-Imagined Huzzah Family Workshop Series

Presented by Harman Law Offices, the American Independence Museum’s Huzzah Family Workshop Series this fall will present an opportunity for families to create (and eat) historically accurate food together. The series will also explore the relevance of colonial foodways to today.

At the first session on October 23 at the museum’s Folsom Tavern, families will use a variety of greens and vegetables that would have been available to colonists to prepare historically accurate salads. 

At the second session on November 20, families will make colonial cole slaw, which would have been made with vinegar as a means of preserving vegetables through the winter.

“I am delighted to sponsor this revamped series, which will engage entire families in activities that will get them thinking about history and have fun at the same time,” said Terrie Harman of Harman Law Offices.

According to museum Executive Director Emma Stratton, Harman’s support enabled the museum to devote additional time and resources to reconceive the program.

“We are very excited to work with Terrie and local restaurants to deliver an innovative new take on our Huzzah Family Workshop Series,” she said. “Creating an opportunity for families to both create a part of a meal and eat that meal in our historic Tavern is essential to connecting today.”

Both sessions are free, although there may be additional options to pre-purchase food from nearby restaurants to complement what participants make in the sessions. Details regarding times of the sessions and cost of additional food add-ons will be released soon.

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.

American Independence Museum to offer Homeschool Days

On Friday, September 27, October 18 and November 15, respectively, the American Independence Museum in Exeter will host Homeschool Day: Colonial Living Days for homeschool students. 

In the 90-minute program, facilitated by 18th century re-enactors, students of all ages will learn about various facets of everyday colonial life. Activities in the program include colonial games, quill writing, discussions about the lives of militia men and more.

“In the program, students are encouraged to collaborate with others, make inquiries and work as teams–it is a great 21st Century educational experience,” said museum Executive Director Emma Stratton.

Homeschool Day: Colonial Living Days will take place on Friday, September 27, October 18 and November 15 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at the museum’s Folsom Tavern in downtown Exeter. 

The cost is $5 for adults, $8 for students and free for children 2 and under. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.