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Virtual Tavern Night

Friday, December 18, 7:00-9:00 pm
$10 adult nonmembers*
$8 adult members*

*Each Tavern game is an additional $5; available for on-site pick up or $5 shipping

Reservations required.

As the nights get darker and colder, gather virtually ‘round the tavern fire, share a song, a story, or a game and a drink with friends! Our virtual Tavern Night features live 18th century tavern music, the return of our popular tavern trivia and, of course, refreshments. Each ‘traveler’ will receive a colonial beverage recipe and a Zoom background of our Folsom Tavern.

Colonial games such as dice, nine pin, and Quoits are available to purchase at an additional charge. 

Virtual Holiday Tea

Saturday, December 12, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Nonmembers: $10 adults, $5 children 6-18, under 6 free
Members: $8 adults, $3 children 6-18, under 6 free

Reservations required.

Join us and your friends and loved ones for a virtual holiday tea. Start the tea off with colonial music (singing along is encouraged), learn about colonial tea etiquette and 18th century foodways, then break off into your own ‘room’ to enjoy time socializing with friends and family.

Each participant will receive several colonial recipes suited for a tea, their own sample package of tea* from Alchemy & Herbs, and a colonial zoom background. A great way to share the joy of the season safely!

*Tea pick up can be arranged at the museum or can be shipped for $3. Options include Bohea (caffeinated black tea blend ) and Liberty Tea (an herbal, no-caffeine blend).

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 Expand Board

American Independence Museum to Expand Board

Founded in 1991, the American Independence Museum will celebrate 30 years as a nonprofit and the 300th anniversary of its Ladd-Gilman House, milestones that are leading to an expansion of its Board in 2021.

“The Board provides leadership and governance to a dedicated team of staff and volunteers,” said Emma Stratton, museum executive director. “They are integral to our success through their work on various committees, spreading the word about our museum and securing support for our important work.”

Citing the museum as in a period of rapid growth, Ozzie Ayscue, president of the museum’s Board of Governors, said they are looking for “energetic team players.”

“We need individuals who are able to provide seasoned strategic leadership and governance and, at the same time, action-minded and willing to roll up their sleeves when needed,” he said . 

Specific needs for the museum’s Board include expertise in facilities and collections management, digital/virtual learning and exhibits, fundraising and legal.

“Even if you don’t fall neatly into one of those buckets, we encourage you to apply and let’s have a conversation,” he added. “We also have a robust ambassador program that can be a lighter commitment and sometimes a stepping stone to board roles.” 

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.