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People’s United Bank to present “Understanding your Community from a Historical Perspective”

Presented by People’s United Bank, the American Independence Museum’s 2019 Lecture Series continues with “Understanding your Community from a Historical Perspective”on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 pm.

This lecture’s format will be unique in that the discussion will be led by a panel of experts from the museum, Exeter Public Library, Exeter Historical Society and Historic New England’s Gilman Garrison House.

According to museum Executive Director Emma Stratton, the subject matter is equally unique.

“Civic engagement will be at the heart of our discussion,” she said. “Understanding community from a historic perspective can be an in-road to civic engagement and local vibrancy.”

Stratton said she also believes attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the role historic institutions like the museum play in society today.

“We are not simply stewards of history,” she said. “We interpret and teach it…We are also community builders.”

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 learn more about People’s United Bank’s 2019 Lecture series at the American Independence Museum, which include evening  Tavern Talks and afternoon Lunch and Learns, visit