In addition to a free lunch and evening lecture series and several Beer for History festivals that are expected to attract hundreds in 2016, the American Independence Museum will present an exhibit on George Washington.

Developed by UNH graduate students, Jennifer King and Virginia Grinch, the exhibit, entitled “George Washington and the Society of the Cincinnati,” explores the parallels between Washington and Cincinnatus, a Roman statesman and military leader who represented the republican ideal. The Society of the Cincinnati was founded in 1783 by Revolutionary War officers as a fraternal organization dedicated to mutual support.

“The exhibit will tell the story of how Washington balanced the egalitarian ideals of his time with his diplomatic membership in an exclusive fraternal organization,” noted Museum Executive Director Julie Williams.

Open to the public on the Museum’s 2016 Opening Day of Tuesday, May 3, the exhibit will include portraits, memorabilia, and facsimiles of letters to and from Washington.

“This is a very unique exhibit with some incredible artifacts,” added Williams. “We look forward to sharing this important, but little known aspect of George Washington.

New exhibits and educational programming as well as free admission for veterans and their families are made possible by major sponsors. Major sponsors include Two International Group, AutoFair, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Foy Insurance, Chinburg Properties, Access Sports and RiverWoods.