Discover the stories behind America’s revolutionary past and how they relate to your experiences today by visiting the American Independence Museum.
- Thursday, August 14th - Friday, August 15th
Intern Lecture Series
- REVOLUTIONARY SECRETS: Covert Communication and the Fight for Freedom
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 10:30am
Presented by Rachael Faust
This tour will focus on how General George Washington and the Continental Army utilized secret intelligence at the time of the American Revolution to outwit and deceive the powerful forces of Great Britain and King George III. Employing an undercover group known as the Culper Spy Ring, the use of counterspies, and the creation of laborious, masked ciphers and codes led to the victories of countless battles. From Paul Revere’s Ride to the betrayal of Benedict Arnold, these secrets of the revolution played a role in changing the world.
- FLAGS: An American History
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 11:30am
Presented by Shanon Douglass
Flags have been used for centuries as a source of pride and allegiance, distinguishing one family, clan, or nation from another. In battle they were instrumental in guiding soldiers back to their own lines; to be flag bearer was a great honor and to capture another army’s colors was a sign of total victory. How then were flags used in the American Revolution and what are some of the facts and legends surrounding our early history? Did Betsy Ross really create the first American flag? Who were the Sons of Liberty? Why all the snake imagery? These questions and others will be answered during a brief discussion about American flags and will focus on the early history of our own Stars and Stripes; the two colors that followed the 1st New Hampshire Regiment as they went into battle; as well as some of the propaganda flags flown before and during the Revolutionary War.
- THE FIGHTING MEN OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire Continental Regiments and the Men Who Commanded Them
Friday, August 15th, 2014, 10:30am
Presented by Matt Portu
When history portrays the most important forces of the American Revolution, we tend to hear Massachusetts boasting the names Sam Adams, John Adams, and Paul Revere, or Virginia who claim Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and “Light Horse” Henry Lee. Even Pennsylvania had Benjamin Franklin. But what of New Hampshire? This tour will follow the trail of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, New Hampshire Regiments in the Continental Army and will focus on men such as John Sullivan, John Stark, Joseph Cilley, Enoch Poor, Nathaniel Folsom, the Gilman family, and others who gave everything to contribute to NH’s instrumental impact on the war.
- HISTORY OF THE LADD-GILMAN HOUSE
Friday, August 15th, 2014, 11:30am
Presented by Clancy Taylor
Today, the Ladd-Gilman house is the host of our American Independence Museum, and an iconic image of downtown Exeter. But since 1721 it has not only gone through a series of occupants, but also a series of changes. What is now a long, yellow wooden house, cottage and stable started off as a simple brick house across from the river. How did an unassuming brick house survive almost three centuries and transform from a home to a Revolutionary family to the home of pieces of history such as a Dunlap Broadside? Who are the families and societies that kept this history alive by preserving the Ladd-Gilman House? This tour will explain the origins of the house, the role it played in hosting people and events vital to New Hampshire’s influence towards the Revolutionary War, and its functions today as museum and library.
- Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 7:00 – 8:00pm
New England's Powder Houses
Free! (but donations are appreciated!)
Using meticulous research, author Matthew Thomas narrates the colorful histories of New England's powder houses in his book of the same title, as he resurrects their historical significance in early American history. Includes information on Exeter's own Powder House!
- Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Ghosts at the Museum
$15.00 per person non members; $10.00 per person members
Folsom Tavern & Ladd Gilman House
Explore the Ladd-Gilman House and the Folsom Tavern by lantern light as some of the town’s most illustrious persons come to life for one night and tell you what it was like to be alive during the Revolutionary period! To register today, please click here.
- Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00am
Breakfast with George Washington
Admission Price TBA
This year marks the 225th anniversary of George Washington’s visit and “light Collation” in Exeter and at the Folsom Tavern. Come and explore the history of the Tavern, meet the Widow Folsom and President Washington! Enjoy a hearty Pancake breakfast. Check back for more information, and to register.
- Friday, December 5th, 2014, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Annual Holiday Celebration at the Folsom Tavern
Free! (but donations are appreciated!)
We will end our 2014 season with a toast! See what it was like to celebrate the holiday season back in Revolutionary War times and enjoy the Colonial Era décor, food and drinks! Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Portsmouth Christian Academy’s carolers, try your hand at handmade Colonial holiday gifts, talk to our re-enactors as they discuss life in Exeter during the War.