Featuring a silent auction, which includes getaways, gift certificates to area restaurants and more, the American Independence Museum’s Holiday Open House on Friday, November 30 from 5 to 8 pm will also benefit veterans.

In lieu of paying an admission fee, visitors are asked to bring toiletries, travel-size hygiene items, card games and individually packaged snacks that Pease Greeters will distribute to active military leaving or returning home.

At the event, the Exeter Chapter of the New Hampshire State Organization Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will provide visitors with the opportunity to write personalized holiday cards that will be delivered to veterans.

Museum Executive Director Emma Bray cited several reasons as to why supporting active military and veterans is important. In 1783, the NH chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati was founded at the museum’s Folsom Tavern. The nation’s oldest patriotic organization, the Society was founded by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution.

“It’s important we give back to the men and women who have given our nation so much,” said Bray, who noted the Society owns both museum buildings and some objects in its collection.

In 2018, financial support from Chinburg Properties enabled the museum to provide free admission to active military, veterans and their families.

“While we are celebrating the end of a wonderful season, the holidays are also a time for reflection and gratitude,” added Bray. “We want to take an opportunity during our Holiday Open House to remember those who helped form our nation and those who help preserve our freedoms today.’

Held at Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street in Exeter, Holiday Open House is part of the museum’s Ring in the Season events, sponsored by Buxton Water.

“Sponsors like Chinburg Properties and event presenter Buxton Water enable us to achieve so much,” she added. “We have much to be thankful for. We hope people of all ages will join us for this wonderful event.”