Calendar of Events

Annual Holiday Celebration at the Folsom Tavern

December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free

We will end our 2017 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 at the end of the year.

Small Business Saturday

November 25 @ 10:00 am –  4:00 pm

Support our small business by visiting for a tour or purchasing holiday gifts in our gift shop.

Tavern Talk: “Your Most Important Role in a Democracy: Thinking for Yourself”

November 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free! Preregistration required. Democracies stand for an ideal political system run “by the people, for the people.” Democracy is rooted in the idea that power should be vested in the people, in part because people are smart and the majority opinion is usually the best decision.  In fact, social science supports the idea that majorities make better decisions than those made by individuals.

Veterans Day at the Museum

November 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Veterans, and their immediate family members, are free.  Come learn about our country’s earliest veterans, and the country’s oldest veterans organization, the Society of the Cincinnati.

Free Admission to all active and retired military personnel and members.

Lunch and Learn: “Secrets of the American Independence Museum: Collection Close-Up”

November 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Free! Preregistration required. Please bring your lunch to enjoy during the lecture.

Did you know the Museum has a collection of over 3,000 historical artifacts and objects? Many of these are hidden gems that are not regularly part of our exhibits.  Join the Museum curator for a behind the scenes peek at some of her favorite and most fascinating secret treasures.

Presented by Rachel Passannante

Revolutionary Story Time!

November 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

NEW PROGRAM! $5-$10 suggested donation
Fire up your imagination! From 9:30am to 10:30am, preschoolers (children 3-5 years old) and their caregivers are invited to join us at Folsom Tavern to read books relating to the Revolution, Colonial history, and beyond. Re-enactor and musician Mike Welch will share books, stories, crafts, music, and more. Due to the historic nature of the Tavern, strollers are not allowed. Reservations required.

Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery

October 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Tickets: $10 Adult non-member, $7 Child non-member 6-18, $5 Adult member, $3 Child non-member, 6-18. All children under 6 are free. Tickets to this event also include a same day visit to the museum.

Step back in time and meet some of Exeter’s famous and infamous former residents. At the historic Winter Street Cemetery, you will be able to wander the cemetery and meet friendly spirits who will tell their stories and answer questions.

Tours for Ghosts of Winter Street will meet at the Cemetery (not at the museum!) at the intersection of Winter Street, Front Street [rt.111] and Railroad Ave in Exeter. There are four tours: 2pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, and 3:30pm, each lasting approx. 30 min. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather and locale. Event will take place rain or shine!

Pre-registration is required. There is a limit of 18 people per tour time, so sign up early!

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Writing Your Family History: Taking the First Step

October 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Workshop fee: Members-$15; Non-members-$20
Come to the Folsom Tavern for a genealogy workshop to help you get started tracing your roots or for help with your ongoing project.  The informative presentation will be followed by workshop time for questions, advice, and expert support.

Presented by Penny Stratton: A veteran of the book publishing industry, Penny retired as NEHGS Publishing Director in June 2016; she continues to consult with the Society on publications projects. Among the more than 65 titles she managed at NEHGS are The Great Migration Directory, Elements of Genealogical Analysis, Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, and the award-winning Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts She has written for American Ancestors magazine and is a regular poster on Vita Brevis. With Henry B. Hoff, Penny is coauthor of Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History; she is also the author of several Portable Genealogists on writing and publishing topics.

Beer for History

October 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 members, $20 nonmembers

Join us for beer tastings, history, and, fun in the historic Folsom Tavern. Each event will feature a different local brewer: Earth Eagle Brewings is our brewer for this event! Beer for History is generously sponsored by Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley & Roberts, P.A.!

Lunch and Learn: “When Shipping Was King: The Piscataqua Region in Colonial America”

September 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Free! Preregistration required. Please bring your lunch to enjoy during the lecture.

Come to the Folsom Tavern – just a stones throw from the Exeter/Squamscott River -and hear the vibrant story of shipping during Colonial times.  Shipping was central to life in the region, which allowed for commerical transport of passengers and goods and helped fuel the material and economic expansion of New England and beyond.
Professor Jeff Bolster of the UNH History Department is a prize-winning historian who delights in sharing his research with a variety of audiences. He will examine the factors that influenced the shipping industry–from economics, government policy, and labor to the military and technology.  It includes intriguing details about the ships and ports that played pivotal roles and the entrepreneurs who took the helm along the way.
Presented by Jeff Bolster

Constitution and Citizenship Day

September 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit with our Constitutions and learn about the Constitutional Convention, the process of writing and ratifying the Constitution, and the two drafts that are housed in our museum.

Free with Admission!

Beer for History

September 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 members, $20 nonmembers

Join us for beer tastings, history, and, fun in the historic Folsom Tavern. Each event will feature a different local brewer: 7th Settlement Brewery is our brewer for this event followed by Earth Eagle Brewings on October 12. Beer for History is generously sponsored by Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley & Roberts, P.A.!

Revolutionary Story Time!

September 7 @ 9:00 am

NEW PROGRAM! $5-$10 suggested donation
Fire up your imagination! From 9:30am to 10:30am preschoolers (children 3-5 years old) and their caregivers are invited to join us at Folsom Tavern to read books relating to the Revolution, Colonial history, and beyond. Re-enactor and musician Mike Welch  will share books, stories, crafts, music, and more. Due to the historic nature of the tavern, strollers are not allowed. Reservations required.

Tavern Talk: “Re-Reading the Declaration of Independence: America’s Sacred Document as a Rhetorical Argument”

September 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free!   Preregistration required.

While most people know the Declaration of Independence as the Title Deed of the new American nation, few have studied the document as a situated rhetorical argument meant to make a case for Independence. How do the most memorable passages of the Declaration serve as the grounding for a more complex and logical expression of the American case against the King of England? This lecture will offer a close reading of the Declaration that seeks to interpret the document, not so much as the sacred text we all admire, but as an argument that was informed by the rhetorical culture of the eighteenth century, and functioned in its own time to make a particular point to a specific audience.

Presented by Professor James Farrell

Beer for History

August 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 members, $20 nonmembers

Join us for beer tastings, history, and, fun in the historic Folsom Tavern. Each event will feature a different local brewer: NEIGHBORHOOD BEER CO. is our brewer for this event followed by 7th Settlement Brewery on September 14, and Earth Eagle Brewings on October 12. Beer for History is generously sponsored by Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley & Roberts, P.A.!

Lunch and Learn: “Collecting John Paul Jones: America’s First Action Hero”

August 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Free!   Preregistration required. Please bring your lunch to enjoy during the lecture.

Everyone knows his name, but few know his story.  The real John Paul Jones was born in Scotland and spent more than a year in New Hampshire during the American Revolution.  A jealous genius, Jones (not his real name) was a complex, self-made naval hero on a quest for glory.  J. Dennis Robinson tells Jones’s story, illustrated with images from his own extensive collection of “Jonesiana”.  Robinson shows how America rejected Jones, then used his name and image to sell everything from whiskey to cigarettes, to women’s clothing…even to recruit for the U.S. Navy.

Presented by J. Dennis Robinson

Purple Heart Day

August 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On August 7, 1782, General George Washington issued an order allowing soldiers who performed “meritorious action” to sew a purple heart of cloth or silk onto their uniforms. We honor the anniversary of this prestigious award and celebrate an original purple heart in our collection, by offering free admission to all active and retired military personnel during regular tour hours.

Free Admission to all active and retired military personnel and members; and Free with Museum Admission to all others.