Lunch & Learns and Tavern Talks

Propaganda Lecture

“Crucible of Peace:  The Treaty that Created the American Republic”

 Tavern Talk: May 18 @ 7:00pm to 8:00pm


More than two hundred years after it was signed, the peace treaty that ended the Revolutionary War remains one of America’s great neglected topics.  There has been an enormous amount written on the Unted States’ other two founding documents: the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of 1787.  By contrast, the Treaty of Paris (1783) is largely absent from both popular and scholarly histories.  As this talk will show, the act of making peace was as transformative as the war that it brought to a close.  Although Americans will play a central role, so will Britain, Spain, France, Native Americans, and African Americans.  We tend to think of the American Revolution as a moment when Americans began to make their own history, however, the history that we made is a history that we share with many others.

Presented by Eliga Gould

“What’s Up With Reenacting?”

 Lunch & Learn: May 30 @ 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a historical reenactor?  Are you interested in learning more a about the people behind the clothes; how they develop their roles and how they got started in first place?  Come to the Folsom Tavern to hear first hand about the life of a Colonial reenactor.  reenactor Mike Welch will briefly present one of his roles, share his personal history with reenacting,  and let you in on all the behind-the-scenes secrets.  There will also be ample time for your questions.  Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to try it yourself!

Presented by Mike Welch

“Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking?”

Lunch and Learn: June 22 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

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

In 1787 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to address a wide variety of crises facing the young United States of America and produced the charter for a new government. In modern times, competing political and legal claims are frequently based on what those delegates intended. Mythology about the founders and their work at the 1787 Convention has obscured both fact and legitimate analysis of the events leading to their agreement called the Constitution. The program explores the cast of characters called “founders,” the problems they faced and the solutions they fashioned.

Presented by Richard Hesse

Lecture made possible by generous support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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

Lunch and Learn: August 16 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Free!   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

Lecture made possible by generous support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council 

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

Lunch and Learn: September 21 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Free! 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 Bolter, of the UNH History Department, is a prize-winning historian who delights in sharing his research with a variety of audiences, will examine the factors that influened the shipping industry, from ecconomics, 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

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

Lunch and Learn: November 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Free! 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 regualary 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


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

Tavern Talk: November 16 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm


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 suppports the idea that majorities make better decisions than those made by individuals.  However, the ideal democratic system is easily perverted by influence tactics that manipulate and alter the thinking of voters.  Our “independent thinking” is manipulated by campaign tactics we see in advertisements, the “talking points” of candidates, and the opinions of those we trust. What can we do to combat this manipulation – especially in an age where we are too busy to study and understand all the issues by ourselves?    

Presented by Vanessa Druskat

All Tavern Talks and Lunch & Learns will take place on the second floor of the Folsom Tavern unless otherwise noted.

**Please note: All lectures fill quickly and advanced registration is required.  E-mail or call Victoria at or (603) 772-2622 to reserve your spot today.