Lunch & Learn Series

presented by People’s United Bank

Join us for our free Lunch & Learn series as we explore our 2018 theme: Global Perspectives on the Revolution. 

This year’s series is made possible with financial suport from People’s United Bank, a longstanding partner with the American Independence Museum that shares our belief in the power and importance of community.

Exporting the Revolution: American Revolutionaries in the Indies Trade
Tuesday, May 22, 12pm
One of the notable consequences of the American Revolution was the opening of American trade with the East, commencing with the voyage of the Empress of China, departing New York’s East River virtually at the moment when Congress was ratifying the Treaty of Paris in February 1784. Independence had freed Yankee merchants from Britain’s mercantilist regulations, confining their vessels to the waters of the Atlantic and Caribbean, and triggered the country’s entrance onto a global stage.

This talk will examine the emergence of Americans onto a global stage, raising such questions as: How did early American “citizens of the world” recollect the Revolution? How did they negotiate the complications of culture in their travels around the world? And, how did they hope to defend the legitimacy of the new nation and champion the republican principles that they hoped would define an emergent national identity?

Presenter: Dane A. Morrison, PhD, Professor of Early American History, Salem State University

The Patriotic Shoe
Thursday, June 28, 12pm
In 1765, Philadelphia shoemaker, Alexander Rutherford, alerted his women customers “as are resolved to distinguish themselves by their patriotism and encouragement of American manufacturers, that he makes and sells…shoes… as neat and cheap as any imported from England.”

For many, the selection of one’s shoes in the decade leading up to the American Revolution, were representative of Colonial economic independence, and symbolized a break from the tether to the yoke of Great Britain’s trade dominance. The significant output of footwear – primarily wool uppers –from Lynn, MA. (as well lesser known shoe making regions of New England) was viewed as supporting non-importation agreements. However, despite attempts by Patriot leaders to co-opt and politicize the wearing of imported goods, personal taste, coupled with the desire to appear as fashionable and genteel, frequently trumped those efforts.

Presented by Kimberly S. Alexander, PhD, Department of History, UNH. Dr. Alexander will discuss several stories of ‘patriotic’ American-made shoes, their makers and wearers. This Lunch & Learn promises for provide a unique and intriguing way to explore our 2018 theme: Global Perspective on the Revolution!

Global Perspectives on the Revolution: The Exhibit Up-Close
Wednesday, August 15, 12pm
Join our collections manager for a unique, up-close look at our 2018 special exhibit. We’ll start in the tavern for an overview of the exhibit which focuses on the impact of the American Revolution on countries around the globe including France, the Germanic States, Russia, and Spain as well as the effect the Revolution had on trade. Afterwards, we’ll take the opportunity to tour the exhibit in the museum. A great opportunity to ask in depth questions about both the exhibit theme and exhibit design.

Presenter: Rachel Passannante, Collections Manager, AIM

Additional Information

Additional Lunch & Learns may be added during the season.

Lunch & Learns are held in Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, NH and are free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring your lunch to eat during the presentation. Parking is available in the Museum parking lot on Spring Street, Exeter Municipal Lots, and street parking on Water Street.

Please note that lectures will take place on the second floor of the Folsom Tavern. Because of the historic nature of the building it is not handicap accessible.

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