We have more than 3,000 objects, including paintings, furnishings, documents, and books centered on the period of the American Revolution.


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The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire began collecting objects and documents after they bought the Ladd-Gilman House more than 100 years ago.

Today, this outstanding collection is available to visitors to the American Independence Museum.

2017 Seasonal Exhibits

Propaganda: From the Revolution to the Present

Propaganda has been used throughout our history to sway public opinion.  During the American Revolution, propaganda was used frequently, more so than you may realize.  Colonists were fighting against a superpower and had to convince not only the world to t heir cause, but even their own population who saw themselves as British citizens.  Britain also used propaganda to try and bolster their country in a fight that, like the French and Indian War, was unfolding on another continent.  Today, forms of propaganda can be found everywhere, with politics and war time campaigns still the most common and are the easiest to find in newspapers, poster, and social media.  Social media, internet, photographs, and smartphones have created instant sharing, which has changed the landscape of communication.  As our technology continues to grow and change, so will propaganda in new, unexpected ways.  This exhibit examines the history of propaganda and where it is going today.






Colonial Cordwainers

Shoemaking was a different process in Colonial times than it is today.  Shoemakers, called cordwainers, held a special importance to the colonists, who faced rugged and wild conditions compared to England, and arrived fairly early in Colonial America.  Shoe use to be made by hand.  A store would  have a selection of ready-made shoes, but the cordwainer would have to make these or custom shoes in specific styles and materials.  The cordwainer could also make what was known as a last (model) of a customers foot, which would be stored in the event of future purchases.  Come and learn what else was different in the colonial shoe making process!

This exhibit was researched and created by Heather Kenny, one of our interns for the 2016 Summer Internship Program.

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Hidden Gems

Get a more in-depth view into some of our incredible, yet underappreciated items in our collection.  Click on the images to learn about their importance to the Revolution and, in some cases, how they still impact us today!

Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States by Baron von Steuben

The Badge of Military Merit

(Purple Heart)

John Quincy Adams Latin Text

Quarter Master General Chest

Visiting the Historical Collection, Library and Archives

We are open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, May – November.  The Library and the Archives are open to researchers by appointment only.  Please email or call Rachel at (603) 772-2622 to schedule your private viewing today.

Search Our Database

AIM is part of the New Hampshire History Network, an online resource that provides access to New Hampshire’s history and historical collections through partnerships with local museums, historical societies, and other institutions.  You can now search a limited amount of objects from the American Independence Museum’s collection from anywhere in the world.  Click here to be brought to their website!

Image Reproduction

Images of items in our historical collection are provided at the discretion of the American Independence Museum for personal use, research, and reproduction for purposes relevant to our mission.  Please click here to view a PDF of our Request for Photo Publication form or contact us at (603)772-2622.