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.

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!

Quarter Master General’s Chest

The Badge of Military Merit (Purple Heart)

Brigadier General William E. Horton Medals

Companion Engravings: George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette

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

John Quincy Adams Latin Text

L’Enfant and the Society of Cincinnati Insignia

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.