The Nation’s Oldest Patriotic Organization and the Museum’s Founder…
Founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati assigned their descendants the task of preserving the memory of the patriotic sacrifices that made American liberty a reality.
Now a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members.
The Society and the Museum
There are 14 Chapters of the Society, one for each of our 13 colonies, and one for France. The New Hampshire Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati is inextricably tied to all of the workings of the American Independence Museum in that they own the buildings, and most of the collection at the heart of AIM’s exhibits today.
Our collections speak volumes as to the work and the legacy of NH Society members. The NH Society was founded in our Folsom Tavern, and for many years, the Ladd-Gilman House was the NH Society’s headquarters – Cincinnati Hall. The NH Society was very involved in the Museum’s founding in 1991 and continues to be a major supporter of our work today.