Tavern Talks

presented by People’s United Bank

Join us for innovative and entertaining evening programming made possible through financial support from and partnership with People’s United Bank and a Humanities-To-Go grant from the NH Humanities Council.

The Revolutionary Capital of NH, Exeter was at the very heart of our nation when it formed. Join us for this exciting FREE series at Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street in Exeter!

The Music History of French Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians, and Cajuns
Wednesday, May 16, 6:30pm
As part of our 2018 theme: Global Perspectives on the Revolution; Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music: its arrival in North America from France, the music’s crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec, its growth alongside English culture after British colonization, and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana.

Lucie Therrien is a songwriter, author, poet, historian, recording artist, visual artist, linguist, film maker and certified teacher. She received a MA in Music History and a BA in Piano from the University of New Hampshire after her fine art studies in Montreal at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts. Therrien has performed on five continents. Among numerous awards she has received, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has honored her with four Traditional Master/Apprentice awards, as well as awards in songwriting, film, video, composing and arranging.

This tavern talk is a talk followed by DVD presentation.

The American Precedents: Examining George Washington’s Precedents in the Modern Presidency*
Thursday, September 27, 6:30pm
Join Saint Anselm College students Sarah Hummel (2019) and Matthew Solomon (2020) as they discuss the exhibit they designed at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics titled “The American Precedents.”

During his tenure as America’s first President, George Washington established several memorable precedents. In the exhibit they selected five of these precedents and examined if, and how, they applied to the four recent American Presidencies. Using archival material, they sought to understand how these five precedents – the Inauguration, non-partisanship, reluctance in foreign relations, the establishment of a Cabinet or series of advisers, and the President’s role in the economy – have withstood the test of time. Their results provided insight into the significance of tradition in the Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations.

Presenters: Saint Anselm College students Sarah Hummel (2019) and Matthew Solomon (2020)

*This talk is not sponsored by the NH Humanities Council

Banjos, Bones, & Ballads
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30pm
Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner as part of our 2018 theme: Global Perspectives on the Revolution.

Jeff Warner connects 21st-century audiences with the music and everyday lives of 19th-century people. He presents musical traditions from the Outer Banks fishing villages of North Carolina to the lumber camps of the Adirondack Mountains and the whaling ports of New England. Warner accompanies his songs on concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket instruments,” such as bones and Jew’s harp. Warner is a Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and was a 2007 State Arts Council Fellow. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution and has recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder Records and other labels.

Additional Information

Tavern Talks are held in Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, NH and are free and open to the public. 

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. Due to the historic nature of the building, it is not handicap accessible.

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