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September 19, 2013

Museum Programs

EXETER — From Presidents to entrepreneurial Colonial women to ghosts of prominent citizens past, New Hampshire history is filled with colorful characters. Exeter’s American Independence Museum examines the compelling stories of all three during its fall program series this September and October.

Programs include:

Women, Tavern Keeping and Public Approval: Thurs., September 19, 6:30 p.m. Colonial-era taverns could get rowdy. Why would a woman want to own one? Scholar Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the world of Ann Jose Harvey, owner of a prominent Portsmouth tavern. Harvey ran the establishment for 20 years -in addition to raising seven children -after her husband died in 1736. Free. Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

George Washington: Gentleman Warrior: Wed., October 16, 6:00 p.m. George Washington called himself a warrior during the height of the American Revolution in 1779. British author Stephen Brumwell presents an overlooked side of Washington: the feisty young frontier officer and later the tough 40-something commander of the Continental Army. Brumwell’s newest book, George Washington: Gentleman Warrior, presents an image different than the one assigned to Washington by history: the patriotic plantation owner who became dignified political leader of the country. Free.

Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery: Sat., October 26, 3:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.: Like many New England towns, Exeter has famous - and infamous! - former residents. Find out more during tours at the town’s historic Winter Street Cemetery. Role players portraying members of the Folsom, Smith, Emery and Gilman families welcome questions and tell their stories. Two, 90-minute tours offered; both meet at Winter Street Cemetery. Appropriate clothing and shoes for weather and location suggested. Cost: $12.00 - adults ($8.00 - members); $10.00 - children under 12 ($8.00 for member children).

For more information and to reserve spots in each program, email info@independencemuseum.org, call 603-772-2622, or visit www.independencemuseum.org.

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