EXETER — The American Independence Museum will observe Women's History Month in March by exploring the lives of Colonial women in its series "Remember the Ladies" beginning March 14 at 7:00 p.m., at Folsom Tavern.
Abigail Adams wrote the words "remember the ladies" to her husband John when he and others were crafting the Declaration of Independence. A champion of education and property rights for women, her hope was that the civil rights and independence of women would be included in the document. Women were not granted the right to vote until the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920.
On Wed., March 14, meet "Mrs. Rachel Walker", mother-in-law of Paul Revere, and witness to the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. Kate Carney, historian and actress, portrays Mrs. Walker as part of her Historical Theater Program. Her performance will help audience members imagine what it was like to live in Boston before, during, and after the Revolution and will include an interactive demonstration of aggravating pre-Revolutionary taxes.
You can also meet Mrs. Phebe Emerson Ripley on March 28, as portrayed by Diann Strausberg of The Storied Past. Mrs. Ripley witnessed the Revolutionary War's dramatic beginnings from her home near the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775, and her husband was chaplain for the Continental Congress and local militia. Reverend Emerson died just six months later while serving in Vermont. Mrs. Ripley was also the grandmother of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The events will begin at 7:00 p.m., at Folsom Tavern, located at 164 Water St., Exeter. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and museum members. Certificates of Attendance will be available for educators and students.
For more information on the American Independence Museum, the lecture series or other upcoming programs, or for directions to Folsom Tavern, please visit www.independencemuseum.org or call 603-772-2622.