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American Independence Museum Celebrates March...Women's History Month With "Remember The Ladies" Series

American Independence Museum Celebrates March...Women's History Month With "Remember The Ladies" Series

Abigail Adams Portrait Her-story or His-story? Writing to her husband, John, Abigail Adams penned a letter asking him to "remember the ladies" as he, Thomas Jefferson and other committee members crafted the Declaration of Independence. An early women's rights promoter, it was Abigail's fervent hope that women's independence and civil rights would be provided for in this document.

With two events scheduled for March, American Independence Museum explores the lives of Colonial era women and their impact on history with "living theater," both beginning at 7pm in the Folsom Tavern at 164 Water Street in Exeter, NH

On March 14th, meet Paul Revere's mother-in-law, Mrs. Rachel Walker, portrayed by Kate Carney, historian and actress, as she re-creates life in Boston before, during and after the Revolution. Kate's performance includes an interactive depiction of Colonial frustration with the British pre-Revolution taxes leading up to the Declaration of Independence.

On March 28th, Diann Strausberg of the Storied Past, will portray Mrs. Phebe Emerson Ripley, Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandmother. Mrs. Ripley, a Concord Massachusetts resident, watched the dramatic beginnings of the Revolutionary War from her home near North Bridge in April 1775. Her husband, Reverend Ripley, became a chaplain for the Continental Congress and local militia, and died while serving in Vermont just 6 months later.

Located at 164 Water Street in Exeter, The Folsom Tavern is part of the American Independence Museum campus. Both "Remember The Ladies" event start at 7pm. Adult admission is $5 and $3 for students and museum members. Educators and students are eligible for Certificates of Attendance.

Occupying two historic buildings, the Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern on the same campus, it is the mission of American Independence Museum to connect America's Revolutionary past with the present. For more information on the American Independence Museum or upcoming programs, visit www.independencemuseum.org or call 603-772-2622.

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Comment balloon 11 commentsJohn McCarthy • March 08 2012 06:51AM

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John- what a great post. Abigail is definitely my kind of woman! I'm suggesting this one.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Toni ~ I think this series (of two) will be quite interesting. Many of the programs at AIM feature "living theater" performances by some very dedicated people. This is a great way to bring history to life! Hope you have a great Thursday!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 7 years ago

John - I remember taking history and learning about Abigail Adams and her husband's respect for his wife's opinions when that was not the popular thing back then. She was a strong and wise woman who I'd love to learn more about! I'd love to see the American Independence Museum and have always been inspired by the woman who paved the path for the women of today. This might be worth a trip to NH for - I'll have to see my schedule, but this is something I'd go out of my way to attend!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) about 7 years ago

John, had a smile reading your post, thinking about how women strived early on for women's rights!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 7 years ago

Hi Kristine ~ If you didn't have a change to follow the link to the museum's website, it is worth checking out. These 2 historic buildings, The Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern are treasures not only to the Seacoast community, but are of national significance, and house exhibits and artifacts from the pre-Revolutionary War period. The Ladd-Gilman House was the residence of Governor John Taylor Gilman who served as NH governor for 14 years and The Folsom Tavern was built around 1775 by Colonel Samuel Folsom and operated by his wife, Elizabeth, as the Widow Folsom Tavern after his death in 1790. I'm sure these two women, Rachel Walker and Phebe Emerson Ripley will provide some great insight into life for Colonial women. Please be sure to let me know if you think you might attend!

Hi Joan ~ The struggle for women's rights certainly had very early beginnings in this country, but despite the efforts of so many great women, the right to vote only came about in 1920 after the 19th Amendment was ratified. It was a long time coming. So glad you stopped by!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 7 years ago

Very interesting!  I had no idea about the history of the Folsom Tavern!  Living theater is so much more interesting than just reading in a book.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 7 years ago

Hi Sharon ~ Both portrayals sound great. Maybe you can make the March 28th event. This is the difference between reading a play and watching it live. I think its very cool!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 7 years ago

John - sounds like a great shmingling opportunity too :) I hope you have a great day today.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 7 years ago

Thanks Toni ~ Certainly a great schmingling opportunity. We had our company awards program yesterday in Manchester, NH and had a terrific time. Great to see old friends from all over that you see only once a year. The Masiello Group has offices in NH, ME, VT and MA, so we have a lot of agents.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 7 years ago

John ~ I enjoyed your "herstory" lesson women's rights.  I think those events would certainly open many eyes as to how far back the struggle for women's rights actually began.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 7 years ago

Hi Dawn ~ I am quite involved with the American Independence Museum and look forward to many events like this one. I love history when told "first hand" by actors portraying real life historical characters. There are many, many more stories of women who played major parts in shaping our nation. Your wish and mine, was that women were granted equal rights in the beginning. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 7 years ago

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