The American Independence Festival celebrates the state’s role in the American Revolution, Exeter’s role as the capital of the state, and the day the Declaration of Independence arrived in town. Visit the historical society’s booth downtown to learn about Exeter’s part in the struggle for independence. Check the American Independence Museum’s website for more information.
Are you looking for ways to fill summer days? Planning a family car trip, searching for a good YA beach read, or just looking for alternatives to screen time? Join MaryAnn Cappiello, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy, at Lesley University, at the Exeter Historical Society for our Reading Round-Up! She'll present historically-themed fiction and nonfiction suitable for readers in grades K-8 and beyond. Staff from Water Street Books will be on hand with a selection of titles and available to take orders. Stop by to browse titles, request suggestions, and preview books. *Please note: This is a parent/child drop-in event -- children under the age of 11 must be with an adult.
Fee: Free/Historical Society Members; $5/Non-Member Family
Join the Exeter Historical Society and Water Street Bookstore for a book talk by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of "NEVER CAUGHT: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge". The father of our country skirted Philadelphia’s anti-slavery laws during his 6-year residency there during his term in office, cycling his slaves in and out of Mount Vernon every six months in order to avoid the city’s time limit on slaveholding. But he met his match in one enslaved young woman.
This annual event celebrates youth involvement in the study of local history and features the winners of the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award. The contest and event are in honor of our esteemed citizen and town historian, Nancy Carnegie Merrill, and are generously sponsored by Service Credit Union.
Please save the date for an informal meeting of the membership of the Exeter Historical Society.
This meeting will provide a status report from the Save Our Society (SOS) Committee for discussion by our membership. An agenda will be sent out early next week.
Please attend, if you can. Thank you very much for your support.
The place we call Exeter had a great deal to offer people from far away. Fish, lumber, land, jobs and American freedom lured people from all over the world to New England. In this special artifact-focused fundraiser program, curator Barbara Rimkunas will guide us back through our town’s history to examine Exeter’s many immigrant waves. We will discuss why people left their home countries, what the journeys were like, what Exeter had to offer, how Exeter benefited from the cultural influx and to what extent the dreams were realized.
Ticket price includes the presentation and light refreshments.
Photo: The Zanawski family poses in front of their home at 11 Sanborn Street in Exeter, New Hampshire.