The American Independence Museum in Exeter shares the stories of this country's founding through exhibits, artifacts, and tours. Emily Belanger first visited the museum at seven years old. Now, at fifteen, she gives guided tours. Here, she portrays Elizabeth Folsom.
EMILY: Good day. My name is Elizabeth Folsom and I work here at Folsom tavern with my mother and father. Today we have had a surprise visit from president George Washington. We originally invited him to a ball, however, he declined and now he is here with us this morning and we must try our very best to make him as comfortable as we possibly can.
When I was seven years old I first came to Muster day where you could basically dress up as a revolutionary war soldier and you could do basic maneuvers and then you accompany George Washington to Folsom tavern so that’s really what got me started here. When I was thirteen I came and did a junior role playing camp and since I love acting and history I felt that that was really fun and now I’m an intern. I do tours. I work at the gift shop. I basically tell people why the museum is important, why each room is important, Exeter’s role in the revolutionary war and kind of how the revolutionary war played out.
I believe that history is extremely important. It should be preserved because we need to let future generations know what their ancestors fought for, why this country’s so unique. This is important to me personally because I just have a great love for this country and I just want people to know I want to share that with other people. I’m very passionate about history and this is truly something I don’t have to do, but I really, really want to do.