Home Sweet Home: Music of the Civil War

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 pm
with Diane Taraz

“(Music has) done more than a hundred generals and a thousand orators.”
—Abraham Lincoln

“I don’t think we could have an army without music.”
—Robert E. Lee

The power of “home” lay at the heart of the Civil War and helps explain the wide range of responses to the conflict. For every stereotype there were many exceptions, and Diane Taraz explores fascinating people and events through the songs enjoyed by everyone from the lowliest field hand to the President of the United States. The music reflects the diversity of Americans of all races, sexes, and walks of life as they struggled through these dark yet inspiring years. Diane performs in period attire and accompanies herself on guitar and lap dulcimer.

A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 pm
with Robert Cox

New England’s culinary history is marked by a varying array of chowders. Early forms were thick and layered, but the adaptability of this beloved recipe has allowed for a multitude of tasty preparations to emerge. Thick or thin, brimming with fish or clams or corn, chowder springs up throughout the region in as many distinctive varieties as there are ports of call. It remains the quintessential expression of New England cuisine. Food writer and chowder connoisseur Robert S. Cox dishes out the history, flavors and significance of every New Englander’s favorite comfort food.

(To be Held at Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford Street)

Dr. Joseph Warren: Medicine, Heroics, and Romance in Revolutionary Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm
with author Samuel Forman

Joseph Warren, once nationally famous, is now remembered in regional history as the person who dispatched Paul Revere on that famous ride and as the hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. In his new biography of Warren, author Sam Forman sheds light on these compelling stories of the American Founder “whom the ladies judged handsome.” He will also discuss Warren’s, and Massachusetts contemporaries like Falmouth’s own Dr. Francis Wicks’ practice of 18th century medicine and their efforts to defeat the dreaded small‐pox.

(To Be Held at First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street)