- Tuesday, May 13: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution
NOTE: THIS LECTURE WILL BE HELD AT ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 91 MAIN STREET, FALMOUTH
Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.
Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for control.
With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.
- Wednesday, July 9: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Larry Tye discusses his book, “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Superhero”
Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes.Legions of fans from Boston to Buenos Aires can recite the story of the child born Kal-El, scion of the doomed planet Krypton, who was rocketed to Earth as an infant, raised by humble Kansas farmers, and rechristened Clark Kent. Known to law-abiders and evildoers alike as Superman, he was destined to become the invincible champion of all that is good and just—and a star in every medium from comic books and comic strips to radio, TV, and film.But behind the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every bit as compelling, one that begins not in the far reaches of outer space but in the middle of America’s heartland. From two-fisted crimebuster to über-patriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, Superman—perhaps like no other mythical character before or since—has evolved in a way that offers a Rorschach test of his times and our aspirations. In this deftly realized appreciation, Larry Tye reveals a portrait of America over seventy years through the lens of that otherworldly hero who continues to embody our best selves.
- Wednesday, July 16: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Michael Connelly discusses his book, “The President’s Team: The 1963 Army-Navy Game and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy”
In 1963, the Navy team, led by Roger Staubach, was set to take on their rivals from Army. The game was cancelled due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. However, the Kennedy family asked if the game might be played in JFK’s honor. This is a story of that team and that season.
- Wednesday, July 23: Lecture, 7 pm: Robin Tagliaferri discusses “New England and the China Trade”
Robin Tagliaferri, the executive director of the ForbesHouseMuseum in Milton, comes to Falmouth to discuss the maritime China Trade that was so lucrative in New England and the impact it had on Falmouth and other towns in the region.
A troupe of young dancers will instruct the audience on the various steps involved with traditional Irish step dancing and then perform a routine for those in attendance. The perfect warm-up for St. Patrick’s Day!
On Wednesday, April 9 at 6 pm, at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, the Falmouth Historical Society and the Museums on the Green will host the annual Heritage Award dinner. This is to recognize individuals or groups who have made a significant and positive impact upon the town of Falmouth and to Cape Cod.
Our 2014 recipients are Elizabeth Heald Arthur and Sally Cross.
This event is sponsored by:
Orchid Level: C.H. Newton Builders Inc.
Rose Level: Wood Lumber Company
Rose Level: M. Duffany Builders
Tulip Level: Compassionate Care ALS
Tulip Level: Jim and Caroline Lloyd
Advertiser: Falmouth Art Center
We hope you can join us to honor and celebrate the lives of these two extraordinary ladies.
Menu: (cash bar)
- Cheese and crackers
- House Salad
- Entrée Choice:
- Chicken Saltimbocca
- Pistachio encrusted Salmon
- Vegetarian Plate
- Strawberry Shortcake
(Note: $35 of this event is tax-deductible.)
To make a reservation, please click the link below:
Sunday, March 16, 2:30 pm: An Introduction to Irish Step Dancing
Tickets: $ 10 per adult, $ 5 per child age 12 and younger
Everyone is a wee bit Irish at St. Patrick’s Day, and the Museums on the Green help to kick off the holiday by giving those in the audience a taste of the Emerald Isle. Students from the Haley School of Irish Dancing will be in Falmouth to demonstrate for the audience various steps, costumes and traditions that go into Irish Step Dancing. At the end, students will perform routines and teach those who want to learn a variety of dance moves so that they can do it themselves.
Falmouth Historical Society
15th Annual Heritage Dinner
Honoring Elizabeth Heald Arthur and Sally Manny Cross
April 9, 2014 at the Coonamessett Inn
All business sponsors will enjoy the following benefits:
- Your business will be acknowledged in the event program distributed to all attendees.
- Your business will be acknowledged on placards at the event.
- Your business will be acknowledged on our website for the fiscal year.
- Your business will be thanked in the Falmouth Enterprise following the event.
Choose your level of sponsorship from the following.
$500 Tulip Level
In addition to the benefits listed above, you will receive two tickets to the Heritage Dinner.
$1,000 Rose Level
In addition to the benefits listed above, you will receive four tickets to the Heritage Dinner.
$1,500 Orchid Level
In addition to the benefits listed above You will receive a full table of 8 tickets to the Heritage Dinner.
- Your table will have preferred placement in the dining room.
- Your business will have a reserved sign on your table with your company name and logo.
- $250 half page advertisement in our event program
- $100 business card size advertisement in our event program
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or an advertiser for this event, please contact Kelly Benway at [email protected]
Friday, September 12th, 7 pm: Author Matthew Stewart comes to Falmouth to discuss his book “Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic”
A startling, paradigm-shifting exploration of the revolutionary part of the American Revolution: the ideas that changed the world for good.
Erudite Thomas Jefferson, wily Ben Franklin, rough-hewn General Ethan Allen, and Thomas Young (the forgotten Founder who instigated the Boston Tea Party)-the radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. Derided as “infidels” and “atheists” in their own time, they wanted liberation not just from one king but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian but largely ancient, pagan, and continental: the fecund universe of the dreaded Lucretius; the potent (but nontranscendent) natural divinity of the heretic Spinoza.
From the true meaning of “nature’s God” and “self-evident” in the Declaration of Independence to the sources of our success in science, medicine, the arts, religious toleration, and democratic governance, Matthew Stewart’s lucid and passionate investigation surprises, challenges, enlightens, and entertains as a philosophical detective story of the highest order.