As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s “Free Fun Friday” program, the Museums on the Green will be open FOR FREE on Friday, July 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm. As part of this event, the following activities will be among the events offered:
* A reading of the Declaration of Independence at noontime
* Free Ice Cream, provided by Smitty’s Ice Cream of Falmouth
* Free Hoodsies, provided by Hood Dairy
* Colonial Games for children
* Complimentary tours of the Museums on the Green campus
*Live music from 1- 2 by The Familiars of Cape Cod
Please be a part of this exciting day!
- Wednesday, July 15, 7 pm: Nigel Hamilton, author of “The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942”
Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDR’s masterful—and underappreciated—command of the Allied war effort. Hamilton takes readers inside FDR’s White House Oval Study—his personal command center—and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war. Time and again, FDR was proven right and his allies and generals were wrong. When the generals wanted to attack the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces weren’t ready. When Churchill insisted his Far East colonies were loyal and would resist the Japanese, Roosevelt knew it was a fantasy. As Hamilton’s account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in late 1942, the tide of war turns in the Allies’ favor and FDR’s genius for psychology and military affairs is clear.
War Dogs have been a part of this country’s military since the early days of World War II. Unfortunately, the general public knows very little about either their history or the sacrifices and contributions they have made on behalf of the United States. War Dogs have been responsible for saving thousands of soldier’s lives and the protection of millions of dollars of critical equipment. In many cases the deeds of these K9 partners are only remembered by their handlers and will, in most cases, be lost to future history.
Mr. Driscoll—one of the first canine handlers in Vietnam and President of “K9s of the War on Terror”, will illustrate the history of America’s War Dogs from their initial service as part of an American Kennel Club effort to create a “Dog Program” for the military and will trace the development of this capability from that point up to today’s highly-developed dog program managed by the U.S. Air Force. Along the way the War Dog has been both rewarded for his exploits and been relegated to the status of a piece of equipment that was euthanized when no longer needed. The current status of the War Dog will also be explained.
- Wednesday, July 29, 7 pm: Barney Frank: “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage” (To be held at St. Barnabas Church, 91 Main Street, Falmouth)
Admission: Members, $ 10, Non-Members, $ 15
Special “Meet and Greet with Congressman Frank” at the Museums on the Green Cultural Center, 55 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA. This includes a copy of his book, light refreshments, a photo opportunity with the Congressman, and admission to the lecture at 7 pm. Price: $ 50 per person and availability is limited. To purchase tickets, click on below:
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage is one man’s account of the country’s transformation–and the tale of a truly momentous career. Many Americans recall Frank’s lacerating wit, whether it was directed at the Clinton impeachment or the pro-life movement. But the contours of his private and public lives are less well-known. For more than four decades, he was at the center of the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness. From the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s to the debates over “big government” during the Clinton years to the 2008 financial crisis, the congressman from Massachusetts played a key role. In 2010, he coauthored the most far-reaching and controversial Wall Street reform bill since the era of the Great Depression, and helped bring about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
In this feisty and often moving memoir, Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and grudges that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures, from Tip O’Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with his husband, Jim Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents’ hypocrisies and delusions. Through it all, he expertly analyzes the gifts a successful politician must bring to the job, and how even Congress can be made to work.