Friday, May 6, 7 pm: Joseph Williams, “Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster”

After being accidentally rammed by the Coast Guard destroyer USS Paulding on December 17, 1927, the USS S-4 submarine sank to the ocean floor off Cape Cod with all forty crew aboard. Only six sailors in the forward torpedo room survived the initial accident, trapped in the compartment with the oxygen running out.
Author and naval historian Joseph A. Williams has delved into never-revealed archival sources to tell the compelling narrative of the S-4 disaster, the first attempt to rescue survivors stranded aboard a modern submarine. As navy deep sea divers struggled to save the imprisoned men, a winter storm raged at the surface, creating some of the worst diving conditions in American history. Circumstances were so terrible that one diver, Fred Michels, became trapped in the wreckage while trying to attach an air hose to the sunken sub—the rescuer now needed to be rescued. It was only through the bravery of a second diver, Thomas Eadie, that Michels was saved. As detailed in Seventeen Fathoms Deep, lessons learned during this great tragedy moved the US Navy to improve submarine rescue technology, which resulted in later successful rescues of other downed submariners.

Thursday, May 19, 7pm: Reid Mitenbuler, “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey”

Bourbon EmpireWhiskey has profoundly influenced America’s political, economic, and cultural destiny, just as those same factors have inspired the evolution and unique flavor of the whiskey itself. Unraveling the many myths and misconceptions surrounding America’s most iconic spirit, Bourbon Empire traces a history that spans frontier rebellion, Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. Taking readers behind the curtain of an enchanting—and sometimes exasperating—industry, the work of writer Reid Mitenbuler crackles with attitude and commentary about taste, choice, and history. Few products better embody the United States, or American business, than bourbon.

 

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May 22nd: Falmouth Walk for History

Walk for History—Sunday, May 22, 2016, 8:00-11:00 am

FALMOUTH HISTORY WALK IS ON FOR MAY 22!

The Museums on the Green invites you to the first  “Falmouth History Walk” on Sunday, May 22nd.  Along the 5k (3.1 miles) walk you will meet costumed characters from Falmouth’s history. You can come in costume, too, or just come as you are.  Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, but chiefly the walk is intended for all, especially families, to participate and appreciate our local history.  Beginning and ending at the Museums on the Green, the path will travel past a number of historic homes and sites in Falmouth. Along the way, at various venues, there will be costumed re-enactors and signs  to signifythat the particular location is of historical importance. You are going to meet pirates, complete with their ship, along the route.

Walkers can go at their own pace. Self-timed runners are also welcome.  Refreshments and a takeaway item will be presented at the finish line.  All funds benefit the Museums on the Green, home of the Falmouth Historical Society.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m..  The walk begins at 9 a.m.  Participants are asked to park at the Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview, Falmouth, and walk across the field to the registration area at the Museums on the Green.  There is no on-street parking available, and no parking in the Congregational Church parking lot.

FalmouthHistoricalWalk2916The walk route:

  • Katharine Lee Bates Road to Shore Road extension
  • Cross Main Street to Shore Street
  • Shore Street to Surf Drive
  • Surf Drive to Mill Road
  • Mill Road to Locust Street
  • Locust Street to West Main Street
  • West Main Street to Hewins Street to Museums on the Green

 

 

Advance registration fee is $ 15 per entrant; $ 30 for immediate families of three or more. Registration fee at the event is $20 per entrant or $40 for immediate families of three or more. To register, fill out the information below, or print registration form and mail with check to Museums on the Green, PO Box 174, Falmouth, MA 02541.

History Walk Registration Form

 

Please click HERE to read FALMOUTH WALK FOR HISTORY 2016 RELEASE FORM

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I represent that I am in good health and in proper physical condition and state of mind to participate in the Walk and accept sole responsibility for my own well-being, conduct, and actions while participating in the Walk and the well-being, conduct and actions of any minors that accompany me during the Walk. I agree to abide by the decision of any Walk official or public safety officer relative to my ability to safely complete the Walk, further acknowledging that I assume all risk associated with the Walk and am solely responsible for knowing whether I should withdraw from the Walk at any time due to weather, health or wellness considerations.

Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, I hereby expressly assume all risks of participating in the Walk and any pre- or post-Walk activities for both myself and for any minors that may accompany me. Further, for myself and for my spouse, children, guardians, heirs and next of kin, and any legal and personal representatives, I hereby waive and release and agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Museums on the Green, Inc., the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and all of their sponsors, directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives and successors (collectively and individually, as the context may require, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, causes of action, damages, or liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of my participation in the Walk and any pre- and post-Walk activities, even though such claim, cause of action or liability may arise in whole or in part out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the Released Parties.

I grant to Museums on the Green and its sponsors and licensees the exclusive right to the free use of my image, name, my voice, and/or my picture or recording in any broadcast, telecast, advertising, promotion or other account of the Walk. I acknowledge that my entry fee is non-refundable, including if the race is cancelled. I agree I will not chargeback or dispute the relevant credit card transaction. Issuance of a Walk number is a license, only, revocable in the discretion of the Walk in the event of my violation of any law or any Walk policy, including disruption of the Walk, or my failure to follow directions given by public safety officials or Walk officials.
By proceeding with this event registration, I agree that the terms of this Registration Agreement shall apply equally to me and to any third parties for whom you are acting as agent. I represent and warrant that if I am registering a child under eighteen (18) years of age I am the parent or legal guardian of such child. Further, in consideration of the entry of any child under the age of eighteen (18), I, as the parent or legal guardian of the entrant, agree to all the conditions hereof on behalf of the entrant, intending them to be bound fully by the terms hereof, and agreeing to the above on my own behalf, according to the terms stated herein.

ADVANCE ENTRY FEE:
 $15 per registrant $30 families of two or more

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Mail to: P. O. Box 174, Falmouth, MA 02541

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Participants are encouraged–but it is certainly not necessary–to wear costumes as they do their walk, of any period in Falmouth history (from 1686 to the 1960’s). Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded.  Need ideas as to what people wore during a certain era?  Click on below for links to historical dress from various periods:Colonial ClothingRevolutionary War EraVictorian Era

Civil War Era

Roaring Twenties

World War 2 Era

1950’s Clothing

1960’s Clothing

Tuesday, May 24, 7 pm: Christopher Oldstone Moore: “Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair”

Of Beards and ManBeards—they’re all the rage these days. Take a look around: from hip urbanites to rustic outdoorsmen, well-groomed metrosexuals to post-season hockey players, facial hair is everywhere. The New York Times traces this hairy trend to Big Apple hipsters circa 2005 and reports that today some New Yorkers pay thousands of dollars for facial hair transplants to disguise patchy, juvenile beards. And in 2014, blogger Nicki Daniels excoriated bearded hipsters for turning a symbol of manliness and power into a flimsy fashion statement. The beard, she said, has turned into the padded bra of masculinity. Of Beards and Men makes the case that today’s bearded renaissance is part of a centuries-long cycle in which facial hairstyles have varied in response to changing ideals of masculinity. Christopher Oldstone-Moore explains that the clean-shaven face has been the default style throughout Western history—see Alexander the Great’s beardless face, for example, as the Greek heroic ideal. But the primacy of razors has been challenged over the years by four great bearded movements, beginning with Hadrian in the second century and stretching to today’s bristled resurgence. The clean-shaven face today, Oldstone-Moore says, has come to signify a virtuous and sociable man, whereas the beard marks someone as self-reliant and unconventional. History, then, has established specific meanings for facial hair, which both inspire and constrain a man’s choices in how he presents himself to the world. This fascinating and erudite history of facial hair cracks the masculine hair code, shedding light on the choices men make as they shape the hair on their faces. Oldstone-Moore adeptly lays to rest common misperceptions about beards and vividly illustrates the connection between grooming, identity, culture, and masculinity. To a surprising degree, we find, the history of men is written on their faces.

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Tuesday, May 31, 7 pm: Candy Leonard, “Beatleness: How the Beatles and their Fans Remade the World”

BeatlenessThe Beatles arrived in the United States on February 7, 1964, and immediately became a constant, compelling presence in fans’ lives. For the next six years, the band presented a nonstop deluge of sounds, words, images, and ideas, transforming the childhood and adolescence of millions of baby boomers.
Beatleness explains how the band became a source of emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual nurturance in fans’ lives, creating a relationship that was historically unique. Looking at that relationship against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War, political assassinations, and other events of those tumultuous years, the book examines critically the often-heard assertion that the Beatles “changed everything” and shows how—through the interplay between the group, the fans, and the culture—that change came about.
A generational memoir and cultural history based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with first-generation fans, Beatleness allows readers to experience—or re-experience—what it was like to be a young person during those eventful and transformative years. Its fresh approach offers many new insights into the entire Beatle phenomenon and explains why the group still means so much to so many.

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