Ada Gobetti’s Partisan Diary is both diary and memoir. From a political and military point of view, the Partisan Diary provides firsthand knowledge of how the partisans in Piedmont fought, what obstacles they encountered, and who joined the struggle against the Nazis and the Fascists. The mountainous terrain and long winters of the Alpine regions (the site of many of their battles) and the ever-present threat of reprisals by German occupiers and their fascist partners exacerbated problems of organization among the various partisan groups. So arduous was their fight,that key military events–Italy’s declaration of war on Germany, the fall of Rome, and the Allied landings on D-Day –appear in the diary as remote and almost unrelated incidents. Ada Gobetti writes of the heartbreak of mothers who lost their sons or watched them leave on dangerous missions of sabotage, relating it to worries about her own son Paolo.
Monday, June 6, 2016: “Around the Sound Cruise” with the Island Queen,
A Cruise Around Vineyard Sound as we explore the Sound on the way to the Vineyard, while celebrating the season
(Actual route will be determined that evening)
Complimentary Appetizers and Light Fare (provided by Atria Woodbriar of Falmouth)
Cash Bar (beer, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee)
A unique opportunity to see and learn about some of the special sights of Cape Cod.
Do Not Miss the Boat!
The dock for the Island Queen is at 75 Falmouth Heights Road, Falmouth, MA.
Be there by 5 PM to check-in and board. Island Queen leaves at 5:30 sharp and returns at 7:30 PM. Exact route is dependent on weather and tides. Please carpool. Free dockside parking is limited.
Casual Dress. Recommended to bring a windbreaker and/or sweater and to wear rubber-soled shoes.
To purchase tickets for this special cruise:
If the Island Queen cannot sail, such as in the case of severe weather, the cruise will be postponed until the fall of 2016. If the Island Queen is unable to sail on the designated fall rain date, the cruise will be cancelled. You can then choose to convert your payment to a 100% donation or have your payment refunded. We will post notices of a postponement or cancellation on our website, www.museumsonthegreen.org. We will endeavor to arrange to have such notices also posted on the Island Queen website: www.islandqueen.com
In 1916, at the height of World War One, came Verdun–considered by many to be the greatest and lengthiest in world history. Never before or since has there been a battle of such duration, involving so many men on such a small plot of land. The conflict, which lasted from 21 February 1916 to 19 December 1916, led to casualties estimated at over 700,000 killed, wounded or missing. The battlefield itself was not even 10 square kilometers in size. From a strategic point of view, there could be no justification for these atrocious losses. The battle degenerated into a matter of prestige and principle for two nations, Germany and France, who continued fighting simply for the sake of fighting.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS LECTURE WILL BE HELD AT THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 68 MAIN STREET, FALMOUTH
In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. After four years of war, America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within.
Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led, Washington’s unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters.
2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Harvard educated Misha Teramura looks at what it was like to be a playwright in Renaissance London; some of the actors for whom Shakespeare wrote; his friends and rivals, his patrons and publishers; and other aspects of “The Bard’s” life.
Betty Pack was a dazzling American debutante became an Allied spy during WWII and was hailed by OSS chief General “Wild Bill” Donovan as “the greatest unsung heroine of the war.” She was charming, beautiful and intelligent—and she knew it. As an agent for Britain’s MI-6 and then America’s OSS during World War II, these qualities proved crucial to her success. This is the remarkable story of this “Mata Hari from Minnesota” and the passions that ruled her tempestuous life—a life filled with dangerous liaisons and death-defying missions vital to the Allied victory.
For decades, much of Betty’s career working for MI-6 and the OSS remained classified. Through access to recently unclassified files, Howard Blum discovers the truth about the attractive blond, codenamed “Cynthia,” who seduced diplomats and military attachés across the globe in exchange for ciphers and secrets; cracked embassy safes to steal codes; and obtained the Polish notebooks that proved key to Alan Turing’s success with Operation Ultra.Beneath Betty’s cool, professional determination, Blum reveals a troubled woman conflicted by the very traits that made her successful: her lack of deep emotional connections and her readiness to risk everything. The Last Goodnight is a mesmerizing, provocative, and moving portrait of an exceptional heroine whose undaunted courage helped to save the world.
Thursday, June 16, 7 pm: Appalachian Trail Adventures
There are two ways to hike the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail – thru-hiking it all at once or section hiking it one part at a time. Museums on the Green will feature four men who have done it both ways during a unique Appalachian Trail program at the Cultural Center. Three young college men and friends from Mashpee – Michael Demanche, Brett Depolo and Sam Kooharian – will share their experiences of thru-hiking the trail together from Georgia to Maine in 2015. Jim Haskell of Ipswich, MA, will recount his stories of section hiking the entire trail, trekking roughly 100 miles a year, during 21 consecutive years. His book about his experiences, Two Tents: Twenty-one Years of Discovery on the Appalachian Trail, will be available. The men’s recollections of the people and places they encountered, their photographs of the stunning vistas they viewed, as well as a generous offering of the trail’s nearly 100-year history, promises to provide an informative and entertaining evening.
The Essex—the famous shipwreck that inspired Moby Dick—and its aftermath is a captivating story of a ship’s crew battered by whale attack, broken by four months at sea, and forced—out of necessity—to make meals of their fellow survivors. Dowling delves into the ordeal’s submerged history—the survivors’ lives, ambitions and motives, their pivotal actions during the desperate moments of the wreck itself, and their will to reconcile those actions and their consequences.
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation.
Responsible for orchestrating the American push into the continent was President Thomas Jefferson. He most famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, but at the same time there were other teams who did the same work, in places where it was even more crucial. William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike—all were dispatched on urgent missions to map the frontier and keep up a steady correspondence with Washington about their findings.
But they weren’t always well-matched—with each other and certainly not with a Spanish army of a thousand soldiers or more. These tensions threatened to undermine Jefferson’s goals for the nascent country, leaving the United States in danger of losing its foothold in the West. Deeply researched and inspiringly told, Jefferson’s America rediscovers the robust and often harrowing action from these seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s vision for a continental America.
HOW DO HABITATS IMPACT OUR EXISTENCE?
The Cape’s habitats impact science, technology, art, music, history–every part of our daily existence. This summer, your child will explore the many habitats found right here in Falmouth and how they have influenced those who inhabit them.
We invite your child to engage their curiosity as the Cape Cod Conservatory, the Falmouth Art Center, the Falmouth Museums on the Green, Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration partner with the Falmouth Public Schools to explore the Cape’s habitats.
Guided by teachers and local experts, your child will embark on a five-day hands-on adventure to understand the role and importance of HABITATS on our world and culture.
Join us Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st, 9 am to 1 pm.
Register Early: Enrollment is limited to 25 students. $ 175 per student.
For more information, call email [email protected] or call 508-540-0611
This program made possible by a grant from the Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation, Inc., and the Gordon T. Heald Fund.
It will be an evening of salty songs on the Falmouth Historical Society lawn, Thursday, June 23, 6:00PM, when The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus and The Shifty Sailors, a musical crew from the Pacific Northwest, join Falmouth’s own Rum-Soaked Crooks for a proper “gam” and sing-song.
Formed in 2000, under the direction of Tom Goux, the 25 voice chorus presents a repertoire that reflects the rich maritime heritage of New Bedford and the region. Weaving musical traditions connected to New Bedford Harbor and the New England seafarer, their performances feature the chanteys (work songs) of the Yankee sailor and whaler, ballads and ditties of global mariners and songs of coastwise fisherfolk in North America, the Cape Verde Islands and the British Isles.
The Shifty Sailors hail from Whidbey Island – famed and framed in Puget Sound, just northwest of Seattle, Washington. For over two decades, this group, much like the local singers on the program, has manifested their passion for maritime history and heritage in collecting and sharing their music in concert at festivals, civic events, and charitable organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, California, Oregon, Hawaii, British Columbia, Ireland and, of course, Washington State. The “Shifties” have also found their way to stages in Europe – the Baltic Sea Countries, France, Prague, the British Isles, and Ireland.
The Rum Soaked Crooks ~ Tom Goux, Jacek Sulanowski, Dan Lanier and Iain Geddes-– have been cruising the New England shoreline (and beyond) for the last three decades and have inflicted much musical and poetic damage with a pungent mix of sailors’ chanteys, ballads and ditties. There is often irrefutable evidence left in their wake: victims leaving the scene with toes tapping and choruses ringing in their heads, as they happily hum and whistle all the way home.
The Crooks have shared their songs and stories, both historical and contemporary, at festivals and maritime events across the country and in Europe, and have recorded on the Smithsonian-Folkways and Whaling City Sound labels. Their repertoire spans three centuries of seafaring melody and verse, featuring an exceptional sampling of Cape and Islands sea songs and poetry.