Historic Trolley Tours of Falmouth: Beginning September 7, 2016

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS OF FALMOUTH BEGIN SEPTEMBER 7TH!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! To make a reservation, call 508-548-4857, ext. 11!

Trolley Tour PhotoEnjoy an historic trolley tour of Falmouth on Wednesday mornings at 10am.  Five different dates are available:  September 7, 14, 21 & 28, as well as October 5.  Trolleys are enclosed and climate-controlled, allowing the tours to take place rain or shine.

These narrated tours will take visitors along some of the oldest thoroughfares in Falmouth, traveling through downtown Falmouth, Falmouth Heights, Woods Hole and other scenic locales, and will engage those on board about the seafaring history of the town. A stop will also be made at Highfield Hall & Gardens.  Tickets for the two-hour excursion are $ 25 for Historical Society members and $ 30 for non-members.  Reservations are required and these tours have sold out in the past.  To make a reservation, email [email protected] or call 508-548-4857. Tours begin and end at the Falmouth Museums on the Green, 55 & 65 Palmer Avenue.  Those taking the tour should be at the Museums’ Hallett Barn no later than 9:45 am the morning of their reservation.

Credit card reservations should be made at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee that there is room on the trolley. To make a reservation via credit card, click below:


Historic Trolley Tours of Falmouth
Historic Trolley Tours of Falmouth
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Saturday, Sept. 17, 3 pm: Jerry Thornton, “From Darkness to Dynasty: The First 40 Years of the New England Patriots”

Darkness to DynastyLove them or hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment.

Anyone, that is, except for Jerry Thornton. It wasn’tJerry Thornton always sunshine and roses for the Patriots; in fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was exactly the opposite. Though difficult to fathom now, the New England Patriots of old weren’t just bad—they were laughably bad. Not so long ago, the Pats were the laughingstock of not only the NFL but also the entire sporting world.

From Darkness to Dynasty tells the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before. From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy-day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing to the fateful season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first forty years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history. Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear—a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.

 

September 20: Bus Trip to Museum of World War II, Natick, MA

On Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00 am, the Museums on the Green will host a bus trip to the Museum of World War II in Natick, MA. The largest and most comprehensive private collection of World War II artifacts found anywhere in the world, the Museum of World War II makes it its mission to uniquely show the human story interwoven with the military and political events thru all of the artifacts that made up life, from everyday, to the most momentous decisions during the war.

Natick

Space is limited for this special event. Tickets for this are $ 60 each and include transportation to and from Natick as well as Museum admission. Lunch will be separate and held at the Natick Mall.

Please send in a check for $ 60 for each person going NO LATER than September 2, 2016. Checks should be made out to: Falmouth Historical Society, PO Box 174, Falmouth, MA 02541. You can also pay by credit card below:


Bus Trip to Museum of World War II, Sept. 20 2016



Additionally, each person going must print and sign the Museum of World War II’s waiver form and bring that with them. Please click below to get the form: 

Museum of World War II Waiver Form

Wednesday, September 21, 7 pm: Emerson Baker, “A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience”

Storm of WitchcraftBeginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers–mainly young women–suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history.

Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes for the witchcraft that stated in Salem and spread across the region-religious crisis, ergot poisoning, an encephalitis outbreak, frontier war hysteria–but most agree that there was no single factor. Rather, as Emerson Baker illustrates in this seminal new work, Salem was “a perfect storm”: a unique convergence of conditions and events that produced something extraordinary throughout New England in 1692 and the following years, and which has haunted us ever since.Baker shows how a range of factors in the Bay colony in the 1690s, including a new charter and government, a lethal frontier war, and religious and political conflicts, set the stage for the dramatic events in Salem. Engaging a range of perspectives, he looks at the key players in the outbreak–the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them–and wrestles with questions about why the Salem tragedy unfolded as it did, and why it has become an enduring legacy

Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm: Nathalia Holt, “Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars”

The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.

Rise of the Rocket GirlsIn the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.
For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women–known as “human computers”–who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we’ve been, and the far reaches of space to which we’re heading.