American Tempest: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution

Friday, March 30, 6:30 pm
with Harlow Giles Unger

Award‐winning author Harlow Giles Unger comes to Falmouth to discuss his latest work. In 1773, an estimated seven dozen men, many dressed as Indians, dumped roughly £10,000 worth of tea in Boston Harbor. Whatever their motives at the time, they unleashed a social, political, and economic firestorm that would culminate in the Declaration of Independence two‐and‐a‐half years later. The Boston Tea Party provoked a reign of terror in Boston and other American cities as tea parties erupted up and down the colonies. The turmoil stripped tens of thousands of their homes and property, and nearly 100,000 left forever in what was history’s largest exodus of Americans from America. Nonetheless, John Adams called the Boston Tea Party nothing short of “magnificent,” saying that “it must have important consequences.”

Combining stellar scholarship with action‐packed history, Unger reveals the truth behind the legendary event and examines its lasting consequence‐‐the spawning of a new, independent nation.

(Lecture to be held at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street, Falmouth, MA)

The House of Velvet and Glass

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 pm
with Katherine Howe

A scintillating speaker and storyteller, Katherine Howe, author of the bestselling “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane”, returns with her latest work. A historical novel set in 1915 Boston; Sibyl Allston is still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, and is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal‐plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help. From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist that will leave readers breathless.

(Lecture to be held at the Cape Cod Conservatory, 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA)

Clearing the Coastline: The Ecological and Cultural Transformations of Cape Cod

Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm
with Matthew McKenzie

In just over a century Cape Cod was transformed from barren agricultural wasteland to bountiful fishery to pastoral postcard wilderness suitable for the tourist trade. This complex social, ecological, and scientific transformation fundamentally altered how Cape Codders used and managed their local marine resources, and determined how they eventually lost them. The Cape Cod story takes the usual land‐use progression—from pristine wilderness to exploitation of resources to barren wasteland—and turns it on its head. Clearing the Coastline shows how fishermen abandoned colonial traditions of small‐scale fisheries management, and how ecological, cultural, and scientific changes, as well as commercial pressures, eroded established, local conservation regimes. Without these protections, small fish and small fishermen alike were cleared from Cape Cod’s coastal margins to make room for new people, whose reinvention of the Cape as a pastoral “wilderness” allowed them to overlook the social and ecological dislocation that came before.

(Lecture to be held at the Cape Cod Conservatory, 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA)

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

Saturday, June 2, 5:00 pm
with Tony Horwitz

The Boston Globe’s “Best Nonfiction Book of 2011”, written by bestselling author Tony Horwitz, “Midnight Rising” talks of the beginnings of the American Civil War. Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slave-holding South. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America’s founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a dashing spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harper’s Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown’s capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown’s dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called “a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale.”

(Lecture to be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Main Street, Falmouth)

The Enigma Machine and the D-Day Invasion

Wednesday June 6, 7:00 pm
D-Day Deceptions: The Enigma Machine and its role at the Normandy Invasion
with Mark Schmidt

The story of the D-Day invasion and the Allied landing at Normandy—the mission that turned the tide of war in Europe— is one that has stirred the imagination of the Western world since 1944. But how were the leaders and troops able to successfully complete this mission, and how did the Allies break the code of the infamous Enigma code machine used by the Nazis? What devices were used to trick the Nazis and make this event successful?

Mark Schmidt, Executive Director of the Falmouth Historical Society and former director of the Museum of World War II, will talk regarding these aspects of the invasion, and how it will be remembered on the 68th anniversary of the Normandy landing.

(This lecture will be held at Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA)

In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti: Double Lives, Troubled Times and the Massachusetts Murder Case that Shook the World

June 8, 7:00 pm
with Susan Tejada

It was a bold and brutal crime‐‐robbery and murder in broad daylight on the streets of South Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1920. Tried for the crime and convicted, two Italian‐born laborers, anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, went to the electric chair in 1927, professing their innocence. Journalist Susan Tejada has spent years investigating the case, sifting through diaries and police reports and interviewing descendants of major figures. She discovers little‐known facts about Sacco, Vanzetti, and their supporters, and develops a tantalizing theory about how a doomed insider may have been coerced into helping professional criminals plan the heist.

(Lecture to be held at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street, Falmouth)

1812: The Navy’s War

June 13, 7:00 pm
with George Daughan

Prize‐winning author and historian George Daughan remembers the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 by examining the role of the fledgling United States Navy and how it was able to deliver victory against the larger and more powerful British fleet. This is the first account in more than a century of how the American navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America’s future.

(Lecture to be held at the Cape Cod Conservatory, 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA)

Clash of Titans: Grant vs. Lee, 1864-1865

June 20, 6:30 pm
with Michael McNaught

From May 1864 until the war’s end eleven months later, U.S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac slugged it out with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia across the fields and woods of central Virginia. Facing Grant’s overwhelming superiority in men and materiel, Lee again and again showed his tactical genius in the utilization of his diminishing resources.

(Lecture to be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Main Street, Falmouth)

Pox: An American History

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm
with Michael Willrich

Award‐winning historian Michael Willrich offers a gripping chronicle of how the nationwide fight against smallpox launched one of the most important civil liberties struggles of the twentieth century. At the turn of the last century, a powerful smallpox epidemic swept the United States from coast to coast. The ageold disease spread swiftly through an increasingly interconnected American landscape: from southern tobacco plantations to the dense immigrant neighborhoods of northern cities to far‐flung villages on the edges of the nascent American empire. Willrich delivers a riveting tale about the clash of modern medicine, civil liberties, and government power at the turn of the last century that resonates powerfully today.

Twilight in the Garden

Sunday, July 15: 5‐9 pm

Spend an elegant and enchanting evening of dinner, music and dancing in the gardens of the Historical Society, with a plated dinner and a potpourri of music. A spectacular night of sophistication, friendship and relaxation on the Cape. Tickets are limited.

Beyond the Titanic

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm
Global Shipwrecks and their Discoveries
with David Gallo and Stephanie Murphy

2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute teams up with the Historical Society to discuss their role in what was found in the wreckage of the Titanic as well as many other shipwrecks that they have worked on across the globe.

The Curse of the Bambino

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 pm
with David Kruh

2012 is the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Historian David Kruh will take visitors back to a time, when the team (just like today) captured the heart and soul of its citizens and was also (like today) inexorably intertwined with politics and politicians. Kruh will also discuss the real story behind Harry Frazee, his purchase of the Red Sox, and later of a young Babe Ruth. Then we’ll learn the differing reasons why, in 1920, the Babe was sold to the New York Yankees. You’ll be surprised at the answer.

Home Sweet Home: Music of the Civil War

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 pm
with Diane Taraz

“(Music has) done more than a hundred generals and a thousand orators.”
—Abraham Lincoln

“I don’t think we could have an army without music.”
—Robert E. Lee

The power of “home” lay at the heart of the Civil War and helps explain the wide range of responses to the conflict. For every stereotype there were many exceptions, and Diane Taraz explores fascinating people and events through the songs enjoyed by everyone from the lowliest field hand to the President of the United States. The music reflects the diversity of Americans of all races, sexes, and walks of life as they struggled through these dark yet inspiring years. Diane performs in period attire and accompanies herself on guitar and lap dulcimer.

A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 pm
with Robert Cox

New England’s culinary history is marked by a varying array of chowders. Early forms were thick and layered, but the adaptability of this beloved recipe has allowed for a multitude of tasty preparations to emerge. Thick or thin, brimming with fish or clams or corn, chowder springs up throughout the region in as many distinctive varieties as there are ports of call. It remains the quintessential expression of New England cuisine. Food writer and chowder connoisseur Robert S. Cox dishes out the history, flavors and significance of every New Englander’s favorite comfort food.

(To be Held at Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford Street)

Dr. Joseph Warren: Medicine, Heroics, and Romance in Revolutionary Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm
with author Samuel Forman

Joseph Warren, once nationally famous, is now remembered in regional history as the person who dispatched Paul Revere on that famous ride and as the hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. In his new biography of Warren, author Sam Forman sheds light on these compelling stories of the American Founder “whom the ladies judged handsome.” He will also discuss Warren’s, and Massachusetts contemporaries like Falmouth’s own Dr. Francis Wicks’ practice of 18th century medicine and their efforts to defeat the dreaded small‐pox.

(To Be Held at First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street)

Let’s Get Away from it All: The Boston to Cape Cod Jazz Pipeline

Thursday, September 27th, 7:00 pm
with Richard Vacca

It happened every year. Come Memorial Day, the Boston clubs shut down for the summer, not to reopen until September. But it wasn’t vacation time for the musicians. They followed the crowds (and the work) to the mountains and on the shore, and for the Boston jazz musicians, that mainly meant Cape Cod. You could hear the best of Boston jazz nightly in places like George Wein’s Storyville in Harwich; the Southward Inn in Orleans; and the Columns of West Dennis.  Sam Parkins, Teddi King, Dick Wetmore, Phil Edmunds, Bobby Hackett, Dave McKenna–a long list of jazz stars moved back and forth on Route 3 in the fifties, sixties and seventies. Join Boston-based writer Richard Vacca, author of “The Boston Jazz Chronicles”, as he introduces these musicians and others who were equally well-known on both ends of the Boston/Cape Cod pipeline.

(To Be Held at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street)

A Day with Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, October 13, 2012: 4:00 pm

Reenactor Jan Turnquist from Orchard House in Concord comes to Falmouth to recreate the life and works of Massachusetts author Louisa May Alcott. This will be a program for all ages to appreciate the impact of her work and her many interests that go far beyond “Little Women”.

(To be held at the West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Highway)

Did Falmouth Have a Role in the Isabella Stuart Gardner Heist?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 7:00 pm
An evening with B.A. Shapiro, author of “The Art Forger”

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth over $ 500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and there has been speculation that these works of art were, at one time, hidden in Falmouth.

Author B.A. Shapiro will discuss her new novel, “The Art Forger”, based on that theft and where these works of art may have gone.

Religion and History: The Origins of the Christian Images of Jesus Christ and of Sin

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:00 pm
with Paula Fredriksen

Award-winning Boston University historian of religion Paula Fredriksen comes to Falmouth to discuss the evolution of thought and religion as it pertains to the Christian views of Jesus and of sin. Ancient Christians invoked sin to account for an astonishing range of things–from the death of God’s son to the politics of the Roman Emprie that worshiped him. Fredriksen tells the surprising story of early Christian concepts of sin, exploring the ways that sin came to shape ideas about God no less than about humanity.

February 6th, Stacy Cordery: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

  • Wednesday, February 6th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Stacy Cordery, author of “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

To honor the centennial of the founding of the Girl Scouts, author Stacy Cordery will discuss her new book about the energetic and charismatic Juliette Gordon Low, who was unhappy with her life of privilege and sought to create an enterprise that would be fulfilling for young ladies.

March 6: Eric Jay Dolin, “When America First Met China”

  • Wednesday, March 6th, 7:00 pm:  Lecture: Eric Jay Dolin, author of “When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs and Money in the Age of Sail”

An episode in maritime history that few have explored, Eric Jay Dolin discusses how a young, brash naval power encounters an ancient empire in a story of opium smugglers, sea pirates and dueling clipper ships.

April 10: James T. Patterson, “The Eve of Destruction”

  • Wednesday, April 10th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: James T. Patterson, author of “The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America”

Although the United States was deeply impacted by the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, it still seemed on the doorstep of a golden age.  However, by the end of 1965, events had occurred that caused the US to go down a different path.  Historian James Patterson examines how the tumultuous year 1965 created “the Sixties” as we knew them.


April 16: Nancy Rubin Stuart, “Defiant Brides”

  • Tuesday, April 16th, 7:oo pm: Lecture: Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of “Defiant Brides: The True Life Account of the Wives of Benedict Arnold and Gen. Henry Knox”

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial debts and political intrigues prompted her to conspire with her treasonous husband against George Washington and the American Revolution. In spite of her commendable efforts to rehabilitate her husband’s name, Peggy Shippen continues to be remembered as a traitor bride.
Peggy’s patriotic counterpart was Lucy Flucker, the spirited and voluptuous brunette, who in 1774 defied her wealthy Tory parents by marrying a poor Boston bookbinder simply for love. When her husband, Henry Knox, later became a famous general in the American Revolutionary War, Lucy faithfully followed him through Washington’s army camps where she birthed and lost babies, befriended Martha Washington, was praised for her social skills, and secured her legacy as an admired patriot wife.
And yet, a closer look at the lives of both spirited women reveals that neither was simply a “traitor” or “patriot.” In Defiant Brides, the first dual biography of both Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flucker Knox,Stuart has crafted a rich portrait of two rebellious women who defied expectations and struggled—publicly and privately—in a volatile political moment in early America.

April 17: Walter Stahr, “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man”

  • Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Walter Stahr, author of “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man”

William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U.S. senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincoln’s closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters. Some of Lincoln’s critics even saw Seward, erroneously, as the power behind the throne; this is why John Wilkes Booth and his colleagues attempted to kill Seward as well as Lincoln. Seward survived the assassin’s attack, continued as secretary of state, and emerged as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s controversial successor. Through his purchase of Alaska (“Seward’s Folly”), and his groundwork for the purchase of the Canal Zone and other territory, Seward set America on course to become a world empire.

May 2: Jefferson Morley, “Snow Storm in August”

  • Thursday, May 2nd, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Jefferson Morley, author of “Snow Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten Race Riot of 1835”

In 1835, the city of Washington pulsed with change. As newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, free blacks outnumbered slaves for the first time. Radical notions of abolishing slavery circulated on the city’s streets, and white residents were forced to confront new ideas of what the nation’s future might look like.
On the night of August 4th, Arthur Bowen, an eighteen-year-old slave, stumbled into the bedroom where his owner, Anna Thornton, slept. He had an ax in the crook of his arm. An alarm was raised, and he ran away. Word of the incident spread rapidly, and within days, Washington’s first race riot exploded, as whites fearing a slave rebellion attacked the property of the free blacks. Residents dubbed the event the “Snow-Storm,” in reference to the central role of Beverly Snow, a flamboyant former slave turned successful restaurateur, who became the target of the mob’s rage.In the wake of the riot came two sensational criminal trials that gripped the city. Prosecuting both cases was none other than Francis Scott Key, a politically ambitious attorney famous for writing the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” who few now remember served as the city’s district attorney for eight years. Key defended slavery until the twilight’s last gleaming, and pandered to racial fears by seeking capital punishment for Arthur Bowen. But in a surprise twist his prosecution was thwarted by Arthur’s ostensible victim, Anna Thornton, a respected socialite who sought the help of President Andrew Jackson.
Ranging beyond the familiar confines of the White House and the Capitol, Snow-Storm in August delivers readers into an unknown chapter of American history with a textured and absorbing account of the racial secrets and contradictions that coursed beneath the freewheeling capital of a rising world power.

May 8: Lecture: Michael Tougias, author of “A Storm Too Soon”

  • Wednesday, May 8th, 7:00 pm: Lecture:  Michael Tougias, author of “A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Survival and a Remarkable Rescue

In honor of Maritime History Month, the Society presents the true tale of an amazing 2007 Coast Guard rescue in the Atlantic, and how those rescued, as well as the rescuers themselves, battled the elements to simply not allow lives to perish. This is the tale of the one of the largest and most intense rescues in Coast Guard history.

May 15: “Crime Time: How to Write a Mystery!” with Sandra Lee, Michele McPhee and Kyle Darcy

  • Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: “Crime Time: How to Write about a Mystery!”  with Sandra Lee, author of “The Shanty”, along with Michele McPhee, author of “A Mob Story” and Kyle Darcy, author of “Under Current Conditions”

Two popular female authors—one involving fiction, one in non-fiction—, as well as a novelist whose work is based on fact–come to Falmouth to team up to discuss their works and what goes into successfully writing about mysteries.

May 30: Mark Schmidt, “The Man Who Never Was: WW2’s Boldest Intelligence Operation”

  • Thursday, May 30th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Mark Schmidt, “The Man Who Never Was: World War II’s Boldest Counter-Intelligence Operation”

As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. The innovative plot was so successful that the Germans moved some of their forces away from Sicily, and two weeks into the real invasion still expected an attack in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.  Failure could have had devastating results. Success, however, brought a decided change in the course of the war.

June 3rd: Lecture: Robert Weintraub, author of “The Victory Season”

Monday, June 3rd, 7:00 pm.

  • Robert Weintraub, author of “The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age”

In 1945 Major League Baseball had become a ghost of itself. Parks were half empty, the balls were made with fake rubber, and mediocre replacements roamed the fields, as hundreds of players, including the game’s biggest stars, were serving abroad, devoted to unconditional Allied victory in World War II.But by the spring of 1946, the country was ready to heal. The war was finally over, and as America’s fathers and brothers were coming home, so too were the sport’s greats. Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Joe DiMaggio returned with bats blazing, making the season a true classic that ended in a thrilling seven-game World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. America also witnessed the beginning of a new era in baseball-it was a year of attendance records, the first year Yankee Stadium held night games, the last year the Green Monster wasn’t green, and, most significant, Jackie Robinson’s first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ system.
The Victory Season brings to vivid life these years of baseball and war, including the little known “World Series” that servicemen played in a captured Hitler Youth stadium in the fall of 1945. Robert Weintraub’s extensive research and vibrant storytelling enliven the legendary season that embodies what we now think of as the game’s golden era.

Free Movie Mondays


Free Movie Mondays!

 Experience what was going on during the 1940’s when, in conjunction with our “There’s a War On! The Falmouth Home Front, 1940-1945” exhibit, we will be showing movies that were playing in the theaters during that era. 

And, the admission is free!

Here is what is on tap: 

  • June 24—“Casablanca” (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, 1942)
  • July 8—“Yankee Doodle Dandy (James Cagney, 1942)
  • July 15—“Arsenic and Old Lace” (Cary Grant, 1944)
  • July 22—“Meet Me in St. Louis” (Judy Garland, 1944)
  • July 29—“Sergeant York” (Gary Cooper, 1941)

June 12: Arlene Kay, “Die Laughing: A Cape Cod Mystery”

  • Wednesday, June 12th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Arlene Kay, author of “Die Laughing: A Cape Cod Mystery”

When a vicious murder shatters the peaceful Cape Cod town of Goodhaven, graduate student Nicole Nelson vows to find the culprit. She’s pitted against a cast of quirky local characters with buried secrets and motives aplenty. Did the victim know too much, or did someone covet her fabulous collection of high-end comics? Nicole joins forces with a snobbish lawyer and a gorgeous stranger to avenge her friend and find the murderer.

June 20th: Casey Sherman, author of “Animal”

Thursday, June 20th, 7:00 pm

  • Lecture: Casey Sherman, author of “Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob’s Most Feared Assassin”

Joe Barboza knew that there were two requirements for getting inducted into the Mafia. You had to be Sicilian. And you had to commit a contract killing. The New Bedford-born mobster was a proud Portuguese, not Sicilian, but his dream to be part of La Cosa Nostra proved so strong that he thought he could create a loophole. If he killed enough men, if he did enough of the Mafia’s dirtiest biddings, then they would have no choice but to make him a Made Man. Barboza’s brutal rise during one of the deadliest mob wars in U.S. history became the stuff of legend, both on the bloodied streets of Boston and in the offices of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General. He took sick joy in his crimes, and it became increasingly difficult for the mob to keep the Animal on his leash. But soon the hunter became the hunted. Betrayed by the mob and now on the run, Boston’s most notorious contract killer forged a Faustian bargain with two unscrupulous FBI agents–a pact that would transform the U.S. criminal justice system. From false testimony and manipulated evidence that sent mob leaders to death row, to the creation of the Witness Protection Program so the feds could protect their prized, cold-blooded witness, this was the horrific, dramatic first act in a story of murder and FBI corruption still being played out today in the news and the courtroom with the capture and trial of Whitey Bulger. Barboza’s legacy, buried for years thanks to the murders or deaths of its participants, is finally coming to light and being told in its unvarnished brutality by one of America’s most respected true crime writers.

June 26: Thomas Craughwell, “Thomas Jefferson’s Creme Brulee”

  • Wednesday, June 26th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Thomas Craughwell, author of “Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brulee: How a Founding Father and his slave introduced French cuisine to America”

This culinary biography recounts the 1784 deal that Thomas Jefferson struck with his slaves, James Hemings. The founding father was traveling to Paris and wanted to bring James along “for a particular purpose”— to master the art of French cooking. In exchange for James’s cooperation, Jefferson would grant his freedom. 

Thus began one of the strangest partnerships in United States history. As Hemings apprenticed under master French chefs, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) so that they might be replicated in American agriculture. The two men returned home with such marvels as pasta, French fries, Champagne, macaroni and cheese, crème brûlée, and a host of other treats. This narrative history tells the story of their remarkable adventure—and even includes a few of their favorite recipes!

June 27th: Stephanie Schorow, author of “Drinking Boston”

  • Thursday, June 27th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Stephanie Schorow, author of “Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits”

From the revolutionary camaraderie of the Colonial taverns to the saloons of the turn of the century; from Prohibition—a period rife with class politics, social reform, and opportunism—to a trail of nightclub neon so vast, it was called the “Conga Belt”, Drinking Boston is a tribute to the fascinating role alcohol has played throughout the city s history. Teasing out this curious relationship—in particular, the clash between a constrained Puritanism (lingering like a hangover today) and a raucous revolutionary spirit—Drinking Boston introduces the cast of characters who championed or vilified drinking and the places where they imbibed—legally and otherwise. Visiting some of Boston s most storied neighborhood bars, this pub crawl ends with Boston s distinct recipe for the current cocktail renaissance sweeping the nation. Stephanie Schorow serves up a remarkable cocktail representative of Boston s intoxicating story: its spirit of invention, its hardscrabble politics, its mythology, and the city s never-ending battle between personal freedom and civic reform.

July 10: Tom Reiss, “The Black Count”

  • Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Tom Reiss, author of “The Black Count: Revolution, Betrayal and the real Count of Monte Cristo”


Generations have been enthralled by Alexandre Dumas’ characters, especially the wronged hero in The Count of Monte Cristo and the daring swordsmen in The Three Musketeers. Yet few realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas’ father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a mulatto general in a slave-owning empire truly was. From single-handedly holding a bridge in the Alps against 20 enemies to spending years held captive in a fortress, Alex Dumas is a fascinating character that not even his son’s vivid imagination could have dreamed up, and how a jealous Napoleon ruined his reputation.

July 17: Special Event: A Night with Evan Thomas

  • Wednesday, July 17th, 7:00 pm: Special Event: A Night with Evan Thomas, author of “Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike’s White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world, or its end.
This is the story of how he won.

July 21st: Twilight in the Garden: Cocktails, Tapas & Music

The party of the summer will be on Sunday, July 21st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Come enjoy the food, the music, the ambience of the Museum’s gardens; take part in our raffles; and spend some time luxuriating in the splendor of the season!  This event is always popular and sells out quickly!

Get your tickets here:


Twilight in the Garden: Cocktails, Tapas & Musis

July 30: Harm de Blij, “Why Geography Matters”

  • Tuesday, July 30th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Harm de Blij, author of “Why Geography Matters

In recent years our world has seen transformations of all kinds: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict in Equatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an economic crisis threatening the stability of the international system. Is there some way we can get our minds around these disparate global upheavals, to grasp these events and their interconnections, and place our turbulent world in a more understandable light? Acclaimed author Harm de Blij answers this question with one word: geography. He also argues that the US has become geographically illiterate, and that this trend must change.


August 5: Michael Burgess: The 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics

  • Monday, August 5th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Michael Burgess, author of “A Long Shot to Glory: How Lake Placid Saved the Winter Olympics and Restored the Nation’s Pride”

Sometimes life is like a movie. There are moments and events in life – not often – that are as exciting and as dramatic as a movie. What happened in Lake Placid, New York in February 1980 at the Thirteenth Winter Olympics was such a time. For those who experienced it in person or watched the games on television, they remember where they were when the US hockey team beat the Soviet Union and then beat the team from Finland two days later to win the gold medal. The sports victory of an underdog group of college kids was thrilling enough but it was a win against the Soviet Union. This Cold War adversary was also the nation hosting the summer games later that year which the United States was threatening to boycott.
What happened on the hockey ice was improbable enough, but the Lake Placid Winter Games were a long shot, if not a miracle too. Winning the games had been an unlikely decades-long quest for this small town to overcome the barriers of exploding finances, environmental concerns and world politics. Few remember that the 1980 games were never supposed to take place in Lake Placid. They came to the small village because of unexpected events which unfolded and made the two weeks in the remote Adirondacks before a worldwide audience of nearly a billion viewers one of the most dramatic times in the modern era of sports, media and politics. It would not be too much of a stretch to say that the Lake Placid Games, which brought the “Miracle on Ice,” saved the Winter Olympics in 1980 and greatly enhanced them for the future.

August 7: Arthur Richmond, “The Evolution of the Cape Cod House”

  • Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Arthur Richmond, author of “The Evolution of the Cape Cod House

The Cape Cod house has seen many different and popular architectural styles from its beginnings more than six centuries ago to the present. The story starts in rural England where yeomen and tradesmen built their small one to one-and-a-half story timber framed cottages. The first settlers that came to the New World and settled in Massachusetts built comparable cottages in the 1620s. After explaining the three basic variations half cape, three quarter cape, and full cape, Richmond examines more than 100 historic houses spread throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. A must for anyone interested in architecture, Cape Cod, and the most admired of American homes.

August 8: Lecture: Cameron Stracher, author of “Kings of the Road”

Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm.

  • Lecture: Cameron Stracher, author of “Kings of the Road: How Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Alberto Salazar made Running go Boom!”

Running is so popular in America that it’s easy to assume it always has been. It hasn’t. In the 1970s and 1980s, three men transformed running from a sleepy sport. Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Alberto Salazar inspired millions of Americans to become runners themselves. Cameron Stracher gives us unparalleled access to these men’s lives and a unique lens onto two decades of financial and political turmoil. While the country floundered, Americans found solace in their new sport.

                    For years running was too repetitive to attract many spectators. When TV sets found their ways into most American homes, people watched baseball. Then, in quick succession, came three fantastic athletes. Each one bested the race track in their own way. Med school dropout Frank Shorter’s dramatic Olympic victory in the marathon was the first for an American in 64 years. 22-year-old Alberto Salazar broke the nation’s record in the first marathon he ever ran. Salazar pushed himself so hard in one race that he suffered heat stroke and a body temperature of 108 degrees, only to finish after Bill Rodgers.

August 11th: “Broadway Celebrates the Seas” with Stephanie Miele

  • Sunday, August 11th, 3:00 pm: Special Concert with Stephanie Miele: “Broadway Celebrates the Seas”

Presented by vocalist Stephanie Miele, pianist Alice Carey, and bassist John Wall.

 Many musical theater pieces have been inspired by the ocean, the thrill of traveling to unfamiliar places, and the joy of returning home.  Please join us as we perform songs written by Rodgers and Hammerstein,Leonard Bernstein, Kander and Ebb,  Stephen Schwartz, and others who have explored these ideas.

August 14: John Ross, “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough”

  • Wednesday, August 14th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: John Ross, author of “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers”

Part of the Dr. Francis Wicks lecture series involving medical history. John Ross cheerfully debunks old biographical myths and suggests fresh diagnoses for these writers’ real-life medical mysteries. The author takes us way back, when leeches were used for bleeding and cupping was a common method of cure, to a time before vaccinations, sterilized scalpels, or real drug regimens. With a healthy dose of gross descriptions and a deep love for the literary output of these ten greats, Ross is the doctor these writers should have had in their time of need.

September 18: John Galluzzo, “Half an Hour a Day Across Massachusetts”

  • Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: John Galluzzo, author of “Half an Hour a Day Across Massachusetts”

In 2009, Massachusetts naturalist and historian John J. Galluzzo set out to take a half an hour walk every single day in a different place, no matter what the weather was like, no matter what state his health was in. In 2011, he took things 351 steps further. Staring down classic New England snowstorms he set out in January on a new project, determined to walk for a half an hour in every town and city in Massachusetts on protected open space. He stormed the beaches of Cape Cod with the same ferocity with which he scaled the mountains of BerkshireCounty. Through rain, heat, mud and mosquitoes, he checked off towns and counties as he took note of wildlife sightings, all the while wearing his way through numerous pairs of shoes. Along the way, personal tragedy struck, within sight of his goal. The debate raged in his head – continue to the end, or drop the project to start again another year? Join John as he marches his way through the BayState, proving once and for all that a nature trail, or at least a nature experience, is never that far away for residents of Massachusetts.

Stephen Brumwell lecture: “George Washington: Gentleman Warrior”, Oct. 17, 11 am

Thursday, October 17th, 11 am:

Author Stephen Brumwell discusses his latest book, “George Washington: Gentleman Warrior”.


Award-winning British author and historian Stephen Brumwell comes to Falmouth to discuss his research on the man who was voted “Britain’s Greatest Foe”. Brumwell’s book has won the prestigious George Washington Book Award for 2013. In it, he shows a sometimes overlooked side of Washington—the feisty young frontier officer and the tough commander of the ragtag revolutionary Continental army.  Washington ironically also relied upon English models of ‘gentlemanly’ behavior and British military organization to forge an army and to establish his leadership of it. Brumwell paints a fresh picture of a man who fused this gentlemanly behavior and warrior leader to ultimately lead his army to victory.

Anthony Sammarco, “The History of Howard Johnson’s”, Saturday, Oct. 19, 3 pm

Saturday, October 19th, 3 pm:

Author Anthony Sammarco discusses his new best seller, “The History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon”.


Howard Johnson created an orange-roofed empire of ice cream stands and restaurants that stretched from Maine to Florida and all the way to the West Coast. Popularly known as the “Father of the Franchise Industry,” Johnson delivered good food and prices that brought appreciative customers back for more. The attractive white Colonial Revival restaurants, with eye-catching porcelain tile roofs, illuminated cupolas and sea blue shutters, were described in Reader’s Digest in 1949 as the epitome of “eating places that look like New England town meeting houses dressed up for Sunday.” Boston historian and author Anthony M. Sammarco recounts how Howard Johnson introduced twenty-eight flavors of ice cream, the “Tendersweet” clam strips, grilled frankforts and a menu of delicious and traditional foods that families eagerly enjoyed when they traveled.

Noted Boston historian Anthony Sammarco, himself an author of over 60 books, will be in Falmouth to talk about the empire created by Howard Johnson and what it meant to Americans.

Bob Halloran, “Impact Statement”, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 pm

Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00 pm

Author Bob Halloran discusses his new book, “Impact Statement: A Family’s Fight for Justice against Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi and the FBI”.


No one can deny that mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi are two of the most brutal killers in American history—not even the two gangsters themselves. However, of the various murders for which Bulger has been convicted, the jury has denied the Davis family closure for the slaying of Debbie Davis, Flemmi’s beautiful young girlfriend who went missing in 1981, and whose remains were found nearly twenty years later under the Neponset River Bridge in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Now serving a life sentence, Stephen Flemmi testified in 2003 in graphic detail how he lured Debbie to a house in South Boston where Bulger jumped from out of the shadows and strangled her to death. Flemmi then extracted her teeth and buried her body by the Neponset River while Bulger watched. Bulger wanted Debbie dead, Flemmi claimed, because she knew that the two men were meeting with an FBI agent named John Connolly. That, and he might have been a little jealous of the time Flemmi and Debbie were spending together. Throughout his trial, Bulger stubbornly insisted that he never would have committed the dishonorable act of killing a woman. In the end, it was one stone-cold murderer’s testimony against another’s.

In Impact Statement, veteran journalist Bob Halloran of WCVB, Channel 5 in Boston, looks at the devastating impact Bulger and Flemmi have had on the Davis family, whose longstanding relationship with the two mobsters cost them a father, two sisters, and a brother. Through up-to-the-minute coverage of Bulger’s criminal trial and extensive interviews with Debbie’s brother Steve Davis, a one-time protégé of Flemmi’s and now an outspoken advocate for the victims’ families, Halloran has pieced together this unique and compelling story of a family’s ongoing quest for justice.

“Preserving the Bounty” Workshop October 16

Preserving the Bounty

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 10am-12pm

Education Center

$15 per person

Join the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s Buy Fresh Buy Local for this workshop to learn the basics of the simplest forms of food preservation by drying locally-grown herbs and safely preparing herb vinegars. The holidays are coming and it’s a perfect time to share the local bounty from Cape Cod with family and friends. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves to work in the museum kitchen and leave with your own herbal salt blend and bottle of herb vinegar. Reservations required. Attendance limited to 20 participants. Call 508-548-4857 or email [email protected] to make a reservation. This event is cosponsored by the Falmouth Museums on the Green and the Falmouth Farmers’ Market.

A Colonial Christmas

The Museums on the Green, along with the Falmouth Garden Club, will present “A Colonial Christmas” from Saturday, December 6th to Sunday, December 14.

The 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House will be decorated and complimentary tours of the venue will be held each day from 10 am to 2 pm.

Additionally, the house will be open from 5 pm to 8 pm on December 7th in conjunction with the Falmouth Town Green Tree Lighting.


November 6: William Fowler discusses the French & Indian War

  • Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: William Fowler, author of “Empires at War: The French and Indian War”, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the end of the war

On May 28, 1754, a group of militia and Indians led by twenty-two-year-old major George Washington surprised a camp of sleeping French soldiers near present-day Pittsburgh. Washington could not have known it, but the brief and deadly exchange of fire that ensued lit the match that, in Horace Walpole’s memorable phrase, would “set the world on fire.” The resultung French and Indian War in North America became part of the global conflict known as the Seven Years War, fought across Europe, India, and the East and West Indies. Before it ended, nearly one million men had died.
Empires at War captures the sweeping panorama of this first world war, especially in its descriptions of the strategy and intensity of the engagements in North America, many of them epic struggles between armies in the wilderness.

November 9: Military History Symposium

New England Military History Symposium, November 9, 2013:

A Variety of Topics on New England and American Military History, Honoring Those Who Served

Admission Begins 9:00 am

Admission: $ 15 for non-members

                     $ 10 for Falmouth Historical Society members and veterans

                     Active Military: FREE

                     Reservations Not Required


9:00-9:30: Admission


  • 9:30 am: Nina Zannieri, Paul Revere Memorial Association: The Grandsons of Paul Revere who fought and died in the Civil War
  • 10:15 am: Thomas Nester, Bridgewater State University: Butler and Banks: Massachusetts’ Notorious Political Generals in the Civil War”
  • 11:00 am: Anne Marie Reardon: Italian  WWII POW’s on Peddocks Island, Boston Harbor
  • 11:45: James F. Murphy: Korean War veteran, reading from “Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul”” Freedom Village
  • 12:15-1:30: LUNCH BREAK (This is on your own and NOT part of the admission)
  • 1:30 pm: John Galluzzo: The History of Camp Edwards
  • 2:15 pm: Captain Connie Frizzell, Naval War College: “The Historical Uses of Cryptology”
  • 3:00: Michael Connelly, “The President’s Team: The 1963 Army-Navy Game and the JFK Assassination”

“Hullabaloo and the Nimrod, Too!” January 28, 2014

You are cordially invited to a commemoration of the bombardment of Falmouth on its 200th anniversary—January 28, 2014—hosted by the Falmouth Museums on the Green. This bicentennial marks the dark day in January when the HMS Nimrod attempted to destroy the town. Despite the shelling, the inhabitants withstood the marauding efforts of the British to force Falmouth residents to pay ransom or surrender their two brass cannons. We will commemorate this with a much more festive event than the original!

Hullabaloo and the Nimrod, Too!” will be held at the Coonamessett Inn, 311 Gifford Street, Falmouth, beginning at 6:00 pm. Entertainment will include fifes and drums as well as the “Rum Soaked Crooks”, a men’s singing quartet.  There will likely be other surprises as well.

.Dress: Celebration casual or period costume for fun and special prizes.

To purchase tickets:


Hullabaloo and the Nimrod, Too!

Wed., Feb 12th: Lecture: Alma Katsu–“Researching the Historical Novel”

  • Wednesday, February 12: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Alma Katsu: “Researching the Historical Novel”

 Join Alma Katsu, author of The Taker Trilogy, as she discusses the challenges of conducting research for fiction that spans multiple eras and continents. The Taker, Ms. Katsu’s first book, was selected by BOOKLIST as one of the ten best debut novels of 2011 and has been published in over a dozen languages. The final book in the trilogy, The Descent, was released in January. Ms. Katsu holds a MA in fiction from JohnsHopkinsUniversity, and is currently a senior analyst and researcher for a major think tank.

Feb. 20: Lecture: Stephen Kinzer: “The Brothers”

  • Thursday, February 20: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Stephen Kinzer discussing his book, “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and their Secret World War”.

During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world.John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world? The Brothers explores hidden forces that shape the national psyche, from religious piety to Western movies—many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town by killing bad guys. This is how the Dulles brothers saw themselves, and how many Americans still see their country’s role in the world. Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence, led the United States into the Vietnam War, and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran.

March 12: Megan Marshall: “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life”

  • Wednesday, March 12: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Megan Marshall discusses her book “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life”

From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England’s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women’s sense of how they could think and live; her editorship of the Transcendentalist literary journal the Dial shaped American Romanticism.

Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son.
Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller’s fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of her life’s work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall’s inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life.

March 18: Christopher Klein: “Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan”

  • Tuesday, March 18: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Christopher Klein discusses his book “Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero”

Born in the South End, the “Boston Strong Boy” was the last of the bare-knuckle heavyweight champions, the biggest sporting icon of the 1880s and 1890s, and the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. He had a big ego, big mouth, and bigger appetites. His womanizing, drunken escapades, and chronic police-blotter presence were godsends to a burgeoning newspaper industry. The larger-than-life boxer embodied the American Dream for late nineteenth-century Irish immigrants as he rose from Boston’s working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation and the friend of kings and presidents.

March 20: Kevin Symmons: “Out of the Storm”

  • Thursday, March 20: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Kevin Symmons discusses his historical novel, “Out of the Storm”.

War hero Eric Montgomery returns from Iraq, hoping to revive his family’s Cape Cod marina and marry his childhood sweetheart. When his wife and unborn child die in a tragic auto accident Eric’s dreams are shattered. He spends long months grieving, losing himself in alcohol, isolation, and anger. Then Ashley Fitzhugh, a young woman he’s met only once, appears on his doorstep one stormy night. Eric is annoyed at first, but soon finds himself caring for his visitor and her young daughter–seeing in them a chance to rebuild the life he lost. When threatening phone calls, mysterious strangers, and covert agents invade their peaceful lives, Eric must decide: Is Ashley the answer to a prayer? Or part of the nightmare he can never escape?

March 28: George Daughan: “The Shining Sea”

  • Friday, March 28: Lecture, 7 pm: Author George Daughan discusses his book “The Shining Sea: David Porter and the epic voyage of the USS Essex during the War of 1812”

A few months after the outbreak of the War of 1812, Captain David Porter set out in the USS Essex on an epic, seventeen-month cruise to the South Seas. Porter was pursuing fame and riches, and by most accounts his odyssey was a stunning success: it brought glory to the fledgling American navy, cemented Porter’s reputation as a daring and talented commander, and has long been celebrated as one of the greatest maritime adventures in U.S. history. Less well known, however, is the terrible price that the crew of the Essex paid for their captain’s outsized ambitions.In The Shining Sea, award-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the full story of Porter’s thrilling, action-packed voyage, revealing the heights of Porter’s hubris and the true depths of his failure on this fateful cruise. A swashbuckling tale of risk and ruin on the high seas, The Shining Sea brings to life the monomaniacal quest of one of the most misunderstood commanders of the War of 1812. Porter’s singular voyage, Daughan shows, stands as a cautionary tale for any leader who would put personal glory and ambition ahead of cause and countrymen.

April 6: Re-enactment: Jessa Piaia as Isabella Stewart Gardner

  • Sunday, April 6: Re-enactment Performance, 2:30 pm: Jessa Piaia as Isabella Stewart Gardner

Character reenactor Jessa Piaia will present a dramatic portrayal of Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) in “A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts”.  The drama is set in 1910, seven years after the opening of Fenway Court, the house-museum which Mrs. Gardner designed and built for her extensive art collection, and willed to the City of Boston upon her demise.  A recognized leader of Boston’s emerging salon scene, Mrs. Gardner, with characteristic verve and candor, relates episodes about her luminous circle of family and friends, relives journeys to exotic lands, and shares other potentially scandalous encounters.  The portrayal runs approximately 50 minutes in length, with an informal Q&A to follow.

Admission: $ 15 per person


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April 16: Samantha Gray: “100 Years of the Cape Cod Canal”

  • Wednesday, April 16: Lecture, 7 pm: U.S. Park Service Ranger Samantha Gray discusses “Constructing an Engineering Marvel: 100 Years of the Cape Cod Canal”

Samantha Gray will give a PowerPoint lecture and presentation on how the Cape Cod Canal was built and how it forever changed the dynamics of coming to and traveling around the region.

May 1: Stephen Puleo: “The Caning”

  • Thursday, May 1: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Stephen Puleo discusses his book “The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War”

Early in the afternoon of May 22, 1856, ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina strode into the United States Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C., and began beating renowned anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner with a gold-topped walking cane. Brooks struck again and again—more than thirty times across Sumner’s head, face, and shoulders—until his cane splintered into pieces and the helpless Massachusetts senator, having nearly wrenched his desk from its fixed base, lay unconscious and covered in blood. Brooks not only shattered his cane during the beating, but also destroyed any pretense of civility between North and South.
One of the most shocking and provocative events in American history, the caning convinced each side that the gulf between them was unbridgeable and that they could no longer discuss their vast differences of opinion regarding slavery on any reasonable level. While Sumner eventually recovered after a lengthy convalescence, compromise had suffered a mortal blow. Moderate voices were drowned out completely; extremist views accelerated, became intractable, and locked both sides on a tragic collision course.The caning had an enormous impact on the events that followed over the next four years: the meteoric rise of the Republican Party and Abraham Lincoln; the Dred Scott decision; the increasing militancy of abolitionists, notably John Brown’s actions; and the secession of the Southern states and the founding of the Confederacy. As a result of the caning, the country was pushed, inexorably and unstoppably, to war. Many factors conspired to cause the Civil War, but it was the caning that made conflict and disunion unavoidable five years later.

May 15: Craig Steven Wilder: “Ebony and Ivy”

  • Thursday, May 15: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Craig Steven Wilder discusses his book “Ebony and Ivy: Race and the Troubled History of America’s Universities”

Many of America’s revered colleges and universities—from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Rutgers, Williams College, and UNC—were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color. The earliest academies proclaimed their mission to Christianize the savages of North America, and played a key role in white conquest. Later, the slave economy and higher education grew up together, each nurturing the other. Slavery funded colleges, built campuses, and paid the wages of professors. Enslaved Americans waited on faculty and students; academic leaders aggressively courted the support of slave owners and slave traders. Significantly, our leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained them.Ebony and Ivy is a powerful and propulsive study and the first of its kind, revealing a history of oppression behind the institutions usually considered the cradle of liberal politics.

May 21: Janet Uhlar: “Freedom’s Cost: The Story of Gen. Nathanael Greene”

  • Wednesday, May 21: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Janet Uhlar discusses her book “Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene”

Nathanael Greene was the strategist of the American Revolution. His role in the War for Independence was second only to General George Washington. Born and reared a Quaker, with no military experience, he was promoted from private to brigadier general overnight. Greene quickly became Washington’s confidant and close friend. He was chosen by the Commander to lead the Continental Army should Washington be killed, injured, or taken captive. It was General Greene who pulled the Continental Army from the throes of death at Valley Forge, who petitioned Congress for a Declaration of Independence, who was given the desperate task of commanding the Southern Department of the Continental Army after other commanders had failed, and who drove British General Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown. Unable to participate or witness the victorious battle, he was forced to immediately return South with his troops, and subdue the remaining British forces. Greene led his troops in battle and laid siege for a year after the victory at Yorktown. His persistence finally forced the British to evacuate the South.Greene led his men in more battles than any other general officer, including Washington. Moreover, it was Greene who was constantly harassed by Congress, and ultimately forsaken by them. Three years after the official end of the war, Nathanael Greene was dead. His premature death was not only a result of the intense hardships of war, but the hardships and cruelty inflicted on him by the United States Congress.

May 28: Michael McNaught: “Clash of Titans: Grant vs. Lee, Virginia 1864

  • Wednesday, May 28: Lecture, 7 pm: Michael McNaught: “Clash of Titans: Grant vs. Lee, Virginia 1864”
In May 1864 newly-minted Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant launched what he hoped would be the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac. Designed to destroy Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and end the war by capturing Richmond, what became known as the “Overland Campaign” saw over 40,000 Union casualties over a forty-day period (earning Grant the unwanted sobriquet “Butcher Grant”), with major battles fought in the Wilderness, at Spotsylvania Court House, the North Anna River and Cold Harbor. At the end of the campaign Richmond was still in Confederate hands, and Grant was forced to put Petersburg under siege for the next ten months.

June 5: Thomas Healy: “The Great Dissent”

  • Thursday, June 5: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Thomas Healy discusses his book “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America”

No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies. Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes’s journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero. It is the story of a remarkable behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to bring a legal icon around to their way of thinking—and a deeply touching human narrative of an old man saved from loneliness and despair by a few unlikely young friends.

June 25: Christopher Cameron: “To Plead Our Own Cause”

  • Wednesday, June 25: Lecture, 7 pm: Christopher Cameron discusses his book “To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement”.

The antislavery movement entered an important new phase when William Lloyd Garrison began publishing the Liberator in 1831 a phase marked by massive petition campaigns, the extraordinary mobilization of female activists, and the creation of organizations such as the American Anti-Slavery Society. While the period from 1831 to 1865 is known as the heyday of radical abolitionism, the work of Garrison s predecessors in Massachusetts was critical in laying the foundation for antebellum abolitionism. To Plead Our Own Cause explores the significant contributions of African Americans in the Bay State to both local and nationwide antislavery activity before 1831 and demonstrates that their efforts represent nothing less than the beginning of organized abolitionist activity in America.Fleshing out the important links between Reformed theology, the institution of slavery, and the rise of the antislavery movement, author Christopher Cameron argues that African Americans in Massachusetts initiated organized abolitionism in America and that their antislavery ideology had its origins in Puritan thought and the particular system of slavery that this religious ideology shaped in Massachusetts. The political activity of black abolitionists was central in effecting the abolition of slavery and the slave trade within the BayState, and it was likewise key in building a national antislavery movement in the years of the early republic. Even while abolitionist strategies were evolving, much of the rhetoric and tactics that well-known abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass employed in the mid-nineteenth century had their origins among blacks in Massachusetts during the eighteenth century.

Tuesday, November 18: Ken Turino, “The Spirit of Christmas Past”

  • Tuesday, November 18: Lecture, 7 pm: Ken Turino, “The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

This well illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th Century New England through the beginning of the 21st Century when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. For many, the celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year.  But many of the customs which we take for granted as part of the current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history.

Kenneth C. Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England has published several articles on the history of Christmas and speaks on the topic widely. He will look at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event. Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Claus came to town.

Lecture Saturday March 15: Richard Cahill: “Hauptmann’s Ladder”

  • Saturday, March 15: Lecture, 3 pm: Author Richard Cahill discusses his book “Hauptmann’s Ladder: A Step by Step Analysis of the Lindbergh Kidnapping


In 1936, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. Almost all of America believed Hauptmann guilty; only a few magazines and tabloids published articles questioning his conviction. In the ensuing decades, many books about the Lindbergh case have been published. Some have declared Hauptmann the victim of a police conspiracy and frame-up, and one posited that Lindbergh actually killed his own son and fabricated the entire kidnapping to mask the deed. Because books about the crime have been used as a means to advance personal theories, the truth has often been sacrificed and readers misinformed. Cahill presents conclusions based upon facts and documentary evidence uncovered in his twenty years of research. Using primary sources and painstakingly presenting a chronological reconstruction of the crime and its aftermath, he debunks false claims and explodes outrageous theories, while presenting evidence that has never before been revealed.

April 14: Bus Trip to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

On Monday, April 14th, the Museums on the Green will be taking a bus trip and tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  We will first stop for lunch and then the guided tour will commence at 1:45.  Tickets are $ 55 and include admission to the Museum as well as transportation costs.


If you would like to add your name to our waiting list, please email [email protected] with your information.


Tuesday, May 6, Lecture: Ben Bradlee, Jr., “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams”

  • Tuesday, May 6: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Ben Bradlee Jr. discusses his book “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams”


Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him–and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.’s grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America–and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter’s box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.

Wed., August 6, 7 pm: World War II History–An Evening with Alex Kershaw

  • Wednesday, August 6: Lecture, 7 pm: “World War II History: An Evening with Alex Kershaw”

Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed best sellers The Bedford BoysThe Longest Winter, The Few, Escape from the Deep, and The Envoy, as well as biographies of both Jack London and Robert Capa. His latest book is The Liberator.

Tuesday, May 13, 7pm: Nathaniel Philbrick: “Bunker Hill”

  • Tuesday, May 13: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution


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.

Wed., July 9: Lecture: Larry Tye–“Superman”

  • 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.

Wed., July 16: Lecture: Michael Connelly, “The President’s Team”

  • 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.

April 9: Heritage Award Dinner

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:


Heritage Dinner April 9 2014
Dinner Choice

Sunday, March 16: An Introduction to Irish Step Dancing

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.

Heritage Award Sponsorship and Advertising Levels

Falmouth Historical Society

15th Annual Heritage Dinner

Honoring Elizabeth Heald Arthur and Sally Manny Cross

April 9, 2014 at the Coonamessett Inn

Sponsorship Opportunities 

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.

Advertising Options

  • $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: Matthew Stewart Lecture

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.

Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Nathaniel Philbrick, “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution”

  • Tuesday, May 13: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution


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.

Big Ryan’s Tall Tales

Big Ryan’s Tall Tales, Friday, July 18th, 11:00 am

Big Ryan’s Tall Tales has been telling stories to children for over a decade. This program includes Big Ryan’s original stories, puppet play, a bit of music and movement and a whole lot of fun! These programs usually go from 45 minutes to an hour and are appropriate for preschool all the way to 5th grade.

Admission: $ 10 per child

Just for Kids: Colonial Gardening, Saturday, May 10th


Saturday May 10th


 What do insect repellant, house paint, and food seasonings have in common?  In colonial New England, they were all made from plants!  Come and learn about the surprising uses of many common (and not so common) herbs and flowers.  Make a mini colonial garden to take home–a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!
Cost: $ 5 per child

Summer Wind Centennial: Honoring 100 Years of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce

  Join us for a cocktail party featuring the music of Solon Z and the Sapphires performing the songs of Frank Sinatra.  We will be offering cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from a selection of Falmouth’s top caterers and restaurants!  See you on the dance floor!  There will be a fabulous indoor exhibit which will feature many of the Chamber’s original members and historic photos of Falmouth businesses.

Date:  Friday, August 8, 2014
Time:  5:30pm-8:00pm
Place:  Falmouth Museums on the Green
55 and 65 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA
Reservations Required: $50 per person (Tax-deductible portion $20)
***ADDITIONAL PARKING AT ST. BARNABAS CHURCH***across from the Village Green!
To purchase tickets:

Summer Wind Centennial Tickets

Call Kelly Benway to join our generous sponsors who have donated to this event!  508.548.4857

Platinum Sponsor $2,500

Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank

Gold Sponsor $1,500

Solon Z and the Sapphires, The Gathered Table

Silver Sponsors $1,000

Atria Woodbriar, Chef Roland’s Catering, Christy Lynch Designs, Eat Your Heart Out Catering, Joe Brodsky Builder and La Cucina Sul Mar

Copper Sponsor $500

Caroline & Jim Lloyd, Mashpee Orthodontics, Salt Pond Realty LLP, The Wandering Florist

Iron Sponsor $250

Mark Penta, Caricature Artist, Roche Bros.

July 30: Lecture: Robert Weintraub, “The House that Ruth Built”

  • Wednesday, July 30: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Robert Weintraub discusses his book “The House that Ruth Built: A New Stadium, The First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923”

Weintraub examines the 1923 New York Yankees, the team that opened Yankee Stadium and won the first of the Bronx Bombers’ record 27 World Series titles. The center of this work is the clash between the Yankees’ star, Babe Ruth, with his new “bashing” style of playing the game, and the classic “scientific baseball” epitomized by manager John McGraw and his New York Giants. While the Giants got the best of the Yanks in the ’22 fall classic, Ruth and the Yankees’ 1923 World Series victory over their crosstown rivals would change the face of baseball and New York City forever.. Weintraub details everything from the construction of the stadium and the careers of Ruth and McGraw to a detailed season overview and deconstruction of the 1923 World Series.

  • Wednesday, July 30: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Robert Weintraub discusses his book “The House that Ruth Built: A New Stadium, The First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923”

Weintraub examines the 1923 New York Yankees, the team that opened Yankee Stadium and won the first of the Bronx Bombers’ record 27 World Series titles. The center of this work is the clash between the Yankees’ star, Babe Ruth, with his new “bashing” style of playing the game, and the classic “scientific baseball” epitomized by manager John McGraw and his New York Giants. While the Giants got the best of the Yanks in the ’22 fall classic, Ruth and the Yankees’ 1923 World Series victory over their crosstown rivals would change the face of baseball and New York City forever.. Weintraub details everything from the construction of the stadium and the careers of Ruth and McGraw to a detailed season overview and deconstruction of the 1923 World Series.

August 5: John Kasson: “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression”

  • Tuesday, August 5: Lecture, 7 pm: Author John Kasson discusses his book “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930’s America”

Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer’s cabin in South Carolina and young Andy Warhol’s house in Pittsburgh to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s recreation room in Washington, DC, and gangster “Bumpy” Johnson’s Harlem apartment. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam as young Anne hid from the Nazis.

For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world’s box-office champion, a record never equaled. By early 1935 her mail was reported as four thousand letters a week, and hers was the second-most popular girl’s name in the country. What distinguished Shirley Temple from every other Hollywood star of the period—and everyone since—was how brilliantly she shone. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers.

September 10: Chip Bishop: “Quentin and Flora”

  • Wednesday, September 10: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Chip Bishop discusses his book “Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War”

For the first time, the compelling tale of Quentin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, and his secret fiancée, Flora Payne Whitney, is told in rich and absorbing detail by New York Times Bestselling-Author Chip Bishop. At the ebb of the Gilded Age, young Quentin is the scion of America most celebrated political family. And lovely Flora is the privileged daughter of the Whitneys and the Vanderbilts, two of the nation’s richest dynasties. The lives of Quentin and Flora intersect at the dawn of the Great War in Europe after each has grown up in the public spotlight – he in the White House and she in the storied mansions of New York and Newport. His childhood precociousness charms the nation and parallels Flora’s envelopment in her parents’ worlds of high art, luxury yachts and personal unfaithfulness. Quentin and Flora reach beyond their families’ orbits to begin a searching adolescent companionship that evolves inexorably into a fairy tale romance, challenged by the danger of war and a vast and perilous ocean. Through their actual letters, deeply unexplored for a hundred years, we share their youthful dreams and desires, and partake in the agony of their separation amid encircling, high-level political intrigue.

  • Wednesday, September 10: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Chip Bishop discusses his book “Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War”

For the first time, the compelling tale of Quentin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, and his secret fiancée, Flora Payne Whitney, is told in rich and absorbing detail by New York Times Bestselling-Author Chip Bishop. At the ebb of the Gilded Age, young Quentin is the scion of America most celebrated political family. And lovely Flora is the privileged daughter of the Whitneys and the Vanderbilts, two of the nation’s richest dynasties. The lives of Quentin and Flora intersect at the dawn of the Great War in Europe after each has grown up in the public spotlight – he in the White House and she in the storied mansions of New York and Newport. His childhood precociousness charms the nation and parallels Flora’s envelopment in her parents’ worlds of high art, luxury yachts and personal unfaithfulness. Quentin and Flora reach beyond their families’ orbits to begin a searching adolescent companionship that evolves inexorably into a fairy tale romance, challenged by the danger of war and a vast and perilous ocean. Through their actual letters, deeply unexplored for a hundred years, we share their youthful dreams and desires, and partake in the agony of their separation amid encircling, high-level political intrigue.

September 17: Hugh Howard, “Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War”

  • Wednesday, September 17: Lecture, 7 pm: Author Hugh Howard discusses his book “Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War: America’s First Couple and the Second War of Independence”

August 28, 1814. Dressed in black, James Madison mourns the nation’s loss. Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him; a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House. The British have laid waste to Washington City, and as Mr. Madison gazes at the terrible vista, he ponders the future-his country’s defeat or victory-in a war he began over the unanimous objections of his political adversaries. As we approach its bicentennial, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America’s wars. To some it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison-our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of first lady for all to follow, and who would prove perhaps her husband’s most indispensable ally.

Sunday, September 21: Portrayal: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Revere

  • Sunday, September 21, 2:30 pm: Re-enactment performance: “The Revere’s Ride Again!”

Character re-enactors Lee K. Riethmiller and Jessa S. Piaia will present a living history portrayal of Paul and Rachel Revere, in the program set in 1805, entitled “Meet Noted Patriots, the Reveres, Paul & Rachel Revere Ride Again!”  Paul Revere married Rachel Walker within five months of the passing of his first wife, Sarah, who died following the birth of their sixth child; Rachel took on the care of the children, and with Paul had six more of their own.  Clad in period attire, Lee and Jessa portray this early 19th century couple of “forthright hospitality and remarkable good humour,” as they relate episodes of their life both during and after the American Revolution.  The program runs about 50 minutes in length, with Q&A discussion to follow, and is appropriate for ages 10 to adult.The dramatization animates the “Spirit of the Day,” as Paul & Rachel recount the exciting tale of life in Boston’s North End when America was still a British Crown Colony.  Hear about the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party which he participated in, and the stirring events that led to the famous Midnight Ride in April 1775.  Relive the drama of Colonial unrest that culminated in America’s Revolution, and what followed after the framing of our Declaration of Independence from Britain and the United States Constitution, when Paul Revere ventured from being a respected artisan into being a successful industrialist in Canton, Massachusetts, during the early days of the new Republic.



October 2: Michael Blanding, “The Map Thief”

  • Thursday, October 2, 7 pm: Lecture: Michael Blanding: “The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of a Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Rare Maps”

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.
Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief —until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.

Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full—and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he’d gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more—and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption.


October 16: Katherine Howe, “The Penguin Book of Witches”

  • Thursday, October 16, 7 pm: Lecture: Katherine Howe: “The Penguin Book of Witches”

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

November 13: Peter Duffy, “Double Agent”

  • Thursday, November 13, 7 pm: Lecture, 7 pm: Peter Duffy, “Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring”

From the time Adolf Hitler came into power in 1933, German spies were active in New York. In 1937, a German national living in Queens stole the blueprints for the country’s most precious secret, the Norden Bombsight, delivering them to the German military two years before World War II started in Europe and four years before the US joined the fight. When the FBI uncovered a ring of Nazi spies in the city, President Franklin Roosevelt formally declared J. Edgar Hoover as America’s spymaster with responsibility for overseeing all investigations. As war began in Europe in 1939, a naturalized German-American was recruited by the Nazis to set up a radio transmitter and collect messages from spies active in the city to send back to Nazi spymasters in Hamburg. This German-American, William G. Sebold, approached the FBI and became the first double agent in the Bureau’s history, the center of a sixteen-month investigation that led to the arrest of a colorful cast of thirty-three enemy agents, among them a South African adventurer with an exotic accent and a monocle and a Jewish femme fatale, Lilly Stein, who escaped Nazi Vienna by offering to seduce US military men into whispering secrets into her ear.
A riveting, meticulously researched, and fast-moving story, Double Agent details the largest and most important espionage bust in American history.

October 21: Barbara Sillery, “The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands”

Tuesday, October 21st, 7pm: “The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands”

Encounter the friendly spirits and irritable phantoms of Cape Cod. Secret padded rooms, candles that relight themselves, and furniture that moves are only a few of the abnormalities to be discovered in the inns, restaurants, and private homes of Cape Cod. Ranging from whimsical to ominous, each ghost has its own story and family history. This collection includes the misfortunes of pirate captain Sam Bellamy, who died in one of the worst Cape storms to date. Using extensive interviews and research, author Barbara Sillery recounts both the written and oral spectral histories of each location.

Saturday, October 25: A Visit With the Night Watchman

The  Museums on the Green would like you to begin your Halloween weekend by visiting their haunted lair.  On Saturday, October 25th from 6 to 9 pm, you are cordially invited to make “A Visit with the Night Watchman”!

In the weeks prior to All Hallows Eve, spirits and memories come alive in old houses after dark.

Strange creatures inhabit the night, and only the Night Watchman has seen them!  Now, you can join the Night Watchman to see and learn what spirits lurk inside the 1790 Doctor Francis Wicks House.

 The Watchman’s tour is for adults and children over 6 years of age, accompanied by an adult.

Tours leave every 15 minutes and reservations are suggested.

 Prices: $ 6 adults, $ 5 children and senior citizens.

$ 20 per family (up to 4 people)

To make a reservation, call 508-548-4857 or email [email protected]. This event is rain or shine, and it is made possible through the assistance of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Homes.

Saturday, November 8: Military History Symposium, 9 am to 1 pm

On Saturday, November 8th, beginning at 9 am and finishing by 1 pm, the Falmouth Museums on the Green, 55 Palmer Avenue, present a very special Veterans Day weekend event. To honor those who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces, the Museums will play host to the South Shore Military History Roundtable’s annual symposium of American Military history, offering a variety of topics intended to engage the audience about our military past and heritage.

2014 Military History Symposium Speakers:

  • Lawrence Verria, author of “The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II”
  • Brad King, Executive Director of Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA: “The Dambusters of World War II”
  • Thomas Dresser, author of “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II”
  • Ronald Peterson, Secretary, Orleans Historical Society, “The Attack on Orleans During World War I”
  • James Ellis, author of “A Ruinous and Unhappy War: New England and the War of 1812”

  Admission to this program is $ 10 for Museums on the Green members and veterans; $ 15 for non-members.  Active military is free.  Reservations are not required.

March 10, 7 pm: Lecture: Dick Lehr, “The Birth of a Nation”

  • Tuesday, March 10, 7 pm: Dick Lehr, author of “The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Re-ignited America’s Civil War”

In 1915, two men—one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker—incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights.
Monroe Trotter and D. W. Griffith were fighting over a film that dramatized the Civil War and Reconstruction in a post-Confederate South. Almost fifty years earlier, Monroe’s father, James, was a sergeant in an all-black Union regiment that marched into Charleston, South Carolina, just as the Kentucky cavalry—including Roaring Jack Griffith, D. W.’s father—fled for their lives. Griffith’s film, The Birth of a Nation, included actors in blackface, heroic portraits of Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and a depiction of Lincoln’s assassination. Freed slaves were portrayed as villainous, vengeful, slovenly, and dangerous to the sanctity of American values. It was tremendously successful, eventually seen by 25 million Americans. But violent protests against the film flared up across the country.
Monroe Trotter’s titanic crusade to have the film censored became a blueprint for dissent during the 1950s and 1960s. This is the fiery story of a revolutionary moment for mass media and the nascent civil rights movement, and the men clashing over the cultural and political soul of a still-young America standing at the cusp of its greatest days.

Feb. 18: Jamie Malanowski lecture: “Commander Will Cushing”

  • Wednesday, February 18: Jamie Malanowski, author of “Commander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War”

October 1864. The confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle had sunk two federal warships and damaged seven others, taking control of the Roanoke River and threatening the Union blockade. Twenty-one-year-old navy lieutenant William Barker Cushing hatched a daring plan: to attack the fearsome warship with a few dozen men in two small wooden boats. What followed, the close-range torpedoing of the Albemarle and Cushing’s harrowing two-day escape downriver from vengeful Rebel posses, is one of the most dramatic individual exploits in American military history.

Theodore Roosevelt said that Cushing “comes next to Farragut on the hero roll of American naval history,” but most have never heard of him today. Tossed out of the Naval Academy for “buffoonery,” Cushing proved himself a prodigy in behind-the-lines warfare. Given command of a small union ship, he performed daring, near-suicidal raids, “cutting out” confederate ships and thwarting blockade runners. With higher commands and larger ships, Cushing’s exploits grow bolder, culminating in the sinking of the Albemarle. Cushing served with bravery and heroism. But he was irascible and complicated—a loveable rogue, prideful and impulsive, who nonetheless possessed a genius for combat.

Feb. 20: Michael Greenburg lecture: “The Court-Martial of Paul Revere” (3 PM)

  • Friday, February 20: Michael Greenburg, author of “The Court-Martial of Paul Revere”

At the height of the American Revolution in 1779, Massachusetts launched the Penobscot Expedition, a massive military and naval undertaking designed to force the British from the strategically important coast of Maine. What should have been an easy victory for the larger American force quickly descended into a quagmire of arguing, disobedience, and failed strategy. In the end, not only did the British retain their stronghold, but the entire flotilla of American vessels was lost in what became the worst American naval disaster prior to Pearl Harbor. In the inevitable finger-pointing that followed the debacle, the already-famous Lieutenant Colonel Paul Revere, commissioned as the expedition’s artillery commander, was shockingly charged by fellow officers with neglect of duty, disobeying orders, and cowardice. Though he was not formally condemned by the court of inquiry, rumors still swirled around Boston concerning his role in the disaster, and so the fiery Revere spent the next several years of his life actively pursuing a court-martial, in an effort to resuscitate the one thing he valued above all—his reputation.

Feb. 26: Christian Appy lecture: “American Reckoning”

  • Thursday, February 26, 7 pm: Christian Appy, author of “American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity”

How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? “American Reckoning” examines the relationship between the war’s realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy.
Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, the author offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences.

March 13: Susan Playfair lecture: “America’s Founding Fruit”

  • Friday, March 13, 3 pm: Susan Playfair, author of “America’s Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment”

The cranberry is one of only three cultivated fruits native to North America. The story of this perennial vine began as the glaciers retreated about fifteen thousand years ago. Centuries later, it kept Native Americans and Pilgrims alive through the winter months, played a role in a diplomatic gesture to King Charles in 1677, protected sailors on board whaling ships from scurvy, fed General Grant’s men in 1864, and provided over a million pounds of sustenance per year to our World War II doughboys. Today, it is a powerful tool in the fight against various forms of cancer. T America’s Founding Fruit presents a brief history of cranberry cultivation and its role in our national history, discusses the entire cultivation process from planting through distribution, and assesses the possible effects of climate change on the cranberry and other plants and animals.

Thursday, Feb. 19: Bob Ryan, author of “Scribe: My Life in Sports”

  • Thursday, February 19, 7 pm: Bob Ryan, author of “Scribe: My Life in Sports”

Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Bob Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper-and in 1968 at age twenty-three, he joined the Boston Globe, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people-players, management, the reading public-probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover-golf-and much more.

March 27, 3 pm: C. Michael Hiam lecture: “Dirigible Dreams”

  • Friday, March 27: C. Michael Hiam, author of “Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship”

Here is the story of airships—manmade flying machines without wings—from their earliest beginnings to the modern era of blimps. In postcards and advertisements, the sleek, silver, cigar-shaped airships, or dirigibles, were the embodiment of futuristic visions of air travel. They immediately captivated the imaginations of people worldwide, but in less than fifty years dirigible became a byword for doomed futurism, an Icarian figure of industrial hubris. “Dirigible Dreams” looks back on this bygone era, when the future of exploration, commercial travel, and warfare largely involved the prospect of wingless flight.

April 1: Megan Mayhew Bergman lecture, “Almost Famous Women”

The fascinating lives of the characters in “Almost Famous Women” have mostly been forgotten, but their stories are burning to be told. Nearly every story in this dazzling collection is based on a woman who attained some celebrity–she raced speed boats or was a conjoined twin in show business; a reclusive painter of renown; a member of the first all-female, integrated swing band. We see Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde’s troubled niece, Dolly; “West With the Night” author Beryl Markham; Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister, Norma. These extraordinary stories travel the world, explore the past (and delve into the future), and portray fiercely independent women defined by their acts of bravery, creative impulses, and sometimes reckless decisions.

The world hasn’t always been kind to unusual women, but through Megan Mayhew Bergman’s alluring depictions they finally receive the attention they deserve. “Almost Famous Women” is a gorgeous collection from an “accomplished writer of short fiction”

April 8: Belinda Rathbone lecture: “The Boston Raphael”

  • Wednesday, April 8, 7 pm: Belinda Rathbone, author of “The Boston Raphael”

On the eve of its centennial celebrations in December, 1969, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Boston’s coup made headlines around the world. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began investigating the details of the painting’s export from Italy, challenging the museum’s right to ownership. Simultaneously, experts on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to debate its very authenticity. While these contests played themselves out on the international stage, the crisis deepened within the museum as its charismatic director, Perry T. Rathbone, faced the most challenging crossroads of his thirty-year career. The Boston Raphael was a media sensation in its time, but the full story of the forces that converged on the museum and how they intersected with the challenges of the Sixties is now revealed in full detail by the director’s daughter.

April 21: James Coogan lecture: “Slavery on Cape Cod”

  • Tuesday, April 21, 7 pm: James Coogan, “Slavery, Indenture and Abolition on Cape Cod”

Many people on Cape Cod owned slaves right up to the Revolutionary period. Indenture was a common way for people without means to get to this area making an arrangement to be contracted as servants for a set period of time, then to gain their freedom.  There were strict rules as to how indenture was carried out here and penalties for those who abused their servants. And the Abolition movement in this area mirrored what was going on in the northeast of the U.S. Falmouth women were some of the early letter writers to Congress opposing slavery.  .  Much of the negative sentiment in Falmouth reflected the close connection between people in Savannah and Charleston, S.C. who had Falmouth connections either by trade or spending summers on the Cape.

April 28, 7 pm: Barbara Berenson lecture: “Boston and the Civil War”

  • Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm: Barbara Berenson, author of “Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution”

Boston’s black and white abolitionists forged a second American revolution dedicated to ending slavery and honoring the promise of liberty made in the Declaration of Independence. Before the war, Bostonians were bitterly divided between those who supported the Union and those opposed to its endorsement of slavery. The Fugitive Slave Act brought the horrors of slavery close to home and led many to join the abolitionists. March to war with Boston’s brave soldiers, including the grandson of Patriot Paul Revere and the Fighting Irish. The all-black Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment battled against both slavery and discrimination, while Boston’s women fought tirelessly against slavery and for their own right to be full citizens of the Union.

“A Walk Through Falmouth’s Past” Ceramic Art Exhibit–May 8 through June 11, 2015

A Walk Through Falmouth’s Past,” an exhibition featuring works by ceramic art students from Falmouth High School, will be on view in the Cultural Center from May 8 to June 11.  The show is the result of collaboration between the students and Falmouth Historical Society. Last winter, 40 Ceramics II students and 15 Ceramics III students visited Museums on the Green and met with staff and volunteers to learn more about significant periods of Falmouth’s past, such as Wampanoag culture, the whaling industry, and the Victorian era, to name a few. The goal was to further educate the students about their town, while also providing artistic inspiration for learning new ceramics techniques. The project is funded by a grant from Falmouth Education Foundation awarded to FHS ceramics art instructor Corine Adams.whale teapot

The Ceramics II students learned how to make ceramic teapots and tea cups using the potter’s wheel, each portraying the historical era of their choosing. Ceramics III students created a large garden totem composed of 15 individual pieces, also reflective of a chosen time in history, and, using the potter’s wheel, created the base for the totem piece. The students constructed a unique three-dimensional design which will withstand the elements for permanent outdoor display in the Museum’s Memorial Park, to serve as an interactive scavenger hunt for youngsters to learn and discover more about local history.

May 14: Lorri Glover lecture: “Founders as Fathers”

  • Thursday, May 14, 7 pm: Lorri Glover, author of “Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries” Lorri Glover-Author


How did family life shaped the political careers of America’s great Founding Fathers—men like George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison?  Historian Lorri Glover brings to life the vexing, joyful, arduous, and sometimes tragic experiences of the architects of the American Republic who, while building a nation, were also raising families.
The costs and consequences for the families of these Virginia leaders were great.  The Revolution remade family life no less than it reinvented political institutions. “Founders as Fathers” describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by nineteenth-century descendants.

This lecture made possible in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



Saturday, May 16, 4pm: Roseanne Montillo lecture: “The Wilderness of Ruin”

  • Saturday, May 16, 4 pm: Roseanne Montillo, “The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Boston’s Great Fire and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer”

In the early 1870s, local children begin disappearing from the working-class neighborhoods of Boston. Several return home bloody and bruised after being tortured, while others never come back.. With the city on edge, authorities believe the abductions are the handiwork of a psychopath, until they discover that their killer—fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy—is barely older than his victims. The criminal investigation that follows sparks a debate among the world’s most revered medical minds, and will have a decades-long impact on the judicial system and medical consciousness.

“The Wilderness of Ruin”  is a riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity. At its heart is Gilded Age Boston , divided by class—a chasm that widens in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872, and the genteel cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the squalid, overcrowded tenements of Southie. .. Here, too, is the writer Herman Melville. Enthralled by the child killer’s case, he enlists physician Oliver Wendell Holmes to help him understand how it might relate to his own mental instability.

May 19: Michael McNaught lecture: “Gallipoli”

  • Tuesday, May 19, 7 pm: Michael McNaught, “The Battle of Gallipoli, 1915”

During World War I, Allies England and France teamed up to create a naval passage to their allies in Russia through the Straits of the Dardanelles. The attack was repelled by the Ottoman Empire and led to the resignation and near ruin of Secretary of the Navy Winston Churchill. The campaign was one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the war and a major Allied failure. In Turkey, it is regarded as a defining moment in the nation’s history: a final surge in the defense of the motherland as the Ottoman Empire crumbled. The struggle formed the basis for the Turkish War of Independence and the founding of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who first rose to prominence as a commander at Gallipoli.

Bus Trip to Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum May 19th

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Museums on the Green will take a motorcoach to Provincetown, MA to visit the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. The monument was built in 1907 to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrims (who originally stopped in Provincetown before continuing on to Plymouth). It was there that the Pilgrims signed the “Mayflower Compact” and the museum itself celebrates Provincetown’s rich maritime past.

The bus will depart from Falmouth at 9 am on May 19th and leave Provincetown at 3 pm.

Tickets are $ 45 per person, which includes the bus trip and museum admission.

Lunch is not included and will be handled by each individual.

To make a reservation, simply click on the link below or call 508-548-4857, ext. 11:

Provincetown Bus Tour May 19, 2015






May 20: Casey Sherman and David Wedge: “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph over Tragedy”

  • Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm: Casey Sherman and David Wedge, “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph over Tragedy” (To Be Held at St. Barnabas Church, 91 Main Street, Falmouth)

Veteran journalists Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge have written the definitive inside look at the Boston Marathon bombings with a unique, Boston-based account of the events that riveted the world. From the Tsarnaev brothers’ years leading up to the act of terror to the bomb scene itself (which both authors witnessed first-hand within minutes of the blast), from the terrifying police shootout with the suspects to the ultimate capture of the younger brother, Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph over Tragedy reports all the facts—and so much more. Based on months of intensive interviews, this is the first book to tell the entire story through the eyes of those who experienced it. From the cop first on the scene, to the detectives assigned to the manhunt, the authors provide a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation. More than a true-crime book, Boston Strong also tells the tragic but ultimately life-affirming story of the victims and their recoveries and gives voice to those who lost loved ones.

May 21: John Barylick lecture: “Killer Show”

  • Thursday, May 21, 7 pm: John Barylick, author of “Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire”

On February 20, 2003, the deadliest rock concert in U.S. history took place at a roadhouse called The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. That night, in the few minutes it takes to play a hard-rock standard, the fate of many of the unsuspecting nightclub patrons was determined with awful certainty. The blaze was ignited when pyrotechnics set off by Great White, a 1980s heavy-metal band, lit flammable polyurethane “egg crate” foam sound insulation on the club’s walls. In less than 10 minutes, 96 people were dead and 200 more were injured, many catastrophically. The final death toll topped out, three months later, at the eerily unlikely round number of 100. The story of the fire, its causes, and its legal and human aftermath is one of lives put at risk by petty economic decisions—by a band, club owners, promoters, building inspectors, and product manufacturers. Any one of those decisions, made differently, might have averted the tragedy. Together, however, they reached a fatal critical mass. ”Killer Show” is the first comprehensive exploration of the chain of events leading up to the fire, the conflagration itself, and the painstaking search for evidence to hold the guilty to account and obtain justice for the victims.

June 4: Leila Fawaz lecture: “A Land of Aching Hearts”

  • Thursday, June 4, 7 pm: Leila Fawaz, author of “A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War”

The Great War transformed the Middle East, bringing to an end four hundred years of Ottoman rule in Arab lands while giving rise to the Middle East as we know it today. Among those who suffered were the people of Greater Syria—comprising modern Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine—as well as the people of Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt. Beyond the shifting fortunes of the battlefield, the region was devastated by a British and French naval blockade made worse by Ottoman war measures. Famine, disease, inflation, and an influx of refugees were everyday realities. But the local populations were not passive victims. The war’s aftermath proved bitter for many survivors. Nationalist aspirations were quashed as Britain and France divided the Middle East along artificial borders that still cause resentment. The misery of the Great War, and a profound sense of huge sacrifices made in vain, would color people’s views of politics and the West for the century to come.Leila Fawaz chronicles the initiative and resilience of civilian émigrés, entrepreneurs, draft-dodgers, soldiers, villagers, and townsmen determined to survive the war as best they could. The right mix of ingenuity and practicality often meant the difference between life and death.

Walking Tours of Falmouth: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am, June through October

A Walk Through Falmouth’s History!  Join us on this 90 minute walk which starts and ends at our Hallett Barn Visitors’ Center, 55 Palmer Avenue. Each guided walk takes the visitor past a variety of structures and neighborhoods from Falmouth’s historic past. Visitors are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring drinking water with them. Cost is $ 5 per walker and reservations are requested. Please come to the Visitors’ Center by 9:45.

Walks will happen each week if weather permits.

2015 schedule: Walks begin Tuesday, June 9th and go until Thursday, October 8th.

June 9: Greg Flemming, “At the Point of a Cutlass”

Tuesday, June 9, 7 pm: Greg Flemming, author of “At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton”

Based on a rare manuscript from 1725, At the Point of a Cutlass uncovers the amazing voyage of Philip Ashton — a nineteen-year old fisherman who was captured by pirates, escaped on an uninhabited Caribbean island, and then miraculously arrived back home three years later to tell his incredible story.

     Taken in a surprise attack near Nova Scotia in June 1722, Ashton was forced to sail across the Atlantic and back with a crew under the command of Edward Low, a man so vicious he tortured victims by slicing off an ear or nose and roasting them over a fire. Ashton barely survived the nine months he sailed with Low’s crew — he was nearly shot in the head at gunpoint, came close to drowning when a ship sank near the coast of Brazil, and was almost hanged for secretly plotting a revolt against the pirates. Like many forced men, Ashton thought constantly about escaping. In March of 1723, he saw his chance when Low’s crew anchored at the secluded island of Roatan, at the western edge of the Caribbean. Ashton fled into the thick, overgrown woods and, for more than a year, had to claw out a living on the remote strip of land, completely alone and with practically nothing to sustain him. The opportunity to escape came so unexpectedly that Ashton ran off without a gun, a knife, or even a pair of shoes on his feet. Yet the resilient young castaway — who has been called America’s real-life Robinson Crusoe — was able to find food, build a crude shelter, and even survive a debilitating fever brought on by the cool winter rains before he was rescued by a band of men sailing near the island. Based on Ashton’s own first-hand account, as well trial records, logbooks, and a wealth of other archival evidence, At the Point of a Cutlass pieces together the unforgettable story of a man thrust into the violent world of a pirate ship and his daring survival and escape.

June 17: David Diamond lecture: “Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Haunted Mind”

  • Wednesday, June 17, 7 pm: David Diamond, “Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Haunted Mind”

In commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, we examine a different part of his writings. Hawthorne’s tales and romances exert intense psychological force. Driven by desire, Hawthorne’s characters face painful conflicts with each other, their community and an inescapable conscience. Their troubled past is always threatening to overtake them.  Anticipating Freud by a half a century, Hawthorne exposes the intricate workings of the haunted mind.

June 24: Jeanne Carley lecture: “Folk Art on Cape Cod”

  • Wednesday, June 24, 7 pm: Jeanne Marie Carley, author of “Folk Art of Cape Cod and the Islands”

Jeanne Carley recounts the histories of the hard working, entrepreneurial people of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket and their role in this nation, as told through the folk art primitives the residents produced from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The art displayed includes the works of itinerant painters, domestic weavers and quilters, seminary school watercolorists, and carvers in wood, metal, and stone. Among these fascinating items are: paintings including portraits and silhouettes, landscapes and genre paintings; maritime art such as sculpture and scrimshaw; trade figures and signs; carousel art; wood carvings; weathervanes and whirligigs; religious and decorative art; textiles, including quilts and samplers; and gravestones. All of these beautiful and compelling works of art speak eloquently of the human aspirations sparked by the freedom and prosperity offered by the coasts and the bold, clear visual language that ordered these craftsmen’s world.

Thursday, June 25, 7 pm: Jonathan Horn, “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War”

On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washington’s most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington’s adopted child. Lee was a brilliant soldier bound by marriage to Washington’s family but ultimately turned by war against Washington’s crowning achievement, the Union. Former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn follows Lee through married life, military glory, and misfortune. The story that emerges is more complicated, more tragic, and more illuminating than the familiar tale. More complicated because the unresolved question of slavery—the driver of disunion—was among the personal legacies that Lee inherited from Washington. More tragic because the Civil War destroyed the people and places connecting Lee to Washington in agonizing and astonishing ways. More illuminating because the battle for Washington’s legacy shaped the nation that America is today. As Washington was the man who would not be king, Lee was the man who would not be Washington.

June 30: Allegra Jordan Lecture: “The End of Innocence”

  • Tuesday, June 30, 7 pm: Allegra Jordan, author of “The End of Innocence”

Based on the true story behind a mysterious and controversial World War I memorial at this world-famous university, The End of Innocence sweeps readers from the elaborate elegance of Boston’s high society to Harvard’s hallowed halls to Belgium’s war-ravaged battlefields, offering a powerful and poignant vision of love and hope in the midst of a violent, broken world.

July 3rd, 11 am-3 pm: “Free Fun Friday”

Highland Street FoundationAs 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!



July 15: Nigel Hamilton lecture: “The Mantle of Command”

  • 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.

Wednesday, July 22, 7 pm: Lecture: Alan Driscoll: “War Dogs”

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.

July 29, 7 pm: An Evening with Barney Frank (To be Held at St. Barnabas Church, 91 Main Street)

    • 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:

Meet & Greet with Barney Frank, July 29, 6:15 pm


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.

Friday, August 7: “Swinging on a Star”

Celebrate Summer at “Swinging on a Star!”Swinging on a Star

Join us on Friday, August 7 from 5:30 to 8 PM for “Swinging on a Star,” a cocktail party fundraiser to support Falmouth Museums on the Green. If you attended last year’s gala, you know this is a festive event not to be missed!

Solon Z and the Sapphires will once again wow with the Big Band sounds of the 1940s. Stroll about the campus while enjoying decadent offerings from Chef Roland’s Catering and pose for the pen of talented Boston and Cape Cod caricature artist Mark Penta. The event will also feature an exhibition of iconic 1940s fashion, a silent auction, and a raffle.

Some of our unique and exclusive auction items:

  • You and nine guests will enjoy a private wine tasting in your home donated by “The Wine Advisor”
  • Ellen Brodsky of Cape Cod Dance will instruct your group with a private salsa lesson in the Museums on the Green Cultural Center
  • Wine of the Month for a full year! Murphy’s Package Store will personally select a wine each month for you
  • Unleash the writer within! You and a group of friends will get in touch with your creative side with a writing workshop donated by Falmouth author T.M. Murphy


Tickets to the event are $65 per person, which includes one ticket to the cash bar. After that endless winter, we look forward to this stylish summer soirée!

We are grateful to our sponsors: Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, Lawrence-Lynch Corporation, and Salt Pond Realty LLP. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Carolyn Tarr: 508-548-4857 ext. 20 or [email protected]

To purchase tickets for “Swinging on a Star”:

Swinging on a Star Tickets












August 13, 7 pm: J. David Markham lecture: “Napoleon”: POSTPONED

Napoleon.  The name has conjured up images for two centuries. The English viewed him as the Antichrist and the French experienced glory they had never known before. 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and August 15 is the 246th anniversary of his birth. J. David Markham, President of the International Napoleonic Society, will discuss the life of the man who most historians agree was one of the most compelling and gifted military leaders of all time.  He was a political leader whose reign brought an end to the French Revolution and began a series of wars that changed the dynamics of European culture.  His life remains as compelling today as it was 200 years ago.

Want to run in the Falmouth Road Race August 16th? Here’s how!

Road Race 1Join our Road Race Team!

Were you or someone you know left out of this year’s Falmouth Road Race lottery? Well, you haven’t missed your chance! We still have a few spaces left on our Numbers for Nonprofits team.

By running on behalf of Falmouth Museums on the Green, home of the Falmouth Historical Society, you will not only enjoy participating in one of the world’s premier races, but also give back to the seaside town that makes it such a special event.

We pay the $150 registration fee and you commit to raising $750 by race day, August 16, through the online fundraising site, FirstGiving, at no cost to you. We will assist you with your goal through our website, social media, and e-newsletters. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to our mission of preserving and sharing the history of Falmouth and providing educational outreach to all the Falmouth Public Schools. The story of Falmouth begins here, but we can’t tell it without your help!

For more information, contact Sarah Murphy at 508-548-4857 ext. 21 or by email:[email protected]


Falmouth Road Race Spotlight: Meet Jason Stumpf


We are grateful to Jason Stumpf for joining our Numbers for Nonprofits team in this year’s New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Jason has agreed to raise a minimum of $750, which will go directly to Museums on the Green operations, enabling us to further our mission of preserving and celebrating the history of Falmouth and educating all ages about our rich heritage.  Help him reach, and hopefully surpass, his goal by visiting his FirstGiving ( page and making a donation today!

Jason is the head of the Humanities Department at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick. His ties to Falmouth run deep, as his wife, Margaret Funkhouser, grew up in West Falmouth. Margaret is also a member of the faculty at Walnut Hill, and they live on campus with their two boys, Jonas and Owen.

“The Kissing Sailor”: A Commemoration of V-J Day, September 2, 2015

On Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015—the 70th anniversary of “V-J Day” ending World War II with the Allied victory over Japan–the Falmouth Historical Society will host a dinnerV-J Day2 and program to honor those who served in the Armed Forces during that conflict. This event, held at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, begins at 6 pm that evening and will include a visit from George Mendonsa—better known as “The Kissing Sailor” immortalized in Times Square kissing a nurse when peace was finally declared. There will also be a talk by author Lawrence Verria, who identified just who “The Kissing Sailor” really was; music of the era; and a meal that would fit in with the period.

The event will include Senior Officers from the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Maritime. In addition to Mr. Verria, a speech will be made by General Gordon R. Sullivan, United States Army (Retired), President of the Association of the United States Army and former Chief of Staff. There will also be period music provided during the evening.V-J Day headline

The Kissing Sailor V-J Day Commemoration Dinner

For those unfamiliar: On August 14, 1945, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, minutes after they heard of Japan’s surrender to the United States. Two weeks later LIFE magazine, the world’s dominant photo journal at the time, published that image. It became one of the most famous WWII photographs in history and the most celebrated photograph ever published in the magazine–a cherished reminder of what it felt like for the war to be over. Everyone who saw the picture wanted to know more about the nurse and sailor, but Eisenstaedt had no information and a search for the mysterious couple’s identity took on a dimension of its own.

For many years, no one really knew who “The Kissing Sailor” actually was. There were searches conducted over the years and several candidates were identified, but all of the possibilities turned out to be incorrect. It was not until 2012 Mr. Verria answered the question definitively. Come and learn the story of that quest and the photographic evidence that proves it.

V-J Day3  On September 2, 2015—the 70th anniversary of “V-J Day” (Victory over Japan), the Falmouth Historical Society will welcome Mr. Verria, Mr. Mendonsa and Mrs. Mendonsa (the former Rita Petry) at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. We will be having a dinner that night, celebrating the exploits of “The Greatest Generation” and allowing people to We will turn the Coonamessett Inn into a 1940’s canteen and honor those who served during World War II.

Menu for the evening: 

   o Minestrone soup (served at the table) 
   o Chicken Pot Pie with crust
   o Beef Bourguignon
   o Mashed potatoes
   o Seasonal Vegetable 
   o Apple Crisp with whipped cream (served at the table)

Special note: any veteran of World War II who lives in Falmouth can attend for no charge that night. If they need someone to come with them, one escort is allowed to attend at a price of $ 40. All other attendees must pay full admission price. To make a reservation for a Falmouth WW2 veteran, please call 508-548-4857 or email [email protected]

This event made possible in part by the sponsorship of Cape Cod Five Bank, Wood Lumber Company, and the Falmouth Road Race.

To purchase a ticket to this dinner at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, click below:

The Kissing Sailor V-J Day Commemoration Dinner

Cannot make the dinner but still want to make a donation to honor those who served in World War 2?  You can do so below:

September 9, 7 pm: Stewart Gordon, “The History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks”

  • Wednesday, September 9, 7 pm: Stewart Gordon, author of “The History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks”


Roman triremes of the Mediterranean. The treasure fleet of the Spanish Main. Great ocean liners of the Atlantic. Stories of disasters at sea fire the imagination as little else can, whether the subject is a historical wreck—the Titanic or theBismark—or the recent capsizing of a Mediterranean cruise ship. Shipwrecks also make for a new and very different understanding of world history. A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks explores the ages-long, immensely hazardous, persistently romantic, and still-ongoing process of moving people and goods across far-flung maritime worlds.

Telling the stories of ships and the people who made and sailed them, from the earliest ancient-Nile craft to the Exxon Valdez, A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks argues that the gradual integration of localized and separate maritime regions into fewer, larger, and more interdependent regions offers a unique window on world history. Stewart Gordon draws a number of provocative conclusions from his study, among them that the European “Age of Exploration” as a singular event is simply a myth—many cultures, east and west, explored far-flung maritime worlds over the millennia—and that technologies of shipbuilding and navigation have been among the main drivers of science and technology throughout history. Finally, A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks shows in a series of compelling narratives that the development of institutions and technologies that made terrifying oceans familiar, and turned unknown seas into sea-lanes, profoundly matters in our modern world

Sept. 30: Elizabeth Abbott lecture: “A History of Marriage”

  • Wednesday, September 30, 7 pm: Elizabeth Abbott, “A History of Marriage”

A History of Marriage explores how marriage developed, and examines real-life experiences in their wider historical context: How did a wealthy couple’s experience differ from a poor one’s? How did children both fit into and define the shape of marriage? What were a couple’s alternatives to staying together, and how long was the average marriage until death ended it? Abbott provides an intriguing look at the way we were, and poses important questions relevant to a 21st-century understanding of marriage.

October 1, 7pm: Gary Myers, “Brady versus Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry that Transformed the NFL”

Please note: This lecture will be held at the First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth, beginning at 7 pm

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are perhaps the two greatest quarterbacks of all time. They are living legends who have come to embody the quarterback position and shape an entire generation of the NFL. They have also been fierce rivals every step of the way, and their many epic duels have not only ranked among the best and most exciting games ever played, they have fundamentally shaped the lives of and careers of both men.

But for all their shared brilliance, they are a study in contrasts. Tom is the underdog turned ultimate winner, an unheralded draft pick who went on to win a miraculous Super Bowl and become the leader of one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties. He is as firmly associated with big game brilliance as anyone who has ever played. Meanwhile Peyton was born into NFL royalty and a mountain of outsized expectations, yet somehow lived up to and exceeded all the hype, claiming virtually every passing record along his path to football immortality.

The contrast in greatness—between the overachieving underdog and the crown prince of football, between postseason brilliance and statistical dominance—has served as an endless source of fascination for fans and media, and over the years as the two players have faced off again and again in classic games, the argument has onlyintensified.

But until now, there has never been a definitive treatment of the debate that tells the real story.
What do Tom and Peyton actually think of each other? What do their coaches think of them? What about teammates and opposing players? What are they like behind closed doors and in the locker room, and how does that influence their careers? How did their vastly different upbringings shape them, and how has each handled the injuries, setbacks and defeats they’ve dealt with over their careers? Veteran NFL correspondent Gary Myers tackles this subject from every angle and with unprecedented access and insight, drawing on a huge number of never-before-heard interviews with Brady and Manning, their coaches, their families, and those who have played with them and against them. The result is a remarkable collection of the most entertaining and revealing stories ever told about Peyton and Tom, from how they developed their vastly different leadership styles, to the unlikely friendship they’ve built over the years, to their respective exploits as locker room pranksters.

October 2: Falmouth Jazz Stroll: FREE!

Downtown Falmouth comes alive on Friday night. The shops and restaurants from Queen’s Buyway along Main Street will showcase an assortment of groups ranging from classic swing to avant-garde with a little blues thrown in. Just wander in and out.  It’s all free.

The 2015 line up features both local favorites and award winning ensembles.  Each performance time is staggered so the audience has an opportunity to hear a variety of jazz styles throughout the evening. The Museums on the Green will participate by hosting Bart Weisman discussing jazz at 5:15 pm and then CJazz will perform from 6:45 to 8:00 pm. For a full schedule of Jazz Stroll events, click here

October 7, 7 pm: Alex Kershaw, “Avenue of Spies”

  • Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm: Alex Kershaw, author of “Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage and One Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris”

The leafy Avenue de Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris’s hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the “mad sadist” Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.
From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director’s close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11–but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake  a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.
Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II’s Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler.

Saturday, October 17: An American Music Sampler

Saturday, October 17th, 7 pm: An American Music Sampler

(To be held at Cape Cod Conservatory, 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth)

The Spectrum Singers, a 12-piece chamber ensemble, will provide a one-hour program with a selection of America’s best choral music framed with commentary to provide historical context. Songs from American composers such as Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Stephen Foster, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, among others, will be performed. Spectrum Singers

Tickets are $ 15 each.  Families of four (2 children 12 and younger) are $ 40 each.

Seating is limited, so reservations are requested

American Music Sampler Tickets


October 21, 7pm: M.T. Anderson: “Symphony for the City of the Dead”

  • Wednesday, October 21, 7pm: M.T. Anderson, “Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmiti Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad”

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power—and layered meaning—of music in beleaguered lives.

Tuesday, October 27, 7pm: Alix Christie, “Gutenberg’s Apprentice”

Tuesday, October 27, 7 pm: Alix Christie, author of “Gutenberg’s Apprentice”

Novelist Alix Christie brings to life one of the most momentous events in history: the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.

Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him to meet “a most amazing man”–Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, who has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. As they produce copies of the Holy Bible, mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, these men must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles—a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.

Nov. 11, 7 pm: David Stewart, “The Wilson Deception”

After four years of horror The Great War has ended, and President Woodrow Wilson’s arrival in Paris in December 1918 unites the city in ecstatic celebration. Major Jamie Fraser, an army physician who has spent ten months tending American soldiers, is among the crowd that throngs the Place de la Concorde for Wilson’s visit. As an expert on the Spanish influenza, Fraser is also called in to advise the president’s own doctor on how best to avoid the deadly disease. Despite his robust appearance, Wilson is more frail than the public realizes. And at this pivotal moment in history, with the Allied victors gathering to forge a peace treaty, the president’s health could decide the fate of nations.
While Fraser tries to determine the truth about Wilson’s maladies, he encounters a man he has not seen for twenty years. Speed Cook—ex-professional ball player and advocate for Negro rights—is desperate to save his son Joshua, an army sergeant wrongly accused of desertion. Pledging to help Cook, Fraser approaches Allen Dulles, a charming American spy who is also Wilson’s close aide. Soon Cook and Fraser’s personal quest will dovetail with the dramatic events unfolding throughout Paris, as French premier Georges Clemenceau narrowly survives an assassination attempt and peace negotiations begin to unravel. Rivalries and hidden agendas abound. At stake is not only Joshua Cook’s freedom, but the fragile treaty that may be the only way to stop Europe from plunging into another brutal war.
With a cast of vividly drawn characters that includes T.E. Lawrence, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill, David O. Stewart’s fast-paced novel is a riveting and expertly researched blend of history and suspense—illuminating, deftly plotted, and thoroughly satisfying.

Nov. 19: John Galluzzo and Matthew Lawrence, “Shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank”

Beneath the churning surface of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary rest the bones of shipwrecks and sailors alike. Massachusetts ports connected its citizens to the world, and the number of merchant and fishing vessels grew alongside the nations development. Hundreds of ships sank on the trade routes and fishing grounds between Cape Cod and Cape Ann. Their stories are waiting to be uncoveredfrom the ill-fated steamship Portland to collided schooners Frank A. Palmer and Louise B. Crary and the burned dragger Joffre. Join historian John Galluzzo and maritime archaeologists Matthew Lawrence and Deborah Marx as they dive in to investigate the sunken vessels and captivating history of New Englands only national marine sanctuary.

Christmas Traditions Holiday House Tour

Wicks House Christmas PhotoThe Museums on the Green will honor the traditions of Christmas with special events, including house tours of the 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House.  Decorated by members of the Falmouth Garden Club, the Wicks House will be open Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, from 10 to 3 pm, and from Thursday December 10 through Sunday December 13, 10 to 3 pm. Admission is $ 5.

Christmas 2013 015A special free admission Family Fun Night will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 4 to 7 pm.  Come and make gingerbread houses, decorate ornaments, and enjoy a visit with Santa!  This will be in our Cultural Center and families can enjoy the Museums prior to the Falmouth Town Tree lighting at 7 pm.Christmas 2013 061

On Saturday, December 12 from 12 until 2, there will be a special musical concert in our Cultural Center, provided by students and members of the Cape Cod Conservatory.  Admission is free!