The 1730 Conant House is open all year, Monday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm for self-guided tours to see our exhibit, “Falmouth: Changing with the Times”. Our Cultural Center rotates exhibits throughout the year. Additionally, the Museums on the Green offers a full range of adult and family programs, including our 2019 Lecture Series. Costs to most lectures are $ 5 for members and $ 10 for non-members, and are usually held at our Cultural Center, 35 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth unless otherwise noted. We also offer historical trolley rides on Wednesdays during the fall (reservations required), and in the Spring and Summer, walking tours of Falmouth on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am (weather permitting).
“The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II” with Anne R. Keene
April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$5.00
While the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and facing off in the World Series, another group of players was fighting it out on a skinned-out college field in North Carolina in 1943. They wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey. They were fighter-pilots-in-training at an elite naval academy that shaped American heroes like George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, John Glenn and Paul “Bear” Bryant. This unlikely wartime team trained on and off the baseball diamond and included Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Johnny Sain. Their batboy and mascot was a kid named Jim Raugh who dreamed of baseball greatness and got to know his heroes as they practiced and played in dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition with Babe Ruth. While Jim did become a college All-American, he failed a major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers years later. If his daughter, author Anne Keene, hadn’t stumbled upon his scrapbooks, this little-known tale of pilots, players, patriotism and a father’s unrealized dreams might never have been told.