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).
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“Making Music American: 1917 and the Transformation of Culture” with Douglas Bomberger
March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$5.00
1917. It was unlike any other year in American history. Or American music. As the United States entered World War I, a new musical genre that suited the world’s frantic mood burst onto the national scene. JAZZ. German musicians who had dominated classical music were forced from the stage and New Orleans natives Nick LaRocca and Freddie Keppard popularized the new sound taking its place. Patriotism was at an all-time high. African-American bandleader James Reese Europe turned the Fifteenth New York Infantry Band into the best military band in the country. Conductors Walter Damrosch and Karl Muck brought patriotic music to the symphonic stage. And, musicians like violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Olga Samaroff, and contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink walked a tightrope of suspicion because of their German sympathies. The lives of these eight musicians were upended, and they intersected in surprising ways. By year’s end, the country and music in America would never be the same.
Eight Cousins Books, our co-host, will have copies of this book at the talk. The book will also be available in the store at 189 Main Street in Falmouth.