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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“King Philip’s War: the History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict” with Michael Tougias
May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$5.00
NOTE VENUE CHANGE: First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth
This largely-forgotten war was one of America’s first and costliest. It started in 1675 when the leader of the Wampanoag tribe began an uprising to take back some of the land the colonial settlers controlled. His native name was Metacom; the English called him Philip. Ironically, he was the son of Massasoit, the sachem who helped the pilgrims get established. Soon the Nipmucks and tribes along the Connecticut River joined the Wampanoags. Battles raged from Rhode Island to Maine. The colonists, not without losses, slaughtered thousands of natives, sold many into slavery in the West Indies and drove out the rest, clearing New England of its native populations. The victors even paraded King Philip’s head around the streets of Plymouth in a barbarous show of triumph. And, sadly, the terror continued. This war served as the brutal model for dealing with native people across the United States from that point on.