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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Paul Clerici, “A History of the Falmouth Road Race”
August 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFREE
SPECIAL FREE LECTURE
Come join local author Paul Clerici as he discusses his “A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod” – the first and only book devoted entirely to the famous 7-miler.
Hear how it all began in a bar; the story behind a runner who swam across the harbor; how legendary coach Bill Squires and his Greater Boston Track Club athletes ignited the race’s competition; how the race’s inspiration – Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter – came to Falmouth; why the course distance ranged from 6.9 to 7.5 miles; how 6-time champion Joan Benoit Samuelson nearly missed one year due to her race-morning boat ride; how the race grew from under 100 to nearly 13,000 runners; and much more.
This definitive historical chronicle of the 46-year-old race features a stunning array of stories, anecdotes, tales, and tidbits, from its 1973 beginning to the present. The entertaining and compelling story is told through nearly 80 vintage and race-day photographs that span the decades – some of which never before published; a foreword by race founder Tommy Leonard; and extensive and diligent research through personal, public, road race, library, and historical society archives and records. In addition, the race’s history is enhanced by nearly 100 book-exclusive interviews from such legendary Olympians and champions as Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Jen Rhines, Lynn Jennings, Catherine Ndereba, Craig Blanchette, Tatyana McFadden; organizers Tommy Leonard, John and Lucia Carroll, Rich and Kathy Sherman, Dave McGillivray, Matt Auger; longtime volunteers and sponsors; and more.
Clerici – who has run the Falmouth Road Race several times and the Boston Marathon 23 years in a row – is an award-winning journalist; former newspaper editor; current freelance writer; and also author of the “Boston Marathon History by the Mile” and “History of the Greater Boston Track Club” books. Books will be available for purchase and be signed by the author.