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).
Preserving Old Ironsides Across Three Centuries with Margherita Desy
October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$5.00
The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. President George Washington named the wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy after the United States Constitution. She was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. The vessel is most noted for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships, one of which earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides.” Margherita M. Desy leads this illustrated presentation which looks at the long history of rebuilding and preserving the American icon, from the earliest years of the 19th century, right up to the first 21st century dry docking of the ship in 2015. She is a curator and historian of New England maritime and early U.S. Navy histories and is employed by the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston as historian for USS Constitution. She has worked for Historic New England, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, and, for 20 years, at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. She has been published in scholarly and popular journals and has been script advisor and on-camera historian for several PBS television shows and documentaries broadcast in the U.S. and Europe.