Here are some of the exhibitions planned for the 2015 visitation season:
Circa 1870-The Victorian Age in Falmouth
With the arrival of rail travel to Falmouth in the 1870s, the town experienced a jump in tourism. Wealthy Bostonians and New Yorkers flooded to Cape Cod for the scenery and the fresh air. The Victorian era marks the beginnings of Falmouth’s present day role as a summer holiday destination. Featuring everything from hair crimpers to bloomers, this exhibition highlights items from the Museum’s vast Victorian collection featuring exquisite clothing, furniture, and decorative items. Come see how Cape Codders—tourists and locals alike—lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Voice of the Tide: The Life and Times of Katharine Lee Bates
Falmouth’s most famous daughter, Katharine Lee Bates, is most well known for her poem “America the Beautiful”. Through ephemera, childhood writings, photographs and more, this exhibit provides an introduction to the woman behind the poem–a spunky, passionate, patriotic intellectual. In her life as a writer, editor and teacher at Wellesley College, she carved out her own path–one that was surprising and unorthodox for a woman of her time.
Falmouth was a whaling port from 1820 to 1864. During that period, thirteen whaleships sailed from Falmouth for at least 51 voyages. Whaling dominated the town’s economy for much of the 19th century, shifting it away from a predominantly agricultural economy. This exhibition celebrates Falmouth’s whaling men and women with their souvenirs and tales of adventure & exotic places.
“The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans”
Featuring the Work of Mark Chester
September 4 – October 30, 2015
Author Talk with Mark Chester: Thursday, September 17 at 7 PM. Free admission.
Inspirational portraits by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester of Woods Hole. create a visual archive that celebrates the diversity of newly naturalized Massachusetts citizens hailing from 165 countries around the globe. The photographs, which will be included in the forthcoming book of the same title, slated for publication in 2016, enrich the viewer by sharing the vast cultural resources and rich ethnic heritage of the state’s 351 towns and cities.