Heritage Award Dinner: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Established in 2000 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Historical Society, the award recognizes individuals or organizations who have provided outstanding leadership over time to help preserve the character, culture, stories, vistas or other aspect of Falmouth’s rich history, or have inspired others to do so, resulting in a lasting legacy.

In 2017, we will be honoring two groups who work for the beautification and betterment of  Falmouth!

Our 2017 Heritage Award Recipients:

The Falmouth Garden Club: Founded in 1931 and working with the Falmouth Historical Society since 1947, the Falmouth Garden Club is one of the oldest and largest clubs in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Throughout its 86 year history, the club has contributed to the civic and residential communities, centering their projects and workshops on horticulture, conservation and design.

Old Stone Dock Association: For over 50 years this neighborhood association has worked with town leaders for improvements in beautification, safety, and road maintenance around Surf Drive Beach and Bathhouse on behalf of all Falmouth residents.  In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Old Stone Dock (1817-2017), the members of the Association have worked to create town-wide appreciation for that piece of our maritime heritage.

Each honoree has contributed to Falmouth’s culture by their work at community improvement and beautification. We salute both of these hard-working organizations!

 

The 2017 Heritage Award Dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at the Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth. Dinner will be chicken piccatta or, if needed, a vegetarian option.

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Heritage Dinner June 21, 2017
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“The Kissing Sailor”: A Commemoration of V-J Day, September 2, 2015

On Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015—the 70th anniversary of “V-J Day” ending World War II with the Allied victory over Japan–the Falmouth Historical Society will host a dinnerV-J Day2 and program to honor those who served in the Armed Forces during that conflict. This event, held at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, begins at 6 pm that evening and will include a visit from George Mendonsa—better known as “The Kissing Sailor” immortalized in Times Square kissing a nurse when peace was finally declared. There will also be a talk by author Lawrence Verria, who identified just who “The Kissing Sailor” really was; music of the era; and a meal that would fit in with the period.

The event will include Senior Officers from the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Maritime. In addition to Mr. Verria, a speech will be made by General Gordon R. Sullivan, United States Army (Retired), President of the Association of the United States Army and former Chief of Staff. There will also be period music provided during the evening.V-J Day headline


The Kissing Sailor V-J Day Commemoration Dinner



For those unfamiliar: On August 14, 1945, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, minutes after they heard of Japan’s surrender to the United States. Two weeks later LIFE magazine, the world’s dominant photo journal at the time, published that image. It became one of the most famous WWII photographs in history and the most celebrated photograph ever published in the magazine–a cherished reminder of what it felt like for the war to be over. Everyone who saw the picture wanted to know more about the nurse and sailor, but Eisenstaedt had no information and a search for the mysterious couple’s identity took on a dimension of its own.

For many years, no one really knew who “The Kissing Sailor” actually was. There were searches conducted over the years and several candidates were identified, but all of the possibilities turned out to be incorrect. It was not until 2012 Mr. Verria answered the question definitively. Come and learn the story of that quest and the photographic evidence that proves it.

V-J Day3  On September 2, 2015—the 70th anniversary of “V-J Day” (Victory over Japan), the Falmouth Historical Society will welcome Mr. Verria, Mr. Mendonsa and Mrs. Mendonsa (the former Rita Petry) at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. We will be having a dinner that night, celebrating the exploits of “The Greatest Generation” and allowing people to We will turn the Coonamessett Inn into a 1940’s canteen and honor those who served during World War II.

Menu for the evening: 

   o Minestrone soup (served at the table) 
   o Chicken Pot Pie with crust
   o Beef Bourguignon
   o Mashed potatoes
   o Seasonal Vegetable 
   o Apple Crisp with whipped cream (served at the table)

Special note: any veteran of World War II who lives in Falmouth can attend for no charge that night. If they need someone to come with them, one escort is allowed to attend at a price of $ 40. All other attendees must pay full admission price. To make a reservation for a Falmouth WW2 veteran, please call 508-548-4857 or email [email protected]

This event made possible in part by the sponsorship of Cape Cod Five Bank, Wood Lumber Company, and the Falmouth Road Race.

To purchase a ticket to this dinner at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, click below:


The Kissing Sailor V-J Day Commemoration Dinner



Cannot make the dinner but still want to make a donation to honor those who served in World War 2?  You can do so below:




April 9: Heritage Award Dinner

On Wednesday, April 9 at 6 pm, at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, the Falmouth Historical Society and the Museums on the Green will host the annual Heritage Award dinner.  This is to recognize individuals or groups who have made a significant and positive impact upon the town of Falmouth and to Cape Cod.

Our 2014 recipients are Elizabeth Heald Arthur and Sally Cross.

This event is sponsored by:

Orchid Level:  C.H. Newton Builders Inc.

Rose Level:  Wood Lumber Company

Rose Level:  M. Duffany Builders

Tulip Level:  Compassionate Care ALS

Tulip Level:  Jim and Caroline Lloyd

Advertiser:  Falmouth Art Center

 

We hope you can join us to honor and celebrate the lives of these two extraordinary ladies.

Menu:  (cash bar)

  • Cheese and crackers
  • House Salad
  • Entrée Choice:
    • Chicken Saltimbocca
    • Pistachio encrusted Salmon
    • Vegetarian Plate
  • Strawberry Shortcake

(Note: $35 of this event is tax-deductible.)

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Heritage Dinner April 9 2014
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