Located in the Hallett Barn, the Whaling Wives Gift Shop features a selection of history-inspired books and thoughtfully designed products including educational items for children, jewelry, candles, notecards and scrimshaw.
In addition to providing unique gifts for your friends and family, your purchases support the educational programs and on-going preservation efforts of the Falmouth Historical Society and MUSEUMS ON THE GREEN. The Museum Store is open during regular museum hours and visitors are always welcome.
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The following items are available in the Whaling Wives Gift Shop. To place your order, visit or call 508-548-4857. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
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Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea
by Melinda M. Ponder
Katharine Lee Bates’ “America the Beautiful” resonates for many people as the most patriotic and beloved American anthem. Her words remind us of why we love our country– the beauty of our land, the historic sacriﬁces of our people, and our ideals of hope and brotherhood. That has never been more important than today. Drawing on extensive research in Bates family diaries, letters, and memoirs, biographer Melinda M. Ponder brings Katharine (1859-1929) to vivid life on her journeys from Falmouth, Massachusetts, where she felt she had been “rock’d in a clamshell,” to Wellesley College, Boston, Oxford, Spain and Egypt.
Although her passion was poetry, Katharine’s three alluring suitors (two men and a woman) pulled her into major reform movements in a changing America.
Teacher, poet, community builder and patriot, she challenged Americans to make their country the best it could become in its values and literature.
This book is for those who love “America the Beautiful” and those who root for the unlikely triumph of a complicated woman “from sea to shining sea.”
Price: $ 17.95
Voice of the Tide
By Leonard Miele
Katharine Lee Bates, the author of “America the Beautiful” and the most honored native-born resident of Falmouth, Massachusetts, lived on Cape Cod from 1859 to 1871. In Voice of the Tide: The Cape Cod Heritage of Katharine Lee Bates, readers get to know the Falmouth of her youth and how this “little strip of silver shore” influenced her life and writing. Katharine described herself at this time as “a shy, near-sighted child, always hiding away with a book.” By the time she was eleven years old, she was a precocious, erudite child whose favorite writers were Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
With the publication of Voice of the Tide, Leonard Miele introduces Katharine Lee Bates to a new generation of readers. He provides an insightful discussion of her childhood in Falmouth, her earliest writings as a student at the Village Grammar School, and the nostalgic Cape Cod poems she was inspired to write as an adult.
$10 Web Special (regular price $20)
The Book of Falmouth
A Tricentennial Celebration: 1686-1986
Edited by Mary Lou Smith
Filled with photographs and true stories that showcase the characters, characteristics and growth of all the Falmouth villages over 300 years of history.
Price: $50.00 hard cover (10×11), 582 pages
The Captain’s Best Mate: The Journal of Mary Chipman Lawrence on the Whaler Addison, 1858-1860
By Mary Chipman Lawrence. Stanton Garner, editor
The diary of a wife who, with their five-year-old daughter, accompanied her husband on a three year whaling voyage.
Price: $24.95 soft cover (6×9), 340 pages