Click on the links below for more information about holdings in the Museums’ archives.
Finding Aid to Family Collections
FHS Digital Archive Index See also Youtube description of the Digital Archive
Katharine Lee Bates Manuscript Collection
Log of the Commodore Morris 1849-1853 (Transcription by SEA)
Log of the Commodore Morris 1849-53 (original ms.) Part 1
Log of the Commodore Morris 1849-53 (original ms.) Part 2
From Heaven to Hell via Hoboken, unabridged
Katharine Lee Bates: Read about the poet and her most famous work.
Bates was asked countless times to explain what inspired her poem. This is her reply.
Katharine Lee Bates describes how she wrote America The Beautiful
A short summary of the poet’s life, in her own words.
W.H. Hewins: Town clerk from 1884 to 1934.
At age 84, he set down his memories of how the town looked in his boyhood. Let him show you the contrast between 1850 and 1924. (With annotations including many current street addresses.)
At left is a reconstruction of the layout of Falmouth village circa 1700, as drawn by Clarence Anderson in 1975.
Click below to see maps from other eras.
Falmouth From the Air in the 1950s
Sample our ongoing new project to scan and share images of our town as it appeared at the beginning of the postwar development boom. With thanks to our sponsor, Mass Humanities.
Third Mate Silas Jones found himself in command of the whaler Awashonks when Pacific Islanders killed the captain and first and second mates. Read about the most famous episode of Falmouth maritime history, and how Silas saved the day.
Eliot Sklar is a 94-year-old World War II veteran. He served as a seaman aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer Hambleton, and participated in four invasions: Normandy, Cherbourg, Southern France, and Okinawa. For his role in the liberation of France, he was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2013. We learned more about Mr. Sklar, a resident of Atria in Falmouth, when he submitted materials for our COVID-19 archive.
Untold Tales of Falmouth: “These Precedented Times”
The Chevalier Award
Eliot Sklar, Naval Service
Veterans Spotlight, capenews.net