The Museums on the Green will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 1. Our hours will be Thursday-Saturday from 10am-2 pm.
HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS
Beginning July 2, we will offer 5 different historical walking tours of Falmouth every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning at 10:00. MORE INFO
UPCOMING TALKS & EVENTS
Check out our upcoming events and virtual/in person talks with authors and historians below.
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In 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail on a three-year expedition to the icy continent of Antarctica, the unchartered end of the earth. After a series of costly setbacks, he had two options: turn back in defeat or sail deeper into the freezing waters toward glory—the first expedition to reach the magnetic South Pole. De Gerlache chose glory.Find out more »
On Campus Event: August Adventure Day Saturday, August 7, 10 am-2 pm Free Campus Admission, Free Walking Tour! During the month of August 2021, the Highland Street Foundation is partnering with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days--and the Museums on the Green is the August 7 stop! Our 10 am historical walk will be free for all. Just arrive at the Hallett Barn at 9:45. Visitors will also be able to tour…Find out more »
The United States Constitution was written in 1787. The first three words are “we the people.” But we are not the first or the only people to create a written governing document.Find out more »
KATHARINE LEE BATES POETRY CONTEST READINGS Join our second Virtual Poetry Fest! Once again, we will celebrate everyone--six year olds to seniors-- who submitted original, unpublished poems. Many of the poets will read their own works; family members and friends will read others. This annual event is free and open to all. It was established over two decades ago to celebrate literacy, originality and creativity and to remember the Falmouth-born poet who wrote, among many other works, “America the Beautiful.”…Find out more »
Annual Teddy Bear Picnic: A Make and Take Affair Cost Per Bear Kit $15 Our in-person event is back! Make a bear with your children or grandchildren and take it home for more fun. Each "Bear Kit" ($15) comes with a bear, stuffing, t-shirt, birth certificate, and other bear-y cool things. This is the Museums' most popular children's event, so reservations are required and quantities are limited. Many thanks to The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod for sponsoring this event.…Find out more »
It was the last evening of summer in 2013. Five shots rang out in the Holly, a part of northeast Denver. African American families fleeing the Jim Crow South had settled in this area, which, over time, become the “invisible city” within a historically white metropolis. Shootings weren’t uncommon in the Holly. But the identity of the shooter that night came as a total shock.Find out more »
Pulitzer Prize Winning Scholar and Critic Louis Menand show us that the Cold War was not just a contest of power. It was a contest of ideas: economic, political, artistic and personal that shaped American culture.Find out more »
The Fight for Women's Suffrage and the Century that Followed
Nancy Pelosi’s forward to Victory for the Vote reminds us “that the trailblazing suffragists did not wait for change, they worked for change!” And work they did!
Remember when America’s scrappy navy took on the full might of Britain’s sea power? Probably not. It was the least known campaign of the Revolutionary War. It was also one of the most crucial.Find out more »
In August of 1911, Vincent Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Exactly what happened in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the famous painting exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the one returned to the Louvre is a fake. Now, present-day art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor—you guessed it--Peruggia.Find out more »
The New York Times named it a New and Noteworthy book. Critics are calling it “smart, sexy and scientific” “whip-smart and undeniably unique” and “worth every minute spent reading it.”Find out more »
When settlers spilled across the Appalachians to exploit lands won from the British in the War of Independence, they disregarded on thing: the rightful owners of the land. This is the untold story of the two Shawnee brothers who retaliated against the threat.Find out more »
They called him the Little Giant. But Illinois’ Stephen A. Douglas packed a lot of power and persuasion into his five-foot-four-inch frame. He was a U.S. senator, leader of the Democratic Party and one of two Democratic Party nominees for president in the 1860 election. The debates he held with Abraham Lincoln are some of the most famous in American history. Well, we all know how that election turned out. But Douglas never belonged where the history books put him: in Lincoln’s shadow.Find out more »
Gena Turgel was a prisoner who worked in the hospital at Bergen-Belsen. There, she cared for the young Anne Frank who was dying of typhus. Sisters Ida and Louis Cook sponsored refugees, helped smuggle their jewelry, furs and other valuables out of occupied territories and established temporary housing for immigrant families in London. The list goes on: a world tennis champ who became a spy, a Polish immigrant who worked for the OSS, a Jewish refugee who became a partisan to fight the Nazis. These are the girls who stepped out of line, the women who served, fought, struggled and made things happen—in and out of uniform during World War II.Find out more »
He was overshadowed by his brilliant father, humiliated in office after the contested election of 1824, viciously assailed by populist opponents for being slippery and effete, and then resoundingly defeated by the western war hero Andrew Jackson in the 1828 election which ushered in an era of unparalleled expansion. John Quincy Adams has never basked in the historical spotlight—until now.Find out more »
Charles Ponzi, circa 1920 (Wikipedia) THE PONZI SCHEME A Slide Show and Talk Long before Bernie Madoff made off with about $64.8 billion in other people’s money, there was a guy named Ponzi. Charles Ponzi. Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi (1882-1949) was born and raised in Italy. He arrived in Boston aboard the S.S. Vancouver in 1903 with a few dollars and change in his pocket. Years later, he told the New York Times, “I landed in this country…Find out more »