Due to the pandemic, the Museums on the Green is currently closed to the public. However, we have created a dynamic new virtual series of talks with authors and historians (see what’s planned below) and a new virtual exhibit “Cash, Credit or Eels: Shopping Local in the 1820s” featuring new items from the archives each week. You can also read the latest issue of “Untold Tales of Falmouth” and catch up with previously published Tales here. Plus…there’s more to come!
We’ll announce the official opening for the 2020 season and additional programming here. We do not plan to host historic house tours or walking tours until mid-August 2020. Our historic trolley tours will not be held this year.
The Museums on the Green is also seeking submissions for its “Covid-19 Archives”. Individuals, businesses and groups are invited to submit journals, essays, poems, photographs, songs, videos and other items that illustrate what life has been like in Falmouth during the 2020 pandemic. Later, we’ll share these stories and artifacts with you–and preserve them for generations to come in our new archives collection. MORE INFO
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VIRTUAL TALK: “In the Wake of the Mayflower: The First Encounter” with Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle
IN THE WAKE OF THE MAYFLOWER The First Encounter In the Wake of the Mayflower is the story of life after the Mayflower's arrival--from The First Encounter through the 50 years of peace that ended with King Philip's War. It highlights the mutually-dependent relationship between the Pilgrims and the indigenous Wampanoags, documented in Karen Rinaldo's depiction of "The First Thanksgiving /1621." This painting has been met with critical acclaim by historians, the National Park Service and Wampanoag leaders for its positive eye on…Find out more »
THE BOSTON MASSACRE: A FAMILY HISTORY Fact. On a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot and killed five local, unarmed citizens. However, from the very beginning, one fascinating truth has been obscured from this often-told story: the conflicts between the British troops and the increasingly rebellious colonists leading up to the historic event were not just political. They were also personal. Very personal. In an antagonistic 1768 decision by army officers, the first British troops sent to subdue…Find out more »
THE FIRST FIRST LADIES The Informal Political Power of Early American Women During the 17th and early 18th centuries, social class was ever-so important. And, despite the entrenched tradition of patriarchy, high-ranking women could wield more power than lower-status men. Meet the first First Ladies. The wives of the governors of America's original thirteen colonies were married to politics—literally and figuratively. Because of this, they were particularly well placed to leverage their talents, status and influence to achieve personal and…Find out more »
NO USELESS MOUTH: Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution In the era of the American Revolution, guns weren’t the only weapons of war. Hunger was also at the center of every power struggle. In peaceful times, gifts of food, ceremonial feasts and a shared experience of hunger were part of the diplomacy between the British, Patriots and Native Americans. However, when diplomacy failed, food became a powerful tool of warfare. Native Americans asserted authority by destroying food…Find out more »