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 new virtual exhibits featuring items from the archives. 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!
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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The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
Eric Roberts was a balding, seemingly inconsequential bank clerk from Cornwall, England. But, he had a winning smile and an uncanny ability to make people trust him. He also had an extraordinary amount of nerve—something you needed when you were a British spy. His code name was Agent Jack. Posing as Jack King, he helped uncover and neutralize the threat of fascism on British shores during WWII—which wasn’t as invisible as people thought at the time.
Boston 1918. The deadly Spanish flu spread. The streets emptied. The war raged on. The enemy seemed to be lurking everywhere: prowling in submarines off the coast of Cape Cod, arriving on passenger ships in the harbor. Anyone who looked or sounded German was suspect. A fever gripped the city and wouldn’t let go.Find out more »
Terror, Tension, and the American Ambassador's Struggle to Avoid Pearl Harbor
In the second half of 1941, America was tightening its noose around Japan’s neck. President Roosevelt’s economic sanctions were crippling the country, but its leaders refused to yield to American demands. Roosevelt thought it was just a matter of time. Joseph Grew, America’s ambassador to Japan, knew time had nothing to do with it.Find out more »
This is the first major literary biography of America’s most beloved nineteenth century poet in more than 50 years. It’s time to remember the life, the times, the works--the soul--of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.Find out more »
The Hotel That Set Women Free
Sure, Manhattan’s got the Plaza, the Algonquin and the Waldorf Astoria. But young women with a suitcase and a dream checked into The Barbizon. The iconic hotel was built on 140 East 63rd Street in Manhattan in 1927 at the height of the Roaring Twenties. It was intended to be a haven for “modern women” seeking careers in the arts. It became a magnet for ambitious young women who wanted adventure, independence and big-city careers. Not to mention fame and fortune, too.
Bruno Lohse was a charismatic art dealer in Berlin. He was also an SS officer and one of the most notorious art plunderers in history. Hermann Göring appointed him to Hitler’s art looting agency in Paris. There, he helped supervise the systematic theft and distribution of more than 30,000 artworks, taken largely from French Jews. He also helped the Nazi leader amass an invaluable private collection of plundered works—and apparently helped himself to some pieces he admired, too.Find out more »
In 1910, Olive MacLeod received word that her fiancé, the famous naturalist Boyd Alexander, was missing in Africa. So, she did what any Scottish aristocrat in the early twentieth century would do. She went to find him.Find out more »
He was born in Virginia in 1755. Although the rough-cut frontiersman had little formal education, he became one of the nation’s preeminent lawyers and politicians. Meet John Marshall. He was at the center of every political battle—from the nation’s founding in 1776 for the next 40 years.Find out more »
The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss made our childhood’s whimsical and wonderful, magical and musical. A green Grinch who stole Christmas, a mischievous cat with a funny striped hat, and an elephant on a mission to rescue a tiny village of Whos. What would he dream up next?Find out more »
It is said that if the Tower of London’s ravens should ever leave, the Crown will fall and Britain with it. That puts more than a little pressure on the Ravenmaster which, surprisingly, is a serious title indeed. Get a behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument.Find out more »
How a Jewish Drive, an American Heiress and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best
As Nazi Germany pushed the world toward war in 1938, there was another race in progress. The Grand Prix in Pau, France. Adolf Hitler wanted to reign supreme there, too. His elite racing team had millions upon millions in resources and driver Rudi Caraccioloa, whose killer instincts had put him at the top of the racing world. Now meet the underdogs...
In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell did the impossible. She became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. Her younger sister also did the impossible. In fact, Emily was the more brilliant physician.Find out more »
Imagine this: a Reverse Underground Railroad. A black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the Antebellum South. It happened in Philadelphia.Find out more »
The whaling industry drove the early American economy. By the early 1800s, it was one of the most profitable enterprises in the United States, second only to textiles. Whale products were so valuable that people made fortunes. They also lost fortunes. Some lost their lives. While a life at sea seems like a great venture for some and adventure for others, whaling expeditions were dangerous. The competition was fierce. The elements were harsh. The journeys were long. The outcome of each voyage was unknown.Find out more »
World War II. The German Wehrmacht had many well-trained and battle-hardened mountain divisions. At the start of the war, the US Army had none. So they did what Americans do: they started from scratch. They turned a wild idea into a reality and created a unique military fighting force, the 10th Mountain Division.Find out more »
The Spaniards called him “El Draque.” The dragon. The red-haired, hot-tempered Englishman was one of the most successful pirates ever to sail, making fortunes pillaging galleons laden with New World silver and gold. He was also the most wanted. King Philip II of Spain offered a reward of 20,000 ducats for his capture or death. (That’s about $8 million today.)Find out more »
Baseball history is straight out of left field. You may have heard that Abner Doubleday or Alexander Cartwright invented the game. Neither did. You may think that a club called the Knickerbockers played the first game in 1846. They didn’t. And, for the record, baseball wasn’t born in Cooperstown, Hoboken or New York City, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings weren’t the first professional club, and Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first to cross baseball’s color line.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 »
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!