The 1730 Conant House is open all year, Monday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm for self-guided tours to see our exhibit, “Falmouth: Changing with the Times”. Our Cultural Center rotates exhibits throughout the year. Additionally, the Museums on the Green offers a full range of adult and family programs, including our 2019 Lecture Series. Costs to most lectures are $ 5 for members and $ 10 for non-members, and are usually held at our Cultural Center, 35 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth unless otherwise noted. We also offer historical trolley rides on Wednesdays during the fall (reservations required), and in the Spring and Summer, walking tours of Falmouth on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am (weather permitting).
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“Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived To Tell About It” with Brian Murphy
March 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$5.00
It’s 1856. One hundred passengers—mostly Irish immigrants–have boarded a small ship sailing from Liverpool to New York. Only one will survive: Crewman Thomas W. Nye of Fairhaven. This is his story. It’s also the story of the thirteen other souls who made it into the lifeboat with him when an iceberg tore the ship asunder and set them adrift in the icy Atlantic four hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland. They had no supplies, just a few blankets, some water, some biscuits. Over the next nine days, all but one died–some from exposure, others from madness and panic. In the end, only Nye and the ship’s log survived. Author Brian Murphy uses Nye’s firsthand descriptions, newspaper accounts, ship’s logs, assorted diaries and family archives to chronicle this chilling tale of suffering and survival.
Eight Cousins Books, our co-host, will have copies of this book at the talk. The book will also be available in the store at 189 Main Street in