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).
Capt. Lewis Lawrence of Falmouth and the natural history of Moby Dick, with Richard King
December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10.00
Author and SEA professor Richard J. King talks about his new book, Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick and its connections to Falmouth whaling captain Lewis Lawrence. Lawrence sailed the Pacific in the same era as Melville and his unique, data-heavy logbook and chart reveal volumes about how 19th-C whalemen understood their impact on whales and the rest of the global ocean. Ahab’s Rolling Sea tells the story of Melville’s relationship with the watery world: what he witnessed, read, and what he twisted for Ishmael’s view of the early gears of the Anthropocene. Please join us for a 30 min presentation with plenty more time for questions and discussion. Books will be for sale and, King, an illustrator, too, will draw original watercolor cartoons in each book–for an ideal holiday gift!
“Ahab’s Rolling Sea is a wide-ranging, highly personal, richly eclectic, and extremely well-researched book. There’s a Melvillean romance here, and it sits especially well with King’s love and empathy for human as well as natural history. A contemporary, witty, almost postmodern field guide.”
–Philip Hoare, author of The Sea Inside and The Whale
Bio: Richard J. King is Visiting Associate Professor in Maritime History and Literature at the Sea Education Association. He is previously the author of Lobster and The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, the latter of which was rated a Library Journal best sci-tech book of the year.