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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Paul Clerici, “A History of the Falmouth Road Race”
August 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFREE
SPECIAL FREE TALK
How many stories start like this? “It all began in a bar a long, long time ago…” Well, this 7-mile road race–which hits especially close to home–started just like that. Since then participation has swelled from 100 runners to 13,000 annually, bringing legendary Olympians and champions to Falmouth for the chance to compete. The history of this fascinating race spans 47 years, and Clerici, an award-winning journalist and freelance writer, will share the behind-the-scenes tales and tidbits he’s culled from hundreds of interviews with runners and supporters connected with Falmouth’s famous 7-miler.
Hear about the runner who swam across the harbor. Learn how legendary coach Bill Squires and his Greater Boston Track Club athletes ignited the race’s competition and how the race’s inspiration – Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter – came to Falmouth. Find out why the course distance ranged from 6.9 to 7.5 miles and why 6-time champion Joan Benoit Samuelson nearly missed one year due to her race-morning boat ride.
This compelling story is told through nearly 80 vintage and race-day photographs that span decades, including some which have never been published before. Race founder Tommy Leonard wrote the foreword. The book also includes nearly 100 exclusive interviews with legendary Olympians and champions, such as Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Jen Rhines, Lynn Jennings, Catherine Ndereba, Craig Blanchette and Tatyana McFadden.
Author Paul Clerici, who has run the Falmouth Road Race several times and the Boston Marathon 23 years in a row, is also the author of the “Boston Marathon History by the Mile” and “History of the Greater Boston Track Club” books. Books will be available for purchase and personalization.