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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VIRTUAL TALK: “In the Cauldron” with Lew Paper
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
IN THE CAULDRON
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. Grew had lived and worked in Tokyo for almost ten years. He knew America couldn’t gauge Japan’s mindset by Western standards of logic. He knew the Japanese would rather face annihilation than endure the humiliation of surrendering to American pressure. And he knew they could start a war with the United States “with dangerous and dramatic suddenness” however suicidal that seemed at the time. In the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Grew tried, with increasing urgency, to orchestrate an agreement between the two countries. The American government wouldn’t listen to him; The Japanese became increasingly hostile. Pervasive surveillance, arbitrary arrest, and even unspeakable torture by Japan’s secret police were constant threats. Grew’s diaries, letters and memos, interviews with his family and an abundance of other primary source materials reveal the political cauldron brewing and the man who tried to stop the inevitable.
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