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: “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” with Julian Sancton
July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10.00
MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH
The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night
In 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail on a three-year expedition to the icy continent of Antarctica, the unchartered end of the earth. After a series of costly setbacks, he had two options: turn back in defeat or sail deeper into the freezing waters toward glory—the first expedition to reach the magnetic South Pole. De Gerlache chose glory. Soon, the ship was stuck fast in the icy hold of the Bellingshausen Sea. And when the sun set on the magnificent polar landscape one last time, its occupants were condemned to harsh, endless nights. For months, they were besieged by monotony and plagued by a mysterious illness. Amid the darkness, they descended into madness. Two young officers are at the heart of this epic tale of survival. Dr. Frederick Cook,half genius/half con man and the lone American on the expedition. And Roald Amundsen, the ship’s first mate. Together, they planned a last-ditch, nearly-certain-to-fail escape from the ice.
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