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: “The Barbizon” with Paulina Bren
May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10.00
The Hotel That Set Women Free
Sure, Manhattan’s got the Plaza, the Algonquin and the Waldorf Astoria. But young women with a suitcase and a dream checked into The Barbizon. The iconic hotel was built on 140 East 63rd Street in Manhattan in 1927 at the height of the Roaring Twenties. It was intended to be a haven for “modern women” seeking careers in the arts. It became a magnet for ambitious young women who wanted adventure, independence and big-city careers. Not to mention fame and fortune, too. Actresses like Grace Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Alia MacGraw, Jaclyn Smith, Phylicia Rashad and Cybill Shepherd. Writers like Joan Didion, Diane Johnson, Gael Greene and Meg Wolitzer. Mademoiselle magazine interns, Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School students, models from the Ford Agency and just about every other young woman trying to make it in Manhattan stayed in one of the Barbizon’s 700 tiny rooms with matching floral curtains and bedspreads. There, they (finally!) had everything men did: daily maid service, cultural programs, workout rooms, private dining. Yet, there’s more to this story than the famous women-only hotel. The Barbizon shines a bright light on the social history of American women and a rapidly changing city throughout the 20th century. The hotel was converted into multimillion-dollar condominiums in 2007.
Extra points if you can name the author who fictionalized her time at the Barbizon Hotel in a semi-biographical novel first published in 1963 under the pseudonym “Victoria Lucas.”
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