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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VIRTUAL TALK: “The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution” with Lindsay Chervinsky
October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10.00
George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution
George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the United States in 1789. Two and a half years later, he called his first cabinet meeting. Seriously? That’s right. The US Constitution hadn’t created or provided for such a body. In fact, the delegates to the Constitution Convention had explicitly rejected the idea. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections, constitutional challenges and a Congress lacking help, Washington decided he needed a group of advisors he could turn to. He modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. In the early days, the cabinet served at the president’s pleasure. Throughout his administration, Washington tinkered with its structure, at times calling regular meetings, at other times preferring written advice and individual discussions. Department secretaries Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph convened for the first cabinet meeting in 1791 . Their roles had far-reaching consequences. The tensions between Hamilton and Jefferson heightened partisanship and contributed to the development of the first party system. And as Washington faced an increasingly recalcitrant Congress, the cabinet helped him expand the role of the president and the executive branch, laying the foundation for one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government today.
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