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 Indomitable Florence Finch” with Robert Mrazek
March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10.00
THE INDOMITABLE FLORENCE FINCH
The Untold Story of a War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter
and Savior of American POWs
Florence Finch was an unlikely warrior. Her mother was Filipino; her father was an American serviceman. As World War II drew close to the Philippines, Florence fell in love with a dashing American naval intelligence agent, Charles “Bing” Smith, stationed in Manila. When Bing was killed in battle, the mild-mannered housewife became a fervent resistance fighter. In constant peril of arrest and execution, she conceived a bold plan to divert tons of precious fuel from the Japanese army and sell it on the black market to secure desperately needed food and medicine for hundreds of American POWs. Florence’s little-known story unfolds against the Bataan Death March, the fall of Corregidor, and the daily struggle to survive a brutal occupying force. When she died at the age of 101 in New York, few knew this unassuming woman was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Long accustomed to keeping her secrets close in service of the Allies, she waited fifty years to reveal the story of those dramatic and harrowing days to her own children. In The Indomitable Florence Finch, award-winning military historian and former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek has secured her place among America’s pantheon of war heroes.
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