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 Pleasures of Age: Old Women and Political Power in the Women’s Suffrage Movement” with Corinne Field
August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
THE PLEASURES OF AGE:
Old Women and Political Power in the Women’s Sufrage Movement
On her seventieth birthday in 1885, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton delivered a speech on “The Pleasures of Age”. She declared that “fifty not fifteen is the heyday of woman’s life.” While touring the country in the 1870s, Sojourner Truth turned her embodied performance of old age into a political claim for financial reparations owed formerly enslaved people. By the 1890s, white suffragists hailed Susan B. Anthony as the “grand old woman of America” and compared her favorably to presidents Lincoln and Washington. In the nineteenth century, women suffragists demanded respect and security for older women as an essential dimension of political empowerment. Corrine Field, an Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia, will tell you why. She’ll also tell you why these hopes remain largely unrealized over a century later.
Corinne Field is currently completing a monograph entitled “Grand Old Women and Modern Girls: Age, Race, and Power in the US Women’s Rights Movement, 1870 to 1920” and co-editing with an interdisciplinary anthology on the global history of black girlhood with LaKisha Simmons. In 2018-2019, she was the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
FREE EVENT/PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
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2020 WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE COMMEMORATION PROGRAMMING
“Gaining the Vote: The Road to Women’s Suffrage” Virtual Series
August 2020 marks the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. The Museums on the Green has been awarded a Discussion Grant from Mass Humanities/the National Endowment for the Humanities to support “Gaining the Vote: The Road to Women’s Suffrage,” a series of virtual talks and performances highlighting the long road to women’s suffrage. We’ll feature upcoming programs in our Calendar as they become available.
WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE RESOURCES
View our recommended reading and online resources lists related to American Women’s Suffrage.
UNTOLD TALES OF FALMOUTH: “Women Who Said ‘Why Not?'”
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