The 1730 Conant House is open all year, Monday-Friday, 10 am to 3 pm for self-guided tours to see our exhibit, “Falmouth: Changing with the Times”. Our Cultural Center rotates exhibits throughout the year. Additionally, the Museums on the Green offers a full range of adult and family programs, including our 2019 Lecture Series. Costs to most lectures are $ 5 for members and $ 10 for non-members, and are usually held at our Cultural Center, 35 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth unless otherwise noted. We also offer historical trolley rides on Wednesdays during the fall (reservations required), and in the Spring and Summer, walking tours of Falmouth on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am (weather permitting).
“Yale Needs Women” with Anne Gardiner Perkins
March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$10.00
YALE NEEDS WOMEN
How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant
1969 was a landmark year. More than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans flocked to Woodstock, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet made its debut, and the Apollo 11 mission put the first two men on the moon. What else? Yale University, dedicated to graduating “one thousand male leaders every year” finally opened its door to women. For the very first time, the top female students from small towns and big cities across the nation took a giant step onto the imposing Yale campus and another giant step forward for equality in education. Or was it? These pioneering undergraduates were isolated from one another, singled out as oddities and sexual objects and barred from many of the privileges an elite education was supposed to offer. While the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1970s played out in the background, these young women fought against the backward-leaning traditions of a centuries-old institution and created the opportunities that would carry them into the future. Their strength, resilience and courage still resonate today.
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