The Museums on the Green in Falmouth will host four new online talks with historians and authors in November as part of its ongoing Virtual Museum Series. America’s Colonial period is at the heart of the lineup.
Two local history lovers, Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle, will talk about life after the Mayflower’s arrival in the New World—from The First Encounter through the 50 years of peace between the Pilgrims and the indigenous Wampanoags. Their talk, “In the Wake of the Mayflower: The First Encounter,” is planned for Monday, November 9, at 7 PM.
Author Serena Zabin will explore the intensely human sparks that fueled the American Revolution after British soldiers shot and killed five, local, unarmed citizens in what would become known as The Boston Massacre. The author of “The Boston Massacre: A Family History,” Ms. Zabin will speak on Wednesday, November 11, at 7 PM.
On Wednesday, November 18, at noon, author Rachel Herrmann will return to the battlefield to discuss how guns were not the only weapons of war during the Revolutionary era. Hunger was also at the center of every power struggle. When diplomacy failed, British troops, American Patriots and Native Americans stole supplies, destroyed food stores and cut off supply chains to assert power during this turbulent time. Ms. Herrmann is the author of “No Useless Mouth: Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution.”
A look at the first First Ladies rounds out the month. During the early 17th and early 18th centuries, high-ranking women could wield more power than lower-status men—and, according to author Michelle Coughlin, they did. Her current book project reveals how the governors’ wives from America’s original 13 colonies leveraged their talents, status and influence to achieve personal and public goals. Ms. Coughlin also explores the significant leadership roles Native American and African-American women played within their communities. Ms. Coughlin’s talk for Museums on the Green is titled “The FIRST First Ladies: The Informal Political Power of Early American Women.” It is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, at 7 PM.
Admission for each virtual talk is $5 for members of the museum and $10 for the general public. Registration details are available at www.museumsonthegreen.org. Registrants will receive a link to access the talks online through Zoom.
Those interested can also purchase companion books from the museums’ co-host, Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth. Order online at www.eightcousins.com, or call 508-548-5548.
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