FALMOUTH— The Falmouth Museums on the Green opens its 2019 series of talks with an end-to-end historical look at the coolest game ever: hockey. On Saturday, February 2, at 2:00 p.m., Andrew Holman, author of “Hockey: A Global History,” will share how this fast-paced sport shot out of the shinny ponds of Saskatchewan, sped south to the United States and raced throughout Europe and Asia to become the worldwide phenomenon it is today.
On Friday, February 22, local historian Don Wilding will talk about one of the most lucrative and dangerous undertakings for locals during the Prohibition era: rum running. And, on Thursday, February 28, historian Christopher Daley will review all the fascinating evidence from the infamous, unsolved Lizzie Borden case so mystery lovers can decide for themselves whodunnit.
“The great thing about history is that there’s so much to talk about,” says the Museums’ Executive Director Mark Schmidt. “Wars, great leaders, sports legends, spies, unsolved mysteries, arts, politics—if it happened, we’ll talk about it at the Museums.”
Schmidt says some of the most interesting talks are about little-known subjects, like The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 and the Fenian Raids in Canada after the American Civil War.
“This is the 100th anniversary of what must be the most unusual flood ever,” says Schmidt. “A 50-foot, steel tank collapsed, disgorging 2.3 million gallons of molasses on Boston's Waterfront, killing 21 people, injuring 150 more and destroying just about everything in its path.”
Stephen Puleo, author of “Dark Tide” will share more about this offbeat tragedy on Friday, March 15, at 3 p.m.
“In March, we'll also learn more about the time the Irish invaded Canada,” Schmidt adds. “Just after the Civil War, a very unlikely band of veterans decided to stop fighting each other and fight for their homeland of Ireland. They plotted to take the British province of Canada and hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. Believe it or not, they succeeded—if only for a few days.”
Christopher Klein, author of “When the Irish Invaded Canada,” will be at the Museums on Thursday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Schmidt says the Museums has 28 talks scheduled so far, with more on the way. Eight Cousins Bookstore co-hosts every “Author Talk” in the series and provides books for purchase and personalization at each event. They’re also available at the bookstore, 189 Main Street, Falmouth and online at eightcousins.com.
Most talks are held in the Museums’ Cultural Center, 55-65 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth. Admission to each talk is $5 Members/$10 Non-Members. Through February, history buffs can purchase a Season Pass which gives them access to any talk throughout the year at a considerable savings ($80 Members/$160 Non-Members). For tickets, passes or additional information, visit museumsonthegreen.org or call 508-548-4857, ext. 14.