Museums’ September Series of Talks: From Suffragettes to Saboteurs

Falmouth Museums on the Green

FALMOUTH— The Falmouth Museums on the Green will host six talks in September which cover a wide range of topics, including the Women’s Suffrage Movement, centuries-old destruction of Lisbon and secret military strategies of World War II.

Mark Schmidt, the Museums’ Executive Director, says the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote has inspired several new books, including “Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?” by Tina Cassidy, who will give a talk at 2 pm on Saturday, September 28.

“The day before Woodrow Wilson took the presidential oath of office in 1913, he was upstaged by twenty-five-year old Alice Paul and 8,000 suffragettes, who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Tina Cassidy’s book weaves together the compelling story of the little-known suffragette leader and the well-known president,” he adds.

Earlier in the month, Barbara Berenson will talk about revolutionary women reformers from Massachusetts and the role the state played in the Women’s Suffrage Movement at 2 pm on Saturday, September 14.

“In 1755, Lisbon was one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the capital of a vast global empire,” Schmidt explains.  “In one day, a major earthquake destroyed the city, unleashed a giant tsunami and triggered a hellacious firestorm.”

Mark Molesky, author of “This Gulf of Fire,” will talk about this devastating disaster and its impact on the Western World on Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m.

“Some of the best war-time strategies don’t take place on the battlefield,” Schmidt says.

On Tuesday, September 25, at 7 pm, local historian Michael McNaught will reveal how the Allies used phantom armies, fictitious radio transmissions, controlled leaks, double agents and other elaborate plots and ruses against the enemy during World War II in his talk, “Intrigues, Lies & Deceptions.”

Admission to each talk is $10 ($5 for members of the Falmouth Historical Society).  Talks are held at the Museums’ Cultural Center on its campus at 55 & 65 Palmer Avenue in Falmouth.  For more information, visit or call 508.548.4857.



Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 pm

“Anxiety Warrior: A Scared Man’s Path to Success and Happiness,” with Brian Beneduce

Saturday, September 14, 2 pm

“Massachusetts in the Women’s Suffrage Movement,” with Barbara Berenson


Thursday, September 19, 7 pm

“The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs,” with Katherine Howe


Saturday, September 21, 2 pm

“This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon,” with Mark Molesky


Wednesday, September 25, 7 pm

“Intrigue, Lies & Deception: Allied Strategic Deception During the Second World War,” with Michael McNaught


Saturday, September 28, 2 pm

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