Historical Societies & Museums
Falmouth Museums on the Green
The Falmouth Museums on the Green, home to the oldest building on the town’s green, is a charming and fascinating place showcasing the town’s history both for visitors to Falmouth and year round residents. The museum includes the Hallett Barn Visitor Center, the Cultural Center, the Wicks House, and the Conant House. Each of these venues offers a variety of innovative programs and educational opportunities throughout the season. The museum has a number of new and ongoing exhibitions for 2015, including “Victorian Life in Falmouth.” Walking tours are provided every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. starting June 9 and running through October 22. On Friday, August 7, join the museum for a night of 1940s fun and dancing at a cocktail party fundraiser, “Swinging on a Star.” Featuring big band era music, a caricature artist, an exhibition of 1940’s fashion, and more, the night is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. For more information, visit museumsonthegreen.org.
Orleans Historical Society
The Orleans Historical Society and Museum features special yearly exhibits and is currently hosting “The Orleans Life-Saving Station,” an exhibit that pays tribute to the men who risked their lives off the coast, and “150 Years from Rail to Trail,” a look at how Orleans was transformed by the rail line. In addition to the museum, the Historical Society houses the Motor Life Boat CG36500, responsible for rescuing 32 survivors from the tanker Pendleton in 1952 off Chatham’s coast. This summer, the Society hosts lecture series on some Tuesdays and each Wednesday morning, called, “Kids at the Museum” which gives children the chance to learn about the town history through projects and crafts. In late July and early August, catch the performances of “The Girl from Quanset,” based on an operetta performed at an Orleans girls’ camp in the early 1900s. For more information, visit orleanshistoricalsociety.org.
Harwich Historical Society
The Harwich Historical Society, located in a former historic schoolhouse, has many happenings to look forward to this summer. One of the most exciting is the acquiring and opening of the Elmer Crowell Barn on the grounds of the museum. Crowell was a master decoy carver and painter, and the barn houses Crowell and his son’s workshop. The workshop will showcase an exhibit featuring tools, carvings, photographs, and other media focused on Crowell and his craft. The barn is the site of carving demonstrations throughout the season. In addition, the museum opens its newest exhibit on Thursday, June 24, titled “Harwich Between the Wars: Challenge and Change,” which examines the difficult times endured by the town residents from the end of the Civil War to World War I. The exhibit includes fashion, changes in technology, and other artifacts. For more information, visit harwichhistoricalsociety.org .
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Wellfleet Preservation Hall serves as a gathering spot and a shared space for the community, hosting numerous events, functions, and happenings throughout the year. The hall has a full schedule for the summer of 2015, with music, poetry, galas, and more. Some highlights include the Provincetown Film Festival, being held at the hall June 18- June 21. The following week, “Taste of the Town,” the hall’s annual fundraising event will take place on June 27. Restaurants and caterers from the mid to lower Cape provide the food for this night of fun. The hall also runs a number of series throughout the summer, including the “Local Lens Series,” which focuses on local filmmakers and their projects, and the “Bright New Stars” series, which gives up-and-coming musical artists a chance to perform. For more information, and a full calendar of events, visit wellfleetpreservatiohall.org.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
The Pilgrim Monument stands as a beacon for historic Provincetown. The tallest all-granite structure in the United States, the monument was built to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrim’s first landing in Provincetown in 1620. The Provincetown Museum, located at the base of the monument, serves as a way to further educate visitors about the rich history of Provincetown and the ways it played a role in both Pilgrim and American history. The museum’s current exhibitions include, “Capture 1614: Our Story —a Wampanoag History,” and “The Fine White Line: Faces Behind the Prints,” which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the famous “Provincetown Print.” The museum and monument are open daily throughout the summer. For more information, visit pilgrim-monument.org.
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