The Museums on the Green will host seven virtual talks during September. Authors and historians from across the country will be talking about the broadest pan-Indian confederation in US history, what the founding fathers really thought about the republic government they created, the former president who passionately and relentlessly took up the antislavery cause, the little-known women who helped win World War II, and Boston’s most outrageous rogue, who swindled millions from investors in the 1920s with a pyramid scheme so great they named it after him.

Two brothers are at the heart of author Peter Cozzens’s virtual talk, “Tecumseh and the Prophet” on Tuesday, September 7. When settlers spilled across the Appalachians to exploit lands won from the British in the War of Independence, they disregarded on thing: the rightful owners of the land. The Shawnee brothers unified the disparate tribes of the old Northwest and retaliated against the threat.

On Tuesday, September 14, retired US Army Major General Mari K. Eder will share stories of the “The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line,” the women who helped win World War II—in and out of uniform. Sisters Ida and Louis Cook sponsored refugees; helped smuggle their jewelry, furs and other valuables out of occupied territories; and established temporary housing for immigrant families in London. Liane B. Russell fled Austria with nothing and later become a renowned US scientist. Her research on the effects of radiation on embryos made a difference to thousands of lives. The list of unsung heroes also includes a world tennis champ who became a spy, a Polish immigrant who worked for the OSS, and a Jewish refugee who became a partisan to fight the Nazis.

By the end of their lives, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson felt that America’s constitutional experiment was an utter failure. In fact, they thought the new government wouldn’t last beyond their own generation. On Tuesday, September 21, Dennis Rasmussen, author of “Fears of a Setting Sun,” will reveal the reasons why some of America’s great founding fathers became disillusioned—and the one who retained his faith to the end.

Long before Bernie Madoff made off with about $64.8 billion in other people’s money, there was a guy named Charles Ponzi, aka Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi (1882-1949). On Thursday, September 30, writer David Kruh will lead a talk and slide show titled “The Ponzi Scheme,” about the infamous Italian who arrived in Boston in 1903 and bilked investors out of millions right under the noses of suspicious Yankees and normally inquisitive newspapermen.

All talks start at 7 PM. Admission is $10, $5 for members of the museum. Registration is available on the museum’s website.

Registrants will receive a link to access the talks online through Zoom.

Interested persons can also purchase companion books from the Museums’ co-host, Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth by placing orders on the shop’s website or by calling 508-548-5548.

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