The Museums on the Green will host three virtual talks and one hybrid event during December.
On Tuesday, December 7, at noon, author Julie Flavell will talk about one of Britain’s most distinguished military families portrayed in her book, “The Howe Dynasty.” The Howe family has been known for two things: the military exploits of the men and the remarkable influence of the women. Case in point: in December 1774, Benjamin Franklin met Caroline Howe in a London drawing room for “half a dozen Games of Chess.” However, these meetings weren’t about board games. Caroline’s brothers—British General Sir William Howe and Richard Admiral Lord Howe—were there. They were all part of a last-ditch attempt to forestall the outbreak of the American War of Independence.
Also on Tuesday, December 7, at 7 PM journalist Stephen Kurczy will talk about his experiences in “The Quiet Zone,” Green Bank, West Virginia, home of the Green Bank Observatory. There, all devices that emanate radio frequencies that could interfere with the Observatory’s sophisticated telescope are banned. No Wi-Fi. No iPads. Digital silence. But amid the residents seeking a simpler way of life, Ms. Kurczy discovered a bundle of activity: a tech buster patrolling the area for illegal radio waves; “electrosensitives” who claim that Wi-Fi is deadly; a sheriff’s department with a string of unsolved murder cases dating back decades; and a camp of neo-Nazis plotting their resurgence from a nearby mountain hollow.
Longtime ESPN writer Ivan Maisel will speak about his very personal memoir about loss, grief, and love at a hybrid event on Thursday, December 9, at 7 PM. In February 2015, Mr. Maisel received a call that his son’s car had been found abandoned in a parking lot next to Lake Ontario. Two months later, Max’s body was found in the lake. There wasn’t a note—or any indication that Max wanted to harm himself. He’d signed up for a year-long subscription to a dating service; he’d spent the day he disappeared doing photography work for school. This uncertainty heightened Mr. Maisel’s grief as he dealt with the tragic reality of losing a child. This event is free and open to all. Visitors can attend virtually or in person at the museums’ Cultural Center.
On Monday, December 13, author Dean Jobb will discuss his book, “The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream,” which explores the life of a sinister doctor as brazen as Jack the Ripper. In the span of 15 years, the doctor murdered as many as 10 people—mostly vulnerable and desperate women who had turned to him for medical help.
Museums on the Green is at 55-65 Palmer Avenue in Falmouth. Unless otherwise noted, admission is $10; and $5 for museum members. Registration details are on the museum’s website. Those interested can purchase companion books from the museums’ co-host, Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth. Order books online or call 508-548-5548.