F MotG WICKS

Recent improvements to the Wicks House on the campus of Falmouth’s Museums on the Green have led to a new gallery being built in the back section of the house.

The Falmouth Historical Society, which owns and operates Museums on the Green, has several changes planned for the historic 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House on its campus in Falmouth.

In addition to repairing a leaky chimney and putting on a new roof, builders are creating new gallery and exhibition spaces in the rear section of the house.

The museum’s executive director, Mark Schmidt, said the repairs led to the opportunity to “create a dynamic new exhibition space inside the house.”

Mr. Schmidt said that until now, the rear of the house had only been used for storage. The new exhibition space will allow the society to feature more items from its extensive archives, as well as those from private collections.

Falmouth artist Karen Rinaldo will be among the first to exhibit in the Museums’ new gallery, which should be completed early in 2020. Her work, “The First Thanksgiving/1621,” is currently on loan to the Museums on the Green from The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches through 2021 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in the New World.

The oil-on-canvas depicts the 52 Pilgrims and 91 Wampanoag Indians who gathered at Plimoth Plantation in 1621 for what would become known as the first Thanksgiving.

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