Equal rights and deadly epidemics are among the topics slated for the March “Author Series” at the Falmouth Museums on the Green.
On Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m., Jerry Mikorenda, author of “America’s First Freedom Rider,” will talk about Elizabeth Jennings. In 1854, when Jennings boarded the platform on the Chatham Street horsecar in New York City, the conductor told her to wait for the next car because it had “her people in it.” When she did not comply, the conductor, aided by a NYC police officer, assaulted her. Later, her attorney, future U.S. President Chester A. Arthur, won a $250 verdict against the Third Avenue Railroad, opening a bigger story about race relations, desegregation and the struggle for equality in America.
Sixty-four years later, while the United States was embroiled in the Great War overseas, a lethal enemy was at work stateside as well. In October 1918 alone, 195,000 Americans died from influenza, making it the deadliest month in American History. The disease infected about 500 million people—one third of the world’s population. At least 50 million people died worldwide, with about 675,000 deaths in the United States. On Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m., Dr. Jeremy Brown, Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, will give participants an enlightening and unnerving look at the history of this shape-shifting, deadly virus at his talk, based on his book, “Influenza”.
In 1969, more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans flocked to Woodstock, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet made its debut, and the Apollo 11 mission put the first two men on the moon. And, Yale University, dedicated to graduating “one thousand male leaders every year,” finally opened its door to women. On Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m., Anne Gardiner Perkins, author of “Yale Needs Women,” will talk about these pioneering undergraduates who fought against the backward-leaning traditions of a centuries-old institution and created the opportunities that would carry them into the future.
Eight Cousins Bookstore co-hosts every “Author Talk” in the series and provides books for purchase and personalization at each event. They’re also available at the bookstore, 189 Main Street, Falmouth and online at eightcousins.com.
Talks are held at the Museums’ Cultural Center, 55-65 Palmer Ave. in Falmouth. Admission is $10/Museums’ members $5. For tickets or additional information, visit museumsonthegreen.org or call 508-548-4857, ext. 14.
MARCH AUTHOR SERIES