An Update on “Postcards from Falmouth,” a Local History Project
It was just about one year ago that Library staff kicked off the creation of an oral history grant and began recording local historians discussing landmarks and locations inspired by the Library’s collection of historical postcards of Falmouth. Although recording remains suspended in an effort to keep our community safe during the pandemic, work on the project carries on in various ways.
First, we wish to introduce Mary Loftus, our grant assistant, who has hit the ground running and brings much experience to the project as well as a neighborly manner and a keen interest in local history. Welcome on board, Mary!
Aside from planning more programs with speakers on local history topics, we are also completing post-production work on the oral histories we have recorded. These recordings not only include Revered Jonathan Drury, Reverend Will Mebane, and Rabbi Elias Lieberman; but they also include locals Donald Fish, Bill Swift, and Kevin Doyle.
On an unhappy note, however, we were very sad to learn that one of our historians, Dick Kendall, recently passed on. Mr. Kendall grew up in Falmouth and served the town in many ways. His account of playing baseball on the Falmouth Heights ball field is not only priceless but illustrates perfectly the exact goal of the project—preserving Falmouth’s history as told by its residents.
While we have many more local historians on deck to record as soon as we can get back into the studio at FCTV, we invite all of the community to contribute in our effort to capture and preserve memories of our beautiful town! Here are ways you can help take part in the project:
- Visit the Postcards from Falmouth digital exhibit and share your memories in the comment sections.
- Interview your favorite Falmouth local historian about Falmouth “back in the day,” or share your own recollections with the Library. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org . Submissions may be included in the Library collection or shared through our social media.
Be sure to contact Mary if you have any questions at email@example.com or call (508) 457-2555 ext. 2951.