How Migrants from Portugal Helped Make Falmouth a More Cosmopolitan, “Creole” and Cooperative Community

Watch video of the February 6th Conversation here.

Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation
by Miguel Moniz
February 6, 2020, 12:30 PM
Woods Hole Public Library (lower level)
Free and open to the public (but donations accepted)

Portugese immigrantsThis talk will explore histories of conflict and cooperation in Falmouth after the arrival of 2,000 migrants mostly from the Azores and Cabo Verde in the early 1900s.

Research from three historical events in Falmouth history will be presented:

  1. Early 1900s debates in the town about Portuguese racial identities (including calls for migrants from Portugal to be placed in segregated schools.)
  2. The work of migrants from Portugal in Falmouth over the first half of the century as agricultural field workers, in domestic service, care-taking and other manual labor, in light of patronage, economic cooperation and definitions of Portuguese racial identities; and how this shaped their social mobilities over the next 50 years.
  3. Efforts in the 1950s to feature the Portuguese migrant community as part of a marketing campaign for tourism in Falmouth (which gave birth to the “Strawberry Festival”).

In the talk, Dr. Moniz will discuss if Falmouth, after a century of having worked out difference and belonging through overlapping cooperation in internationally oriented community organizations and institutions among generations of migrant and non-migrant residents, has made the town a more cosmopolitan, “creole” and cooperative place? As a result, does this help the community today to reach across conflicts of class, economic disparity, social identity and lack of legal rights to forge convivial local relations?

Anthropologist Miguel Moniz, FLAD/Brown Visiting Professor, Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University and the Center for Research in Anthropology, ISCTE/IUL. A resident of Lisbon, Dr. Moniz grew up in Falmouth but has lived in Portugal (and been back and forth to New England) since the late 1980s.

New Gardening Practices and Trends

Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation 
by Terry Soares of Soares Flower Garden Nursery 
March 10, 12:30 PM
Woods Hole Public Library Lower Level
Free and open to the public (but donations accepted)

Terry Soares, co-owner of Soares Flower Garden Nursery, will discuss gardening practices of the past and how more environmentally friendly landscaping trends are impacting how we approach gardening.  There will also be a brief discussion on the landscape at the newly renovated Church of the Messiah Parish Community Center in Woods Hole, all done with an eye on aesthetics and sustainable landscape practices.

WHHM Conversation: “Dan Clark: Marine Contractor and Woods Hole Legend”

“Dan Clark: Marine Contractor and Woods Hole Legend” is the topic of Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Conversation on January 9 at 12:30 PM in the Woods Hole Library lower level meeting room. 

Dan Clark

Dan Clark, on right, with a member of his crew, Skip Norgeot, at work on a project in Eel Pond in Woods Hole in the early 1960s. (Photo: Woods Hole Historical Museum)

Listen to audio of the January 9, 2020 Dan Clark Conversation here.

Memories will be shared by Peter Bumpus, Tom Renshaw and Chip Shultz, who worked with Dan over the years. His major projects included building docks, repairing cables that supplied power to Martha’s Vineyard, dredging channels, and in 1965, constructing the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s R/V Lulu that served as the support vessel for the submersible Alvin. 

Dan Clark, who was born in 1919 and died in 1999, also served as second mate on the WHOI research vessel Atlantis in the mid 1940s. According to the book, “Atlantis Stories,” published by the Woods Hole Historical Collection, “he quickly commanded respect as a gentleman and admiration as a skilled seaman…A mentor to many young men in town, he was a legend in his own time.”

At the Conversation,  members of the audience are encouraged to share their stories and memories of Mr. Clark. The talk is free and open to the public.