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Check out our past events below!
A Walking Celebration of Cape Cod with Mark McGrath
Summary: Through photographs and discussion, Mark will discuss his favorite walks and adventures. These highlight Cape Cod’s diversity of ocean beaches, forests, deserts, marshes, and ponds. He will also discuss the art about Cape Cod of Thoreau, Hopper, and Mary Oliver. About Duncan Oliver: Mark and Patti McGrath have lived on Cape Cod for 25 years. They keep active hiking, biking, golfing, and skiing. After Patti’s hip replacement they walked for exercise and didn’t stop until they completed the entire perimeter of Cape Cod. They walked the beach and swam the rivers. Mark also enjoys photography, history, and giving talks about Cape Cod and their adventures.
“Sea Captains of Cape Cod”
A Discussion of Historic Maritime Figures
Summary: You might know about whaler Edward Penniman. Eastham is famous for military, racing, whaling and fishing exploits. Each Cape Cod town has a strong connection to the sea. Eastham is no exception. Learn about the hidden captain of the revolutionary war. Local captains Atwood, Hatch, Freeman, and Mayo also have a wonderful tale to tell! About Dr. Michael Pregot: Dr. Pregot has spent over a half of a century in the field of education. He has served as a high school principal, a district-wide school superintendent, a professor of education and as a University Director of an Educational Leadership Department. He has published several articles and a textbook on the dispositions needed to be a respected school official. He has lived on the Cape for several years with his wife, Judith. He is still an on-line professor and author. The maritime history of the Cape has caught his attention for the past few years. He is currently studying the contributions that each Cape Cod town has made to the overall richness of maritime life. Books available on Sunbury Press Com and Amazon Books Related Website Links https://capecodmaritimehistory.com/
Pastor Samuel Treat - Bringing Eastham to a New Era
Presented by Thomas Ryan on September 30, 2021; Filmed by Joanna Holleck Summary: Before the separate incorporations of Wellfleet and Orleans, before the central focus of Eastham migrated to Bridge road and the eventual train depot, Samuel Treat was the long-term pastor of this region. He served both the English arrivals and the Nauset Natives. Understanding his life and ministry, we better appreciate our English pioneers and local Native Americans, and the 375th anniversary this year of the Eastham Congregational Society (now part of the Federated Church of Orleans). Tom Ryan Bio: Tom Ryan was the vice-chair of the Eastham 400 Commemoration Committee, and the senior producer of 120 videos last year on the First Encounter of the Mayflower scouting party and the Nauset Natives, and on the meanings of that encounter for today.
Don Wilding's "Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph"
Presented by Don Wilding on August 19, 2021 Summary: Cape Cod’s outer beach has always been known for its shipwrecks. Between 1626 and the mid-20th century, this solitary 40-mile stretch of beach and sandbars saw the demise of over 3,000 vessels. It’s been said that if all thewrecks were raised, one could walk from Provincetown to Chatham without getting his or her feet wet. Join Cape Cod historian Don Wilding, author of the newly released book, “Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph,” for a look back at some of these disasters, such as the Jason in 1893, the Monomoy Disaster of 1902, and the Castagna in 1914, as well as the heroism of the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Don Wilding Bio: Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history. An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers since 1985, Don has contributed the “Shore Lore” history column for The Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two other books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore,” and “A Brief of History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod.” He is also a tour guide and lecturer and has taught local history classes for adults on the Outer Cape.
“The First Thanksgiving,1621” Commissioned Painting
and the book “In the Wake of the Mayflower”
Presented by Karen Rinaldo and Kevin M. Doyle on August 12, 2021 Summary: The presentation commemorates the 400th year of the landing of the Mayflower on Cape Cod and explores how the painting inspired a country, the world, and the book “In the Wake of the Mayflower” the artist will talk about the commissioned painting in 1994, and the process involved in creating it, the unveiling and exhibition at Pilgrim Hall, and its exhibit at Plymouth Plantation for 20 years. Kevin M. Doyle will share thoughts about their collaboration on the book “In the Wake of the Mayflower” printed in 2019. The book covers 4 timelines: Nauset 1602-1619, Pilgrims arrival and their relationship with the native Wampanoag, King Philip 1621-1675, and the origin of the 15 Cape Cod towns 1675-1976. Presenter Bio: Karen Rinaldo is a visual historian. Karen's work of the “First Thanksgiving” has been featured in textbooks, news shows, and history books. Ms. Rinaldo work has been documented from the early 70's. Karen is co-owner of The Gallery on Main in historic downtown, Falmouth, Ma. Kevin M. Doyle is a retired military combat veteran, as well as a writer and lecturer on historic places and events. His curiosity has inspired him to look for events that may be fading from public memory but deserve to be revived and celebrated by locals and visitors alike.
Second Seven Settlers of Nauset 1646-1651- Part 3: “The Next Five and Their Remarkable Lives"
Presented by Patty Donohoe on July 15, 2021 In this concluding film in a series of three, Patty Donohoe, Cape Cod resident, and EHS archivist, will give a brief overview of the remaining five men (Freeman, Jenkins, Hicks, Rogers & Wixam,) their histories and contributions to the settlement of Nauset/ Eastham, Massachusetts. The series includes: 1st - An interview with Cape Cod archaeologist Dan Zoto who set the stage for the series by describing the land the English settlers were coming to. Interview available below. 2nd - An interview with William Cole, genealogist and direct descendant of Daniel Cole who took an in-depth look at the history and lives of two of the settlers, Job & Daniel Cole. Interview available below. Bio: Patty Donohoe is an officer of the Eastham Historical Society. She particularly enjoys helping patrons trace their Eastham ancestry. Growing up in Tennessee, she had no idea of her own connection to the Cape until moving here. “I’m a strong believer in ‘genealogical consciousness’; that is the act of being aware of one’s personal history and the stories of those who came before us.” She is the mother of three sons and the grandmother of seven budding genealogists.
The Second Seven, Early Settlers of Eastham - Part 2: Job & Daniel Cole
Presented By: Bill Cole and Patty Donohoe Summary: Bill Cole, Daniel Cole’s eighth great-grandson, will share via Zoom his research findings about the fascinating lives of two Cole brothers, Job and Daniel, who married two sisters, Rebecca, and Ruth Collier, daughters of William and Jane Clarke Collier. The story of these early Eastham settlers mirrors how ordinary people just like us led extraordinary lives shaped by their environment and historical events. William E. “Bill” Cole, M.A. is a passionate genealogist. A Mayflower descendent, author, family historian, presenter, and researcher, Bill Cole’s exploits include documenting previously unknown English ancestors of emigrates to America during the Great Migration. Bill recently co-chaired two international family history conferences and served six years as vice president of a large USA-based society with international members. He is the author of three books: The ABC Formula; Bullion Bend; and Puritans, Plagues, and Promises with publication planned for 2022. Patty Donohoe Bio: Patty is an officer of the Eastham Historical Society. She particularly enjoys helping patrons trace their Eastham ancestry. Growing up in Tennessee, she had no idea of her own connection to the Cape until moving here. “I’m a strong believer in ‘genealogical consciousness’; that is the act of being aware of one’s personal history and the stories of those who came before us.” She is the mother of three sons and the grandmother of seven budding genealogists.
Second Seven Settlers of Nauset 1645-1651, Part 1: “Setting the Stage"
Presented by Dan Zoto and Patty Donohoe on June 24, 2021 Summary: The first part of the film will be a Question-and-Answer section between Dan Zoto, local archaeologist, and Patty Donohoe of the Eastham Historical Society; it will set the stage and provide context for the arrival of the Second Seven. Questions will focus on the Nauset tribe and what the lower Cape was like when the English settlers came to live among them. The discussion will also include Native American land management practices and their influence on the choices of location for the earliest English settlements on Cape Cod, including Eastham. Dan Zoto Bio: Dan is an archaeologist living on Cape Cod. He works as a Principal Investigator-Archaeology at Gray & Pape, Inc. in Providence and has done extensive public outreach work with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Patty Donohoe Bio: Patty is an officer of the Eastham Historical Society. She particularly enjoys helping patrons trace their Eastham ancestry. Growing up in Tennessee, she had no idea of her own connection to the Cape until moving here. “I’m a strong believer in ‘genealogical consciousness’; that is the act of being aware of one’s personal history and the stories of those who came before us.” She is the mother of three sons and the grandmother of seven budding genealogists.
Stephen Hopkins is My Name
Written by Pam Eaton; Presented by Toby Wilson on November 5, 2020 Stephen Hopkins is My Name, is a poem telling the story of the life of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins. It starts with Hopkins’ birth and early life, his marriage and the births of his children. It continues with his decision to join the Jamestown Colony in Virginia in 1609, the hurricane which caused his ship, the Sea Venture, to wreck in Bermuda (with all cast and crew surviving) and the eventual building of two small ships to escape Bermuda and sail on to Jamestown ten months later. Stephen Hopkins returned to England in 1616, learning his wife had died. He married Elizabeth Fisher a few years later and arranged to sail on the Mayflower with his whole family in 1620. The poem continues with the story of the Mayflower voyage, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the exploration of Cape Cod and ends in Plymouth after the first winter. Although Stephen Hopkins never settled in Eastham, two of his children did, Constance and Giles. Toby is an actor, director, producer and a member of the Performing Company of Eventide Theatre in Dennis.
The Ranlett Tool Museum
Narrated by Mark Herman; Photography & Videos by Sylvia Sullivan & Marca Daley; Videographer - Marca Daley Presented on October 29, 2020 Located at the Swift-Daley Complex, right next to the Eastham Post Office, the Ranlett Tool Museum invites visitors, young and old, to try their hand at not only identifying old tools but using them, too. In this short film, Curator Mark Herman takes you on a tour of the museum, explaining how it got its start; describing just some of the many old tools in our collection; and showing highlights of our year, with the 4th grade visit, Tool Discovery Day, and the creativity of our blacksmiths at the working forge.
1869 Schoolhouse Museum Tour
Presented by Patty Donohoe and Marca Daley on September 24, 2020 Located on Nauset Road across from the Cape Cod National Seashore’s Visitors Center, in Eastham, MA, the old School House invites visitors, young and old, to explore the one-room schoolhouse that served Eastham’s young people from 1869 to 1936. This ‘virtual tour’ is for children (and those young at heart); and two little visitors, Nate & Eva, offer refreshing insights on what they think of life in the schoolroom. In another wing of the building, the main museum room, the ‘tour’ focuses on seven other exhibits that explore Eastham’s relationship to past peoples, as well as its surroundings. These exhibits range from one on the First Peoples who inhabited this land for thousands of years, to those who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620, to those who first settled in Eastham in 1644. Exhibits on two well-known Eastham personages are also explained: one dedicated to Captain Edward Penniman, and one to Henry Beston, author of The Outermost House. Other exhibits on the tour feature shipwrecks and whales in the “Ship’s Corner”; “Breeches Buoy” rescues by The Nauset Life-Saving Service, and Eastham’s older means of transportation “by land and air, as well as by sea.”
Dill Beach Camp
Presented by Mo Andujar and Marca Daley on September 17, 2020 Located at the Swift-Daley Complex in Eastham, MA, Cape Cod, the Dill Beach Camp tells a compelling story of Eastham's relationship with its neighbor to the east: the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1935 as a Duck-Hunting camp, the shack barely survived the hurricane-blizzard of 1978, but found a new home with the Eastham Historical Society and is a favorite stop with summer visitors. This presentation introduces you to the era of the Outermost House, when beach shacks frequented by hardy, independent, resourceful types like Henry Beston still dotted the sand spit south of Coast Guard Beach. Summer life was simple, and the sea was omnipresent. We invite you to return to that era for a glimpse into life on the beach. Mo Andujar is First Vice President of the EHS and Curator of the Swift Daley House & Dill Beach Camp. Marca Daley volunteers in the Archives, and as a docent at the Swift Daley and School House museums.
Virtual Eastham Walking Tour
Presented by Jully Burau-Seybert on August 27, 2020 Join Eastham-local Jully Burau-Seybert on a virtual historic walking tour of Eastham! Jully starts with the arrival of the Pilgrims and their First Encounter with the Nauset Indians. She includes stories of Sea Captains and tales of the environment. She also includes stories of historic homes and buildings, as she walks through Eastham's Historic District.
Preventing Wildlife Casualties Caused by Rodenticides, Lead, & Fishing Debris
Presented by Stephanie Ellis on August 20, 2020 Wild Care, Inc. is a nonprofit wildlife hospital located in Eastham that is dedicated to the rescue and release of injured and orphaned wildlife on Cape Cod. Wild Care operates a Wildlife Helpline and rehabilitates over 1,800 animals per year; everything from Bald Eagles to White-footed Mice. For the past several years, Wild Care has seen an increase in the number of wildlife that have been negatively impacted by the use of rodenticides (rat and mouse poison), lead poisoning, and derelict fishing debris. Join Stephanie Ellis, Wild Care's Executive Director while she discusses how we can reduce these impacts, humane alternatives to rodent control, and also tips for co-existing with our wild neighbors.
A History of Captain Penniman: Whaling Captain, Gentleman Farmer, and Eastham Citizen
Presented by Susan Abott on August 13, 2020 Captain Edward Penniman was one of the most successful whaling captains of the 19th century. He was born in Eastham and lived his whole life here, except for the 22 years that he was at sea hunting whales. We’ll talk about Captain Penniman’s extraordinary whaling career, his home on Fort Hill and his life in Eastham after he retired from whaling. Bio: Susan Abbott is a volunteer at the Cape Cod National Seashore, where she has been giving tours of the Captain Penniman House and the Three Sisters Lighthouses for five years. She lives in Eastham, right around the corner from the Penniman house, and is always eager to learn more about her famous and fascinating neighbors, the Pennimans.
The Remarkable Constance Snow
Performed by Patty and Myleigh Donohoe on July 30, 2020 Constance Hopkins Snow was a remarkable and important person in Eastham’s history. Nearly orphaned as a child, crossing the Atlantic on the ship,“Mayflower,” surviving the first winter in Plymouth, meeting and marrying Nicholas Snow, birthing twelve children in the New World, and being among the first 49 English settlers of Nauset (later Eastham,) were just some of her 71 years of life experiences. Patty Donohoe and her granddaughter, Myleigh Donohoe, will portray Constance, first as a young woman of Plymouth in 1624 and later near the end of her life in Eastham in the fall of 1677. Constance Hopkins Snow is Patty's 10th great grandmother and Myleigh's 12th great grandmother.
Tale of Two Worlds: European Collision into the Nature of Cape Cod
Presented by Todd Morgan Kelley & Marcus Hendricks on July 23, 2020 Join storytellers Todd Morgan Kelley and Wampanoag and Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks for their Tale of Two Worlds presentation. Sixteenth century European exploration competed for the new frontier of the North American eastern seaboard for future trade, influence, settlement and power of state. By the seventeenth century those agendas had advanced. The 1606 French exploration of coastal New France (New England) followed by the 1620 Mayflower fourteen years later both nearly foundered off Chatham. The intention of these two voyages were fundamentally different yet profoundly intertwined. Prior to the Mayflower, Indigenous culture in the northeast was at its height. By the time of the Mayflower’s arrival great populations of Indigenous People were decimated by “Indian Fever.” Join us for this timely presentation about The Tale of Two Worlds: European Collision into the Nature of Cape Cod!
The Archaeology of Cape Cod: 13,000 Years of Native History
Presented by archaeologist, Dan Zoto on July 26, 2020 Join Dan Zoto for a virtual presentation through time as he explores the rich Native American history of Cape Cod. Dan will use the results of his recent analysis of the Eastham Historical Society's artifact collections to highlight technological and cultural changes over thousands of years of Native life on Cape Cod. Learn how people adapted to the Cape's dynamic environment as it changed from a small rise on a vast coastal plain to the narrow peninsula ringed with bays, estuaries, and salt marshes that it is today. Bio: Dan Zoto is an archaeologist living on Cape Cod. He holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a master's in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Dan works as a Principal Investigator-Archaeology at Gray & Pape, Inc. in Providence. He has worked on over 100 archaeological projects throughout the northeast, including numerous surveys and excavations on Cape Cod. He has also done extensive public outreach work with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. His research interests include New England's Native American history, stone tools, lithic sourcing, and coastal archaeology.