Upcoming Events at Eastham Schoolhouse Museum

A little something for everyone



June 28:               (Wednesday)    Don Wilding speaks on “The Portland Gale”.  This fierce storm struck the coast of New England on Nov 26 & 27, 1898.  Over 400 people died and over 150 ships sank as a result of the storm.  On Nov. 26, the steamship SS Portland departed India Wharf in Boston bound for Portland, ME.  The ship sank killing all 192 passengers and crew on board.


June 29: (Thursday)        Keith Sisterson speaks on Nauset Light.  Keith will recount the history of this wonderful lighthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The lighthouse was built in 1877 and moved from Chatham to Eastham in 1923.  The lighthouse was only 35 feet from the edge of the cliff when it was moved in one piece over 300 feet to a new site across the road. 


July 5:    (Wednesday)    Don Wilding speaks about “Great Beach, Great War:  The Saga of Eastham’s Bernie Collins”.  This wonderful talk recounts the WWI experiences of Eastham resident Bernie Collins.


July 6:    (Thursday)          Don Wilding, President of the Henry Beston Society, speaks about the Henry’s life and specifically his time at the “Outermost House” on the dunes in Eastham.


July 11: (Tuesday)            Bill Burke, Historian at Cape Cod National Seashore, speaks on “The Disappearing Shoreline”.  The ocean shoreline erodes an average of 3 feet per year on the ocean beaches from Eastham to Truro.  Nor-easter’s cause the greatest threat to coastal erosion; for example the breach in North Beach, Chatham in 1987 and break at Ballston Beach in Truro in 1991 temporarily causing part of Truro and Provincetown to become an island.


July 12: (Wednesday)    The Coast Guard in Eastham.  Don Wilding’s talk will recount famous rescues throughout history and the brave Coastguardsmen who “had to go out, but not guaranteed of coming back”


July 13: (Thursday)          The Blizzard of ’78.  Don Wilding speaks about the fascinating unfolding storm on the Cape, the eerie “calm before the storm” and its impact on the Cape shoreline and loss of the Outermost House.


July 19: (Wednesday)    Book Signing Event: Gioa Dimock speaks on her book “Whaling in Massachusetts”.  She will recount the impact of whaling on the economy and life on Cape Cod.


July 20: (Thursday)          Book Signing Event: Don Wilding presents his new book “A Brief History of Eastham”.  Don will highlight some of the rich history of the town incorporated n 1651.


July 25: (Tuesday)            Encore presentation of Nauset Light by Keith Sisterson (see June 29 for details)


July 27: (Thursday)          Encore presentation of Great Beach, Great War: The Saga of Eastham’s Bernie Collins (see July 5 for details)

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