Category Archives: Historical

Autumn in Olde Cotuit Harvestfest 2017

Autumn in Olde Cotuit will be held on Saturday September 23th 11am-3pm at Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit.

This popular family event features artisans demonstrating 19th century crafts including: quilting, rug hooking, open hearth cooking in the Homestead, knot tying, Nantucket basket weaving, and more. Demonstrations by Wampanoag native people on open air cooking and jewelry making are also be featured on the grounds of the Dottridge Homestead, as well as the opportunity to see the oldest fire engine on Cape Cod.

Burgers and brats are served up on the grill as well as seasonal brews from Cape Cod Beer. Delicious home made pies will be available for purchase by the slice.


Come join us for the wonderful step back into time!
Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit
1148 Main St, Cotuit, Massachusetts 02635

Chatham History Weekend 2017

Chatham History weekend will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Chatham History Weekend 2017

During History Weekend, most Historic Chatham museums and history centers will be open (at different times and days), with free admission.

Atwood House & Museum The Atwood House will be open with free admission and new exhibits from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Friday, June 16th, and Saturday, June 17. On Sunday, June 18th, at 2 PM, the At The Atwood Lecture Series will present “The Winged Cell Phone of Yesteryear”. Also on Sunday at 4PM, the Chatham Historical Society will hold a benefit “Voyage to the Colonies” Concert. See full details below.
Eldredge Public Library The Library will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday, June 16th and 17th. A special History Weekend program will be presented on Tuesday evening, June 13th at 7 pm. See full details below.
Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum The museum of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center will be open with free admission and new exhibits from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, on Friday, June 16th, and Saturday, June 17, and from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, June 18th. This season’s new special exhibit for 2017, “Breaking Barriers: The Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII”, and updated exhibits will be on display across both buildings and the outdoor Antenna Field Trail. See full details below.
Caleb Nickerson Homestead The Caleb Nickerson Homestead will be open on Saturday, June 17th from 10 AM to 4 PM, with an archaeological dig and talk, plus tours and demonstrations. See details below.
Godfrey Windmill The Godfrey Windmill will be open for History Weekend on Saturday, June 17th from 11 AM to 3 PM, with hourly programs. Weather permitting, the sails will be up and the mill will be grinding corn. See details below.
Chatham Lighthouse The Chatham Lighthouse will be open for tours on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, from 1:00 – 3:30 PM on both days, as part of Chatham History Weekend. It will also be open for tours in June as part of its regular Wednesday afternoon schedule, on June 7th and June 21st, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Chatham Railroad Museum The Railroad Museum will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday, June 16th and 17th.
Mayo House The Mayo House will be not be open this year on History Weekend due to ongoing restoration and repair work.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, and Sunday, June 17th and 18th. A special Monomoy Point Lighthouse Tour will be conducted on Sunday from 9AM to 1 PM. See details below.
Chatham Walks There will be a special free “Walking Tour” on Saturday, June 17th, at 3 PM, starting at the Chatham Community Center. See details below.
Historic House Signs Learn how to research the history of your home, and be eligible to display an Historic House Sign. See details below.

Chatham History Weekend 2016

Chatham History weekend will be held  Friday, June 17, 2016 to Sunday, June 19, 2016   Weekend-logo1

Historic Chatham will again sponsor “Chatham History Weekend”. All Historic Chatham member organizations will be open at least one day that weekend – many venues will be open at no charge.

There will be a special educational event at the Godfrey Windmill with the Chatham Boy Scout Troop on Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18. Weather permitting the Mill will be grinding corn,

The Oral Lineage of Old Chatham
Eldredge Public Library History Weekend Program
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 PM

Join native son Todd Kelley for a discussion sharing the substance of Chatham’s oral tradition. Learn about the lifesaving stations, lightships, lighthouses and more importantly the surfmen who personified an unparalleled conviction to community beyond self. They were the predecessors that set the benchmark for the heralded Pendleton rescue. Intertwined in this story will be a visual tour around town to witness the Chatham of old in comparison to modern day.
Atwood House Museum – History Weekend
Friday, June 17, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 19, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Atwood House Museum will be open with free admission on Friday and Saturday, with tours and Spotlight talks. On Sunday, June 19th at 2:00 PM, the At The Atwood Lecture Series will present “Attack on Orleans”.

Spotlight talks are informal talks (about 15 minutes plus Q&A) about a featured item or topic in the museum.
Friday, June 17 Spotlight Talks:
11:30 am – Life in a North Beach Camp, Don St. Pierre
2:00 pm – Women at Sea, Barbara Semple

Saturday, June 18 Spotlight Talks:
11:30 am – Viewing Our Nautical Charts Online, Bill Horrocks
2:00 pm – The Real Alice Stallknecht, Lisa Edge
Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum
– History Weekend
Friday, June 17, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, June 18, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Museum opens its regular Summer season on History Weekend. In celebration of Chatham History Weekend, admission to the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum is free throughout the 3-day weekend.

New and refreshed exhibits will be on display in the Operations Building’s Wireless History Gallery, the Education Center’s Wireless of Today/Tomorrow Gallery, and the outdoor Antenna Field Trail.

Caleb Nickerson House – History Weekend
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 AM to 4 PM

Chatham History Weekend Open House. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., artisans from the Caleb Nickerson House Forgotten Arts Programs will be on hand to demonstrate Colonial crafts and to answer questions about clothing, kitchen life, gardening and early woodworking and home building. Tour this classic Cape to see life in the early 19th century.

This is also Family Genealogy Day, a time to explore your Nickerson roots in our genealogy center. Come and delve into your family genealogy and enjoy the atmosphere of our living history campus.
Chatham Walks Special Free Walk
Saturday, June 18, 3:00 PM starting at the Chatham Community Center

Take a walk through
historic downtown Chatham!

Learn about the history, architecture and people of our beautiful Cape Cod village in a fun, informative 90-minute walk through the town’s scenic business district, the heart of Chatham.

“Chatham Walks” is a Guided Tour service in Chatham, new last year. They will lead a special free walk on Saturday of History Weekend, at 3:00 PM, leaving from the Chatham Community Center. (Note time change: was originally 10:00 AM). Look for the guide with the red sneakers.

Read more on the Chatham Walks Website and Facebook pages.

Chatham Book Signing, with Alan Pollock
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Alan Pollock will be on hand to sign his new book, Chatham, which uses stunning images to illustrate the changing times of Chatham. In the last half century, most of the change that has come to Chatham has been subtle. Historic houses gave way to hotels when Chatham became an attractive vacation destination for motorists, and then the hotels became homes again as summer visitors sought to have a place of their own for retirement.

This book captures a time of transformation when Chatham stopped being a small summer resort town, and became a high-priced destination for retirees. Using images captured by people who live in Chatham and who love the town, this book tells that story. Many of these photos have never been published before. The book also includes many photos from the archives of The Cape Cod Chronicle, which just marked its 50th anniversary.
Discover the History of Your Chatham Property, and order an Historic House Sign
Friday, June 17th, 11 AM – 1 PM at the Eldredge Public Library (lower level)
Don Edge will be available to assist people who are interested in learning the history of their Chatham home or commercial building built at least 100 years ago.

Complete descriptions of each building and its history are available in the Library for most early structures. These structures are also eligible for an inexpensive Historic House Sign, as described on the Historic Chatham property Owners page. Order forms will be available and assistance will be offered for the wording of your sign.

Day 351 Barnstable Antiques Show 2014

The  39th Barnstable Antiques Show will be held on   Friday, August 15 from 10am to 5pm and Saturday, August 16 from 10am to 4pm.   Sturgis Library is sponsoring the 39th Barnstable Antiques Show. Exhibitors from six states will be displaying and selling a wide variety of quality antiques including 18th & 19th century furniture, Americana, antique china and glass, Oriental porcelains, Staffordshire, antique and estate jewelry, silver, paintings and prints, books, primitives and folk art, antique linens, oriental rugs and more.

Admission is $6.00  good for both days. Children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult.


Refreshments will be available.


$6, children under 16 free with adult


:Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School, 2463 Main Street, West Barnstable, MA

Day 344 Cape Cod Canal Centennial 2014

The Cape Cod Canal is getting ready for a big celebration. In 2014, the canal that is an important part of life in Cape Cod will be celebrating its 100th anniversary of service with food, festival and plenty of family fun.

Here is the schedule of events


Tours of the T S Kennedy – July 25, 27 & 29, 2014
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
Tours July 25: 10am-5pm, July 26-27: 9am-5pm, July 29: 9am-5pm
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ship Tours At the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Tour, US Coast Guard’s Eagle sailing ship – July 25-27, 2014
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532. Tours 9am-5pm
Old fashioned sailing cutter that will be available for tours at Mass Maritime
Tour the Charles W Morgan – Arrival July 25th – Tours on July 26-27, 9am-5pm
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Suggested Donation $5.00
The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and
launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat.
Visitors invited to board the 1841 whaleship and interact with crew
Canal Music Fest, Sponsored by the Bourne Historic Society for Preservation – July 26, 12pm-5pm
22 Sandwich Rd Bourne, MA 02532
Featuring Folk and Popular music from the last 100 years – “Rum Soaked Crooks”, “Swamp Yankees”, “3
Cats & a Dog”, “The Familiars” and “Tom’s Quartet”.
website: bournepreservation.or

Parade of Lights – July 26, 2014 Starting at 9pm
Cape Cod Canal Starts at Mass Maritime Academy goes the full length of the canal. Turns at the Sandwich end and
comes back through to M


Official 100th Anniversary Commemoration – July 29, 2014 1pm 
Buzzards Bay Park, Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Tribute to men and women who helped to construct the canal and bridges. Featuring honored speakers, The Canal Festival Youth Orchestra and special guest
former contestant of American Idol Siobhan Magnus

“Canaliversary” – July 29, 2014, starts at 4pm
Buzzards Bay Park, Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Entertainment all day until the fireworks, spectacular bands,games, engineering activities, antique cars and more.
Centennial Fireworks Display – Over the railroad bridge, Bourne
Sponsored by David Mugar and B4 Productions  July 29, At dark approximately 9pm
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
A huge and spectacular display of fireworks will be set off of barges in Buzzards Bay.
They will be able to be seen for miles around Bourne, Wareham and the Onset Bay area
of the canal. Also A special pyrotechnic display never done before
off of the historic railroad bridge on the ca

Day 335 Wareham Summer of Celebration 2014

In 2014, the town of Wareham, MA celebrates the 200th anniversary of its historic role in the War of 1812, and the 275th anniversary of its incorporation as a town.

The town was officially incorporated on July 10th in 1739 by legislative act and included South Wareham, Wareham Center, the Narrows and a portion of Rochester which is now West Wareham.  On August 6th of that year, the first Wareham town meeting was called.

Wareham and Onset Village now serve as a tourist destination and a “summer home” to many people from across the country and around the globe.

The Summer of Celebration Committee invites you to join in the celebration of the 275th Anniversary of the Incorporation of our town.


H ere are some of the events that they will be holding.


Historical Displays

DATE: Tuesday-Thursday, July 8-10, 2014
TIME: Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM; Thursday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Wareham Town Hall Auditorium, 54 Marion Road, Wareham

You are never too young or too old to learn about the history of Wareham! The Wareham Summer of Celebration 2014 Committee has gathered some of the most interesting artifacts, costumes, period pieces to place on display.  Learn about our schools, famous residents, historic buildings and more with this visit to Wareham’s Town Hall that was built in 1939.

Flag-Raising Ceremony

DATE: July 10, 2014
TIME: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: Onset Bluffs, Onset

Start the day on the beautiful Onset Bluffs with a traditional flag raising by the Onset Fire Department. Also raise your voices with the Sing-A-Long Singers let by Tom and Sheila Monahan.

18th Century Church Service

DATE: July 10, 2014
TIME: 12:00 PM
LOCATION: First Congregational Church, Gibbs Avenue, Wareham

At noon, the church bells in Wareham will ring out, followed by an 18th Century Church Service led by Pastor Stan Duncan of the First Congregational Church.

Incorporation Re-Enactment

DATE: Thursday, July 10, 2014
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Town Hall, 54 Marion Road, Wareham

Hear Ye, Hear Ye. You are cordially invited to a reenactment of the delivery of the Papers of Incorporation to the Town Officials by a rider on his trusty horse. Two-hundred and seventy-five years ago, Wareham officially became a town, and the Incorporation Papers were delivered in just this way.  Hear the articles of Incorporation that made it official and learn a bit of local history. Guest speakers will speak from the steps of Town Hall. There will be a special USPS Cancellation Postmark commemorating the event as well a collectible cache envelopes at a nominal fee available. Period dress is encouraged.

Incorporation Celebration Festivities

DATE: Thursday, July 10, 2014
TIME: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: High School Athletic Field, Rt. 6 at Marion Road and Viking Drive, Wareham

Celebrate the Town’s Incorporation by heading over to the High School Athletic Field for entertainment, food and fun. Listen to Grace Morrison and R.S.O., Buddy and Friends featuring Daniel “Buddy” Monteiro, Aisling Peartree, the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus, and  G-20 Chorus. Dancers will also entertain including the Lukumi Afro-Cuban Dancers, Kaleidoscope Dance Group and Haley Irish Step Dancers. Balloons, face painting and birthday cake with ice cream will add to the celebration. Period Dress is encouraged.

Incorporation Celebration Parade

DATE: Saturday, July 12, 2014
TIME:  10:00 AM
LOCATION:  Main Street to Gibbs Avenue, to Marion Road, ending at Wareham Town Hall.

Everyone loves a parade! Line up along the parade route to enjoy Wareham’s largest parade ever. See the famed Clydesdale horses, military Marchers and antique cars.  Listen to the more than twenty bands including Fife and Drum, Bag Pipers, and Drum and Bugle Corps along with high school bands.  Watch the floats glide by when local organizations and businesses join the fun. Expect vendors along the parade route to help make the day an enjoyable one. Period Dress is encouraged.

Day 325 Bring Alive Sandwich History Days 2014

Bringing Alive Sandwich History will be held on  different days throughout the summer will celebrate different time periods in the history of Sandwich. The 1600’s, 1700’s , 1800’s and 1900’s will be explored via period food, music and transportation. There will be plays, reenactments, open houses, and dances.


Saturday June 21st 

Bringing Alive Sandwich History where the village is turned back in time to the 1700s. From 10 am-4 pm at Mill Creek Park (across from town Hall) the 1774 Yarmouth Minutemen set up camp portraying the Sandwich Militia unit demonstrating cooking, firing muskets and a small cannon and reenacting the Liberty Pole incident from 1774. 11 am-3 pm from around the Dan’l Webster/Main St. horse drawn wagon rides around the village. 2 pm Historical Geo-Cache hunt around the village, and much more.


Saturday July 19th 

Bringing Alive Sandwich History where the village is turned back in time to the 1800s. The Sandwich Guards of 1861 open Camp Chipman with Posting the Colors, 8 am Wing School (33 Water St.) Followed by a military drill, dress parade formation and the parade to Town Hall. 1:30 pm Drill & timed firing demonstration; 3:15 pm old time town ball game between Mudville Baseball Club & the Sandwich Guard, and much more.


Saturday August 23rd 

Bringing Alive Sandwich History where the village is turned back in time to the 1900s. 9:30-11 am scavenger hunt in the village with Kate Naples; 10:30-11:30 am Suffragettes around Mill Creek Park (across from Town Hall); 11 am-3 pm Cavalcade of Cars featuring autos from all of the 1900s decades w/ parade of cars beginning at the Wing School (33 Water St.); 1:30-3:30 Children’s songs & games front lawn of library (142 Main St.); 5-8 pm USO block Party (Jarves St.) and much more.





Day 322 War of 1812 Militia Encampment in Wareham MA

Enjoy a re-enactment of soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 in Wareham on Saturday June 14th and Sunday June 15th . There will be re-enactments, traditional music, food vendors and more! A great way to sharing history with your kids!

Redcoats & Residents — Militia Encampment

DATE: Saturday, June 14, 2014
TIME: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Wareham Historic District Area, Upper Main Street; Town Green; Tremont Nail Factory area

Join soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 for an exciting day of history fun! See how the early American and British Troops built their camps, cooked their food and prepared for battle. Participate in the Living History activities and watch the Period Crafters’ demonstrations. Wagon rides, military drills and a mock battle will take place. Traditional music from the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus, the Jolly Rogues and others will add to the festivities. Food vendors will be on hand to round out this perfect family day! Period Dress is encouraged. There will be a special USPS Cancellation Postmark commemorating the event as well as collectible cache envelopes at a nominal fee available at the Methodist Meeting House, Main Street.



DATE: Sunday, June 15, 2014
TIME: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Start the day with a period Church Service on the Town Green.  After the services, head down to Besse Park for the re-enactment of the Battle of 1812 when Wareham was attacked by the British warship, the HMS Nimrod.


War of 1812 Attack Re-Enactment

DATE: Sunday, June 15, 2014
TIME: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Besse Park, Lower Main Street

Two hundred years ago, Wareham was attacked by the British warship, the HMS Nimrod. Head down to Besse Park to watch Wareham’s brave Minutemen and Militia Companies take on the British forces in this historic re-enactment. Music will be provided by the Wareham Fife and Drum Corps, and food vendors will be on hand to make this a great family event.

Day 193 9th Biennial Woods Hole Model Boat Show 2013

The Woods Hole Historical Museum will host its ninth biennial Woods Hole Model Boat Show on Patriot’s Day weekend  Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. About 100 model builders from throughout New England will display their crafts at multiple locations throughout Woods Hole. Models range from a few inches to six feet and celebrate boats and ships of all types, designs and vintage.  

This year’s show includes a special exhibit of U.S. Coast Guard vessels. The show also features talks by expert modelers and scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Models and model kits will be available for sale.

Exhibitors and visitors enjoy many opportunities to exchange information and stories and to renew and make new friendships with builders. For a schedule of events or to register as an exhibitor or a visitor,

Here is the schedule of events


Appraisals by Andrew Jacobson, Marine Antiques of Ipswitch, MA

People coming to the Model Boat Show may bring items for an appraisal by Andrew Jacobson,maritime appraiser from north of Boston.This includes but is not limited to model boats, maps, artifacts, paintings, antiques, anything maritime. Price is only $5 per item. The appraiser will be in the MBL Club building. Tickets for the appraisal may be bought at the same time and place as admission tickets to the Show, available at the Community Hall and the Museum. People wishing for an appraisal should note that Mr. Jacobson will only be at the Show on Saturday. For more information about Mr. Jacobson, see his website Please don’t forget to register for your appraisal when picking up your tickets.

All day Saturday Only at the MBL Club Building


9:30 AM – R/C Racing Boats Under 40 inches.

Noon – Practice and mentoring of WH ladies fleet using chartered Soling One Meters.

1 PM – Racing of boats Over 40 inches.

PRESENTATIONS AT WOODS HOLE LIBRARY, LOWER LEVEL Noon – Antique Pond Model Restoration with Margaret-Ann Rice

Margaret-Ann Rice retired to the small village of South Dartmouth and became interested in the fine wooden sailboats in the harbor. Searching for small wooden boat models, she found and purchased sadly neglected small pond boat hulls, toys from another era. Over the last few years she has collected and restored nearly 100 small pond boats. She sells her restored boats on the internet through her website and she does custom restoration for family heirloom boats.

3 PM – Setting Models adrift in the Atlantic, tracking with GPS with Richard Baldwin

Dick will tell us the results of his program in which he builds models, in association with schools, most in Maine, and arranges to have them set adrift out in the Atlantic from ships, then tracks then with their GPS units. Several have made landfall in Europe.


10 AM – Ladies Regatta using chartered S1Ms.

11 AM – Match racing between Tod Johnstone’s new Trimaran and a Wheeler.

1 PM – Demo of Bill Huizing’s Puritan

And Fun Sailing of any and everything.

PRESENTATIONS AT WOODS HOLE LIBRARY, LOWER LEVEL 11 AM – Scratch Built R/C Chesapeake Skipjack with John Stoudt

John Y. Stoudt is a retired educator, serving in the classroom for twenty five years as an industrial arts teacher and thirteen as a school district administrator.

John is a member of the American Model Yachting Association, The US Vintage Model Yacht Group as well as a number of local clubs. He serves as the Commodore of the Chester Springs Model Yacht Club, a growing club in southeast Pennsylvania.

John has been into pond boats since the late 1990s sailing in numerous states along the east coast from Maryland to Maine winning events and placing in others. He restores antique pond boats and builds others as can be seen in the exhibit. He learned how to build and repair these boats by taking courses offered at WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. Courses taught by Alan Suydam and Thom McLaughlin on building vintage 36s, vintage Marbleheads, and Skipjacks; and courses on pond sailing and sail making.

He is an avid collector and builder of RC sail boats and now has a small business, The Little Boat Builder, building and repairing boats for others. He has completed commissions that are scratch built wooden and composite boats. John makes custom brass and aluminum fittings, assembles the radio board, and makes the sails for the boats he builds.

1 PM – The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, REMUS with Ben Allen, Senior Engineer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Modelers are always fascinated with projects and developments at WHOI with underwater vehicles that seem to have similarity to model boats. The REMUS has become one of WHOI’s most useful AUV’s, taking part in research missions across the world’s oceans.

Model Boat Exhibits at the following locations:

Woods Hole Historical Museum

Woods Hole Library

Woods Hole Community Hall

Old Fire Station

MBL Club

MBL Candle House

WHOI Smith Building



Admission good for both days:
$5/ages 6-16
Free for children under 6

Day 121 Chatham 300 Anniversary Founder’s Day weekend

Help Chatham celebrate its 300 anniversary byy going back to the past from Friday June 8th thru Monday June 11th. The weekend focuses on re-enacting events and daily life from the past, and each day will focus on a different century. Friday’s events will celebrate the 1700s (colonial times), Saturday’s the 1800s (focusing on the towns maritime and fishing heritage) Sunday’s the 1900s (tourism and the Jazz Age), and Monday’s the present 21st century. 

Friday, June 8 – A focus on 17th & 18th century in Chatham History

9:00 – 10:30AM: Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Tribal Chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will issue welcoming remarks at the dedication of the Wampanoag plaque. If last minute scheduling conflicts should occur for her, a Tribal Council member will be present in her stead. In addition, Woody Vanderhoop, lead singer of the Black Brook Singers will be performing.  Mass distribution of the Chatham Monomoyick Trail brochure will begin on this date and commemorative T-shirts with one of the longest shelf-lives of any collectible shirt will be available for purchase.

10:00 – 2:00 PM: Godfrey Windmill Open House, Tours of the restored Mill, Weather Permitting, the Mill will be operating and grinding corn into corn meal. Chase Park.

10:30 – 4:30 PM:  Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Interpretive Exhibit: History of the role of Monomoy in Life Saving Service Where: Eldredge Public Library (downstairs, Community Room)

10:30 – 12:30 PM: Caleb Nickerson House Open House – Demonstrations of life in 18th Century Chatham Where: Caleb Nickerson House, Chathamport

12:30PM – 2:30PM: Talk and walk by Todd Kelley – History of the Monomoyick Homeland. Where: Meet at the Caleb Nickerson House for the introduction talk about the Monomoyick Homeland and the settlement by William Nickerson then carpool to the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Area off Bay Road in East Harwich to finish the program with a walk along the wooded trail that overlooks Muddy Creek. Be prepared with good shoes for a 3/4 mile round trip walk through the woods. There are benches to sit on at the overlook where we will conclude the program.

6:00 PM: Founders Clambake – Chatham Bars Inn

Saturday, June 9 – A focus on 19th century in Chatham History

9:00 – 3:00 PM: Railroad Museum Open House Exhibits and interpretive presentations including: History of the Railroad & Telecommunications in Chatham, and a Vintage Car Show

10:30 – 4:30 PM: Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Interpretive exhibit: History of the Refuge: Geology and Natural History Where: Eldredge Public Library (downstairs, Community Room)

1:00 – 3:30 PM: U. S. Coast Guard Station Chatham Lighthouse Tours at the Station/Lighthouse

1:00 – 3:30 PM: Tours of 42′ Near Shore Lifeboats at The Chatham Town Docks (by the Fish Pier)

1:00 – 3:30 PM History of Lifesaving and equipment display/interpretations at the Chatham Community Center

1:00 – 4:00 PM:  Atwood House Museum – Open House – NEW: Summer of Centuries Exhibit Interpretive tours of all exhibits including Chatham to China – Celebrating Chatham’s in the Age of Sail

Sunday, June 10 – A focus on 20th century in Chatham history

10:00 – 4:00 PM: Atwood House Museum – Living History 20th Century: Rediscover the exceptional era of the Second World War as you witness powerful reenactments, costumed interpreters, authentic gear and artifacts

11:00 AM – 1:00 AM: Great Gatsby Day at the Chatham Bars Inn.  For a full list of activities see events listed below.

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, “Where the History and Science of Wireless Communications Come Alive”. New Titanic film and exhibit on the role of a Chatham Marconi operator played in the rescue of survivors. Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic sinking.

3:00PM & 5:00PM: Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers and the Chatham Music Club Concert conducted by Joe Marchio at the Methodist Church

7:00 – 11:00 PM:  Great Gatsby Ball – Celebrating the Roaring 1920′s at Chatham Bars Inn

Monday, June 11 – Founders Day Order of Events

9:00    Festivities commence – Town Crier sends message to the Town of Chatham

9:15    Towns people gather near Community Center for procession through main Street

9:30      Procession commences at the Community Center behind Colonial Fife and Drum Corp Band, Chatham Founding families and William Nickerson down main street.

10:00   Town’s people gather in Kate Gould Park.

10:00 – 12:00  – Founders Day Formal Program

Master of Ceremonies – Richard Sullivan

Singing of the National Anthem – Lisa Sullivan Jason

Short Testimonial Speeches

– Chair Chatham Board of Selectman Florence Seldin

– US Senator Kerry Representative Bill Keating

– State Representative Sarah Peake

– State Senator Dan Wolf

11:30   Keynote address by Nathaniel Philbrick

12:00   Ceremonies Close with remarks by William Nickerson and town photograph (in Beards)

12:10   Towns Church Bells ring for 3 minutes

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch for the Visiting Speakers at Chatham Bars Inn

1:30- 2:30PM:  USPS Release and press event of the Commemorative Chatham 300 Founders Day Letter head and stamp cancellation sponsored by the USPS

Where: Community Center

3:00 – 4:30 Time Capsule Event

Where: Chatham High School Gymnasium

– Master of Ceremonies – Jack Hynes

– Special Music by the Chatham Music Club – The 300th Voices conducted by Ruth McKendree Treen

– Award of the “Boston Post” Cane to Chatham’s oldest resident

– Opening of the 1962 – Time Capsule with Chatham High School Graduates of 1962.

– Preparing of the 2012 time capsule – Rick Smith with Current Chatham students

– Capsule escorted by Chatham Police to Town Hall for installation.

6:00 Cape Cod Baseball League Exhibition Game with Chatham Anglers vs U.S. Military All-Stars

Where:  Veterans Field,

Chatham Barbecue at the Red Nun to Follow.

AND… To close this wonderful weekend –  *****FIREWORKS AFTER DARK ***** !!!!!!