Upcoming Programs

 

 

Saturday, May 2 @ 2:00 pm - The History of Fort Warren during the American Civil Warfort warren

Fort Warren is a historic fort on the 28-acre Georges Island to the entrance to Boston Harbor. The fort was constructed from 1833-1861, completed shortly after the beginning of the American Civil War. Kevin Rogers, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands will be here to give a virtual tour of the fort with information about its construction. The talk will focus on the Fort during the Civil War when it served as a fort for Union soldiers and a prison for Confederate officers and government officials. Kevin will give a brief discussion on how some of the other Islands were used in the war effort and the unusual connection and involvement of Boston residents with Fort Warren. Mr. Rogers has volunteered with the FBHI for almost 8 years and has been an interpreter on George's Island as well as Boston Light.

*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Saturday, May 16 @ 2:00 pm - Sheryl Faye brings Clara Barton to life!

Sheryl Faye is a historical performer who will be here to portray Clara Barton. Clara Barton played an very important and unforgettable role during the American Civil War as a Nurse and went on to become the founder of the American Red Cross. This program will explore the life of Clara Barton, both her childhood and her adult life, including the role she played during the Civil War and will instill in audience members the value of helping others. This performance is appropriate for school age children and adults.

*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7:00 pm - Author Ric Wasleycandleinthewindbn

Author Ric Wasley will be here to talk about his book Candle in the Wind. The year is 1863 and the American Civil War is raging with a fury unimagined just two short years ago. President Lincoln has just announced the first draft in the history of the American Republic. It is against this background that two families come to realize just what the war means to them, their lives and their countries. The story opens with a young wife and her daughter who leave their Cape Cod farm in search of her husband who was listed as missing and presumed dead since the three day battle at Gettysburg. She does not believe it and so begins her perilous journey that will uncover truths and reunite her family.

*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 pm - Historic Chatham's Volunteer Recruitment NightHistoric Chatham logo

If you want to volunteer or have been thinking of volunteering at one of Chatham's historical institutions, then this is the event you don't want to miss! Representatives from the Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, Chatham Railroad Museum, Chatham Windmill, Mayo House (Chatham Conservation Foundation) and the Caleb Nickerson House will each give a 10 minute presentation about their organization and their current volunteer opportunities. Following the presentations you will be able to speak with each representative to learn more information and to sign up to be a volunteer, docent or member.

 

Thursday, May 28 @ 7:00 pm - Two Monomoy Teachers Share their "Hawaiian Volcano Field Experience" Trip

Teachers Barbara Gula and Nancy Gifford will be here to share their Hawaiian Volcano Field Experience trip, which was funded in part by the Westgate Foundation. These two Monomoy Regional School Teachers will talk about their exciting, and unexpected, experiences during their trip to Hawaii. They will also share with us how they brought their new lesson plans into the classroom.

 

Tuesday, June 2 @ 7:00 pm - Author Greg O'BrienOn Pluto cover

What's is like to lose your mind, to see slices of your very identity slipping away piece by piece? Veteran journalist Greg O'Brien likens it to a trip out to Pluto "where no one can see you or hear what is said." Diagnosed at 59 with early-onset Alzheimer's, O'Brien has written an illuminating, naked and honest account of living with Alzheimer's, not dying with it. Drawing on cognitive reserve, he is reporting back to Earth his experiences as he joourneys further into inner space in his memoir, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's. Written with faith and humor, the book provides Baby Boomers a window into a possible future. Greg O'Brien has more than 35 years of newspaper and magazine experiences as a writer, editor, investigative reporter and publisher. Over the years, he has contributed to, amond other publications, the Associated Press, USA Today, Boston Herald, Boston Metro, New York Metro, Providence Journal, Cape Cod Times and Boston Magazine, where he was senior writer.

 

Saturday, June 6 @ 2:00 pm - Author Patry Francisorphans

Cape Cod author Patry Francis will be here to talk about her latest and very popular book, The Orphans of Race Point. The story is a passionate and page-turning saga with an unsolved murder that consumes three lives over several decades in Provincetown, MA. Told through these three voices, The Orphans of Race Point is a novel of suspense, betrayal and the different ways we find transcendence and meaning in our lives. But most of all, it is a gorgeous and unforgettable love story. Patry is a threetime nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and has twice been the recipient of a fellowship from Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her first novel, The Liar's Diary, has been translated into seven languages and was recently optioned for a film. A mother of four, she lives with her family on Cape Cod.

 

Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:00 pm - Author Carrie Russelldrowning cactus

Carrie Russell, author of the novel Drowning Cactus, will be here to speak about environmentalism and fiction. Drowning Cactus is literary fiction that explores the tranformative power of wilderness, following a cactus thief and an urban gardening instructor lost in the Sonora Desert. Russell, who studied writing at Columbia and Oxford, worked as an environmental advocate before she became a novelist. The novel is inspired by her experiences in some of America's most remote and most threatened wilderness areas.

 

Thursday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm - "A Long Line of Dedicated Women"womens club talk

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Club of Chatham. It is the oldest continually active club on Cape Cod whose purpose is connecting women for friendship, education and civic betterment. A look at the Club’s history will reveal much about Chatham in the years prior to WWI from the unique perspective of the women in the community. The Club’s collective voice expressed the concerns of women everywhere and its activities chronicled a willingness to nurture children, remember the veterans, support community activity and scholarship, and celebrate important milestones and holidays with the larger community. This program will use pictures and commentary to share the Club’s story. This program will be presented by Joanna Schurmann, Regina McDowell and Sharon Oudemool.

** This program is part of Chatham History Weekend which is sponsored by Historic Chatham. The purpose of this special weekend is to raise awareness among Chatham residents, merchants and hospitality venues of Chatham's historic sites, its history organizations and their 2015 programmatic offerings and demonstrate Historic Chatham's value as a source of reliable, quality information about the history of Chatham and organizations in town committed to celebrating it and history in general.

 

Friday, June 19 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Chatham's Historic House Signs with Don Edgehistoric house sign

Chatham's Historic House Signs for buildings 100 years and older. Don Edge will be at lower level of the Library to help you research your historic home and fill out a Historic House Sign form - if your home is 100 years or older.

Historic Chatham is aptly named, not only for Treasures in our Midst, the seven cooperating museums and historical organizations that are the focus of History Weekend, bu also for the Town that is itself a museum - at the close of 2014, Chatham counted throughout the the town 629 taxable properties 100 years or older. Each of these buildings is eligible for an inexpensive unique sign of three lines that summarize the buildin's history. It includes the first owner, the purpose and the date.

Historic signs contribute to residents and neighborhoods, reminding them of their place in history, connecting them to their predecessors, and strengthening the sense of community that makes Chatham such as very special place. For proof of building dates and a sign application form, please visit the Reference Desk at the Eldredge Public Library or download the form from the Chatham Historical Commission. For the earliest owner and the building's history, you can start with The Town of Chatham's Historic Properties Surveys, available at the Eldredge Public Library. These signs are approved by the Historical Commission and a permit is not required. ** This program is part of Chatham History Weekend which is sponsored by Historic Chatham. A weekend long celebration of Chatham's history to raise awareness among Chatham residents, merchants and hospitality venues of Chatham's historic riches, its history organizations and their 2015 programmatic offerings.

 

Ebook Classes

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Friday, May 15 @ 1:00 pm, Wednesday, June 10 @ 1:00 pm

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your Kindle and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.

Kindle Fire Ebook Demo

Friday, May 15 @ 11:30 am, Wednesday, June 10 @ 11: 30 am

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your Kindle Fire and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle Fire, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.

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Friday, May 15 @ 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 10 @ 10:30 am

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your iPad and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your iPad, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.