Cape Cod Museum of Natural History to host four lectures on the natural and cultural evolution of Cape Cod

Four lectures by prominent Cape Codders begin April 27

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History presents "The Natural and Cultural Evolution of Cape Cod" - Four Lectures by Prominent Cape Codders on Wednesdays, April 27-May 18 at 3:30 pm.

The cost to attend the lecture series is $40 for members,  $50 for non-member.  The cost to attend single sessions is $12 for members and $14 for non-members.  

The weekly lectures are:

April 27:  Earl Mills, Wampanoag Chief
"A Native American’s Cape Cod"

Wampanoag Chief Earl Mills will recall growing up in a very different Cape Cod. Earl will relate stories of the early peoples, their cultural heritage, their relationship with the “new Americans,” their livelihoods and their continuing struggle for recognition as their cultural heritage becomes tenuous. Earl is a captivating storyteller.

May 4:  Nancy Church, Master Naturalist
"The Succession of Flora and Fauna on Cape Cod"
  
Master Naturalist Nancy Church will present a PowerPoint lecture dealing with the progression of early plants and animals through deforestation, emigration of animals due to loss of habitat, changes in the habits of migratory animals and the present state of and risks to our natural environment.

The former Education Director of CCMNH, Nancy is a Naturalist-Educator of the Waquoit Bay Sanctuary and one of the most talented ecologists on the Cape.
 
May 11: David Augustinho, Executive Director, Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board
"The History of the Growth of Population on Cape Cod from Colonial Times to the Present"
  
The demography of Cape Cod is not only the story of the growth of population and the overbuilding of homes. There were times of decline and turmoil, employment issues and cultural conflict.

David Augustinho will explore the history of population dynamics past, present and future. Do you know the age distribution of our population or the number of Cape families under the poverty line?  What you learn may surprise you.

May 18 : Wendy Northcross, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
"The History of the Industries of Cape Cod"
  
The progression of the livelihoods of Cape Codders from farming, fishing, salt works and cranberry farms to industries such as boat building, glassworks, housing construction, recreation, hospitality and, of course, tourism is the story of workers, opportunity, wealth and economic conditions through time.

Wendy Northcross will talk about the historical perspective and the present state of the economy.

Enrollment is limited.  Call the museum at 508-896-3867 to register.

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is at 869 Route 6A in Brewster.


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