The Nobscusset Indian Room at the Dennis Maritime Museum in the West Dennis Graded School House will be dedicated Saturday, July 7, from 1-4pm.
Museum-goers will have the chance to learn more about the indigenous people who first lived in the mid-Cape starting as early as 9000 years ago and who later helped the first English settlers in what is now Dennis to survive the often unforgiving conditions in the mid-17th century. Curated by local historian Phyllis Horton, a 12th generation Cape Codder, the Nobscusset Indian Room exhibit tells the story of these Native Americans through artifacts like arrowheads, pottery shards, and animal bones, as well as research that includes a roster of Nobscussets who fought as soldiers alongside English colonists in the early 1700s and documents that include an early Indian deed for lands conveyed in West Brewster.
The Nobscusset Indian Room exhibit runs concurrently with Hoisting The Sails, which celebrates the rich history of world-renowned Dennis seacaptains and the ships they commanded all over the globe. The maritime exhibit also highlights the eight spectacular clipper ships built at the Shiverick shipyard at Sesuit Harbor in the 1850s.
Admission to the museum, as always, is free, with donations gratefully accepted. After the dedication July 7, the Dennis Maritime Museum at West Dennis Graded School continues to be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm through September 21.