“Mid-century –The Outer Cape Comes of Age”

Highland House Museum - July 2nd through September 29th
The former North Truro air base (Courtesy photo)

Jim Summers, Director of the Highland House Museum, and a dedicated team of Truro Historical Society board members and volunteers have worked very hard since the close of a rousing 2017/50th Anniversary season to prepare for summer 2018. A beautifully restored, refurbished, and refreshed museum beckons visitors across a gorgeous expanse of the North Truro highlands. This nexus of history, art, and cultural heritage should not be considered just another stopover on the way to play golf or climb the lighthouse; it is its own prime, 17-room destination featuring, shipwreck treasures, Native American artifacts, a newly installed Edward Hopper exhibit, vintage Truro paintings, US Life-saving artifacts, JOBI pottery displays, Cape Cod Fishnet Industries apparel, and antique furniture, housewares, and toys.

          As the historically innovative “Living Legacies – 2018” exhibit completes its June run, a new venture, “Mid-Century – The Outer Cape Comes of Age” merits wide attention. This exhibit marks a vibrant era for Truro and the connected area. The Highland House Hotel, aka “The Queen of the Highlands” was a summer gathering place for tourists and local residents alike. According to the THS website, “By the 1950s, owners Hal and Estelle Conklin were bringing musical acts to perform at the hotel, and the “Groaning Table” dinners were legendary.  Joe Colliano and partner Bill Hastings were bartenders at the Highland House bar, performing four hands on the piano and organ and starting up their Jobi Pottery business near the Lighthouse.  The 50’s were also a time when Route 6 was expanded and the North Truro Air force Base housed 500 people, troops and their families.  And it was the time when John F. Kennedy signed documents forming the Cape Cod National Seashore, protecting thousands of acres of Cape Cod in perpetuity. Inside the Seashore, a unique group of modernist houses were built by some of the nation’s most innovative architects of the day.” The curators of this unusual interpretation of history deserve a great deal of credit for their creative, visionary installation that will run from July 2 through September 29. Don’t miss its opening reception on Friday July 13, from 4pm – 6 pm. And take note of the Museum’s lively Wednesday Night Speakers Series.

          The public is encouraged to visit the Highland House Museum during regular visiting hours, from now through September 29, 2018. Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; 6 Lighthouse Road, Truro MA 02652. (Located near Highland Links and Highland Light.) For additional information phone (508) 487-3397 or visit our website – www.trurohistoricalsociety.org

(The THS/Highland House Museum wishes to thank their business sponsors for support: Addison Art Gallery, Cape Air, Chequessett Chocolate, F.A. Days and Sons, Fanizzi’s Restaurant, Long Nook Meadows Farm, Long Point Electric, Robert J Martin II Landscaping, Montano’s Restaurant, Deborah Paine Cape Cod Custom Homes, Seamen’s Bank, Thomas D. Brown Real Estate, Truro Part-Time Resident Taxpayers’ Association, Truro Vineyards & South Hollow Spirits, Yardarm and Pamet Valley Liquors.)fullsizeoutput_5aa

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