Tales of Cape Cod Announces Remaining Programs of the Season

Season ends October 1st...
A program on Edward Gorey is just one of the end-of-season programs offered by Tales of Cape Cod

Tales of Cape Cod, a non-profit organization dedicated to "bringing history to life" offers the programs listed below for the months of August, September and one program in October.  All programs are $5 for members and $10 for non-members and take place in the Olde Colonial Courthouse, at the corner of Rendezvous Lane and Route 6A, Barnstable Village. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the programs begin at 7 pm.  Parking is available at St. Mary's Church, the Barnstable House and the Sturgis Library. Refreshments and a dessert reception will follow each program:

AUGUST 27:  THE BARNS OF CAPE COD. Sponsored by Lineal, Inc, senior architectural historian Virginia H. Adams will talk about the English and New England-style barns which dot the landscape OF Cape Cod’s 15 towns from Woods Hole to Provincetown.  Drawing images and information from the book “Barns of Cape Cod”, Adams will offer insights into the history of barns and the agrarian lifestyle that helped shape the Cape Cod landscape.  Adams is a project manager for the Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) in Rhode Island and teaches in the historic preservation program at Boston Architectural College.  She received her BA in Art History and MA in Anthropology from Brown University.  Her expertise includes architectural history and preservation with extensive experience in survey, National Register of Historic Places evaluation and nomination, regulatory compliance, archival documentation and historical interpretation. Contact Information for Virginia Adams:  [email protected]

SEPTEMBER 10:  THE HISTORY OF THE CAPE COD CINEMA with Eric Hart.  Sponsored by a Town of Barnstable Tourism Grant and the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Hart, who is the current owner and manager of the historic Cape Cod Cinema in Dennis, will talk about the Theater’s historic significance as well as its famous 1930 Rockwell Kent mural ceiling. Contact information for Eric Hart:  [email protected]

SEPTEMBER 17:  CSI FALL RIVER-THE STATE OF CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONS in 1892.  Continuing his very popular lectures on all things Lizzie Borden,  retired judge Greg Williams will talk about the status of crime scene investigation during the time of Lizzie Borden and the famous murders of 1892 in determining the answer to the question – did Lizzie do it? This program is sponsored by Lesley Wallace, Dromara Farms. Contact Information for Judge Williams:   [email protected]

SEPTEMBER 24:   BORN TO BE POSTHUMOUS, THE ECCENTRIC LIFE & MYSTERIOUS GENIUS OF EDWARD GOREY featuring one of Gorey’s “deranged cousins” Ken Morton, who lives in Barnstable Village in what was once the family’s vacation home where Gorey spent his summers before moving to Yarmouth Port into what is now the Edward Gorey House & Museum.  Morton , currently Director of the Museum, knew Gorey well and will talk about his life, his career and his singularly unique personality.  Gorey, typically described as an illustrator, classified his own work as “literary nonsense”, a genre made famous by Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. He has long had a cult following and has made a notable impact on the world of theater with his set designs for the 1977 production of Dracula for which he won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Best Sc [email protected] enic Design.  This program is sponsored by Peter & Susan Eleftherakis. Contact Information for Ken Morton:  [email protected]

OCTOBER 1:  VICTORIES & VOYAGES, THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF THE USS CONSTITUTION with Carl Herzog, Public Historian for the USS Constitution Museum.  Herzog is responsible for a wide range of historical research, presentation and program development. Before joining the Museum, Herzog served as a college maritime history instructor and sailed professionally for many years on board a variety of educational tall ships throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean.  He holds a 500-ton USCG Ocean Master’s License, a MA in history and is currently completing a PhD dissertation through UMass Amherst on colonial-era smuggling. Herzog will relate the stories behind the USS Constitution’s most dramatic adventures and captivating crews who led her to success. This program is sponsored by Toni & Bill Cook.  Contact Information for Carl Herzog: [email protected][email protected]; 617-426-1812x136

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