November 15 - 1960: President-elect Kennedy returns to Hyannis

1966: Edward Brooke elected to the Senate. 2000: Wellfleet church closes its doors. 2006: A bygone culinary classic revisited
In 2000 Our Lady of Lourdes closes and becomes Wellfleet Preservation Hall

1960: Kennedy appears in Hyannis after being elected president

His first public appearance since beating Nixon by 118,000 votes

This weekend in 1960, President-elect John F. Kennedy and his family appeared in public for the first time, at the National Guard armory on South Street in Hyannis across the street from present-day Barnstable Town Hall, on the morning after Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard M. Nixon by only 118,000 votes.

Future first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, eight months pregnant, gave birth to the couple's son, John F. Kennedy Jr., two weeks later in Washington, D.C.

1966: America elects first black U.S. Senator since reconstruction

Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-MA) served two terms

In November of 1966, Vineyard summer resident Edward W. Brooke becomes the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the US Senate.  Brooke, a Republican, served two terms until he was defeated by Democrat Paul Tsongas (whose widow, Nikki Tsongas, was elected to the US House of Representatives).

Brooke was the last Republican Senator elected from Massachusetts until Scott Brown was elected in 2010, and, until 2013, was the most recent Republican of African-American heritage to be elected to the Senate in his own right. Brooke is also the oldest living former Senator.

Brooke's former house on the Vineyard is now a site on the African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard.

2000: Our Lady of Lourdes closes in Wellfleet

It was turned into Wellfleet Preservation Hall

This Sunday in 2000, the last Mass was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church on Main Street in Wellfleet by the Rev. John Andrews.

The church, built in 1912, had become too small for the congregation and in need of repair.

Parishioners began attending services at the Church of the Visitation in North Eastham and plans were unveiled in February 2007 to build a new church on 10 acres of church-owned property off Route 6.

Today the former church is Wellfleet Preservation Hall, shown on right, a place for civic, educational, social, and creative events. The 1912 building is the former Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Main Street, and the local nonprofit group Wellfleet Preservation Hall has renovated the building for use as a community and cultural center.

2006: It's time to bake up a mess of Indian Pudding

There is a classic old favorite that's not as popular today as in years past: Indian pudding. But why was it popular then, and what happened to it's fame? We only need turn to the Christian Science Monitor for an answer. There story began:

When the Pilgrims arrived on Cape Cod and then Plymouth in November of 1620, all the happy memories they had of their former life in England revolved around some festive occasion, one that was often celebrated with rich pudding.

During their early years in the New World, the colonists could only dream of the plum puddings of Old England. Even a simple milk pudding or bread pudding seemed out of the question because of they had no wheat flour, but there was, of course, Indian cornmeal...

This colonial classic's current unpopularity is something of an American tragedy. Just ask Kathleen Curtin, food historian at Plimoth Plantation, and coauthor of "Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, From Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie" (Clarkson Potter, 2005). To Ms. Curtin, the subject of Indian pudding is like talking popcorn with Orville Redenbacher.

See the complete story AND a recipe for Indian pudding in the Christian Science Monitor here.

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including in 1492 when Christopher Columbus noted the first recorded reference to tobacco, and in 1620 when Myles Standish lead 16 men in a foot exploration of Cape Cod.


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