The Dennis Maritime Museum at the West Dennis Graded School House opens for the season Saturday, June 15, from 1-4pm with a memorable and evocative exhibition focusing on “Dennis Life Savers, Lightship Men and Lighthouse Keepers.”
Curated by Phyllis Horton, the doyen of the Dennis Historical Society, the exhibition shines the spotlight on many of the brave and dedicated local men and women responsible for safeguarding ship travel along Cape Cod’s coastal waterways in the 19th and 20th centuries. Featured prominently in the exhibition are stories about Eunice Stone Howes, who after her husband’s death operated the Sandy Neck Lighthouse at the entrance to Barnstable Harbor, and the men of Lightship 6, who perished in February 1918 when their lightship—essentially a floating lighthouse moored in Nantucket Sound off Dennis Port—snapped its anchor cables in a frozen sea and drifted until it sank near Monomoy Point.
Found on the second floor of the WDGSH at 67 School Street, the Dennis Maritime Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm starting June 19 and through October 25. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted. The museum is wheelchair accessible and air conditioned.
For more information on DHS events this summer, visit dennishistoricalsociety.org.