“Gunpowder, Greasepaint and Gertrude Lawrence” Talk

March 21st at Dennis Memorial Library
Joseph Yukna, researcher with Cape Cod Military Museum (Courtesy photo)

Cape Cod Military Museum researcher Joseph Yukna will speak to the confluence of “Gunpowder, Greasepaint, and Gertrude Lawrence” on Cape Cod in 1943 in an entertaining and revealing talk Saturday, March 21, at 2 pm at Dennis Memorial Library.

Yukna’s 50-minute PowerPoint presentation will weave a fascinating narrative about how the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Training Command, the First Composite Anti-Aircraft Demonstration Battalion Royal Artillery, and Gertrude Lawrence—one of the world’s first theatrical superstars—all came together on Cape Cod during World War II. Although English by birth and originally a noted mainstay of the London stage, Lawrence was a frequent leading lady at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis and later married Richard Aldrich, who operated that landmark summer theatre from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s.

The Cape Cod Military Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the auspices of the Bourne Historical Society. The museum’s mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the contributions of American men and women in the conflicts the United States has been involved in, with an emphasis on the unique role of the efforts of those in Southeastern Massachusetts.

This presentation is sponsored by Dennis Memorial Library and the Dennis Historical Society. A $5 donation is recommended.


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