Franklin and South Dennis,
Nonprofit groups, schools, and other organizations interested in hiring Don for a lecture can contact him at email@example.com.
SPEAKER'S FEE: $250
Don has presented his programs to a wide variety of audiences since 2001, including the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Boston Public Library, the Thoreau Society, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, the Eastham Historical Society, and the Thornton Burgess Society, as well as classes from the Orleans Elementary School, Captain Nathan Hill Middle School (Coventry, Conn.), Tahanto Regional High School (Boylston, Mass.), Chatham High School on Cape Cod, Penn State University, Emerson College, and Franklin Pierce University (New Hampshire). Don has led history walks at Cape Cod National Seashore, and taught Cape history courses at the Open University of Wellfleet and Nauset Community Education.
PLEASE NOTE: Don will only be scheduling the following talks for the remainder of 2023 and 2024:
CAPE COD AND THE PORTLAND GALE OF 1898
On the night of November 26, 1898, with a killer storm of historic proportions approaching, the steamer Portland set out from Boston. By the following night, the winter hurricane sent the vessel to the depths of Massachusetts Bay off Cape Cod, claiming nearly two hundred lives. On the Cape, a few dozen victims of the Portland disaster washed ashore, while ships piled up in harbors, high tides swept away railroad tracks, and the landscape and beaches were changed forever. Several Cape Cod mariners went to sea and never returned, caught in the gale’s evil clutches. Don revisits this disaster and the heroic deeds of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the Cape’s citizenry in what came to be known as “The Portland Gale” (book published in May 2023).
CAPE COD STORMS: GREATEST DISASTERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Cape Cod has long been a target of severe storms during its long history. Whether it's hurricanes, such as "The Long Island Express of 1938," "The Great Atlantic Hurricane" of 1944, Hurricanes Carol and Edna in 1954, and Hurricane Bob in 1991, or raging northeasters such as the "Blizzard of '78" or "The No-Name Storm" of 1991, Cape Codders have always needed to be on alert for whatever Mother Nature might be dishing out next (book to be published in 2024).
WHERE DON'S BEEN ...
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CAPE COD, MASS.
Cape Cod National Seashore, Salt Pond Visitors Center. *
Cape Cod National Seashore (walks). *
Eastham Chamber of Commerce
Eastham Senior Center *
Eastham Historical Society *
Eastham Public Library *
Nauset Fellowship (Universalist / Unitarian) of Chapel in the Pines. *
Eastham 350th Anniversary celebration, 2001.
The Inn at the Oaks (Penn. State University).
Captain’s Quarters (tourist group from Georgia)
Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. *
Wellfleet Historical Society (at the Wellfleet Public Library). *
Cape Cod National Seashore, Marconi Beach (for Tahanto Regional High School, Boylston, Mass.).
Open University of Wellfleet (at Wellfleet Preservation Hall). *
Nauset Newcomers (at Wellfleet Cinemas). *
Truro Library, North Truro. *
Payomet Performing Arts Center, North Truro *
Seashore Point. *
Provincetown Public Library. *
Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (Provincetown 2020 event).
Nauset Heights Association, East Orleans.
Nauset Community Education at Nauset Middle School. *
Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary (Orleans branch) at Church of the Holy Spirit.
Snow Library. *
Orleans Historical Society. *
Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society).
Chatham Men's Club (at Chatham Community Center).
Chatham High School. *
Eldredge Public Library. *
Chatham Orpheum. *
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. *
Brewster Ladies’ Library. *
Brewster Men’s Club (at Ocean Edge)
Cape Cod Sea Camps. *
Epoch Senior Center. *
Harwich Council on Aging at Harwich Community Center.
Harwich Conservation Trust at Harwich Community Center. *
Harwich Historical Society.
Brooks Free Library. *
Stone Horse Yacht Club.
Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Dennis Public Library, Dennisport. *
South Dennis Free Library, South Dennis.
Dennis Memorial Library.
Mayflower Retirement Community, West Yarmouth.
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth at Old Yarmouth Inn.
South Yarmouth Public Library.
Cultural Center of Cape Cod (for the Cape Cod Film Society).
Thirwood Place, South Yarmouth. *
Crazy Rooster Pub & Grill (tour group from Florida)
Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable.
Cape Cod Writers’ Center (at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum).
Cape Cod Maritime Museum. *
Tales of Cape Cod. *
Barnstable Senior Center. *
Cotuit Library, Cotuit. *
Osterville Free Library, Osterville. *
Sturgis Library. *
Hyannis Public Library. *
Alberto's Ristorante (tour group).
Osterville Men's Club.
Mashpee Public Library.
Thornton W. Burgess Society (Green Briar Center). *
Sandwich Council on Aging.
Sandwich Glass Museum (Talk of the Town Series). *
Sandwich Public Library / Sandwich Town Archives. *
Bourne Newcomers & Neighbors.
Bourne Historical Society *
Woods Hole Biological Laboratory.
Falmouth Public Library. *
Encore of Falmouth Newcomers (at First Congregational Church of Falmouth). *
Falmouth Newcomers (at First Congregational Church of Falmouth). *
Abington Public Library.
Athol Public Library.
Boston Public Library. *
South Boston Historical Society.
Tahanto Regional High School.
Bridgewater Public Library.
Brookline Adult Education.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Paul Pratt Memorial Library.
Thoreau Society (72nd Annual Gathering, 2013).
Dover Town Library.
Foxborough Historical Society. *
Framingham Public Library. *
Franklin Public Library.
Hingham Public Library.
Holliston Public Library.
Bancroft Memorial Library.
Hudson Public Library.
Ventress Memorial Library.
Mansfield Council on Aging.
Mansfield Public Library. *
Mattapoisett Free Public Library.
Maynard Public Library.
Mitchell Memorial Club (for the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association).
Milford Town Library. *
Cornerstone at Milford.
Morse Institute Library.
Newburyport Film Festival, The Screening Room Theater (rough cut screening of film, 2014).
Newton Free Library. *
Norfolk Public Library.
North Attleboro Historical Society.
Northboro Free Library.
Norton Public Library.
Norton Institute for Continuing Education (Wheaton College).
Plymouth Public Library.
Thomas Crane Public Library. *
Raynham Historical Society.
Hawthorne Hotel (2003 annual meeting of Annie’s Book Stop owners ).
Sharon Adult Center (at the Community Center).
Somerset Public Library.
Southboro Public Library.
Uxbridge Free Library.
Walpole Public Library. *
Corbin Public Library.
Wellesley Free Library.
Weston Senior Citizens Club.
Winchester Public Library.
Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association.
National Literary Landmark dedication for Henry Beston’s Chimney Farm at Nobleboro Grange.
Hopkinton Public Library.
Weaver Memorial Library.
North Kingstown Free Library.