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Join Don this spring in Wellfleet, Orleans

If you're a Cape Codder and have enjoyed Don's books, articles, and talks about Cape Cod history over the years, then here's your chance to really dive in to the outer peninsula's past.

Don will be offering two community education courses on the Outer Cape this spring. Both are five-session courses, with a fee of $60. Links are in the course descriptions below:

A HISTORY OF EASTHAM at Open University of Wellfleet: Friday mornings from April 27 through May 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet: First known as Nauset, Eastham was home to the Nauset tribe for thousands of years before exploration by Champlain and the Pilgrims, and it is now known as the “Gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore.” Whether it’s the U.S. Lifesaving Service and its shipwreck rescues, Cape Cod’s oldest windmill, the revival meetings of “Thumpertown,” the Cape’s most iconic lighthouse, or tales of sea captains and rum runners, Eastham is truly rich in history and tradition. In these lecture sessions with historic photos, Don wanders back in time through the Outer Cape’s back roads, sand dunes and solitary beaches to uncover Eastham’s fascinating past.

CAPE COD HISTORY: JOURNEY TO THE OUTER BEACH (scroll to end of brochure for course description and form) at Nauset Community Education, Monday evenings, April 23 to June 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Nauset Middle School (Room 210), 70 South Orleans Rd. (Rte. 28), Orleans: In a series of five 90-minute lectures, using PowerPoint images and video, several subjects of the Cape’s Outer Beach history is covered, including Shipwrecks, The Lifesaving Service, and the Coast Guard; Great Cape Storms; Lighthouses of the Outer Cape; Dune Shacks and “The Outermost House”; and Landmarks of the Outer Cape. Note: No class on May 7 (Orleans Town Meeting) and May 28 (Memorial Day).

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