The following webinars were presented by Lauren Kaufmann, Director of the Highland House Museum over the past year.
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Lin Fisher and Paula Peters: “Native Enslavement and Settler Colonialism in Early New England: Origins, Experiences, and Legacies” Originally presented on August 4, 5 PM.
If you missed it or would like to see it again, please click HERE
Paul Kemprecos: “The Birdmen of Truro”
In his talk, ‘The Birdmen of Truro,’ novelist Paul Kemprecos discusses inspiration for his new book, Killing Icarus. Set largely in Truro, Kemprecos’s suspense-mystery weaves a tale involving German glider experts, an Edward Hopper sketch, and a World War II secret. If you’re a flight aficionado or a Hopper enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this program!
Voices of Indigenous Poets:
Lucille Lang Day, Ben Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Cheryl Savageau, and Ron Welburn
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Drew Lopenzina: “400 Years of Settlement Through an Indian’s Looking-Glass”
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Andrew Lipman: “The Death and Life of Squanto”
Months after the so-called “First Thanksgiving,” the Wampanoag man known as Tisquantum, or Squanto, faced a steep fall from grace, as his fellow Natives accused him of making a dangerous plot. In the midst of this scandal, he died suddenly, but not before making a surprising deathbed confession. This talk explores Tisquantum’s strange death and his extraordinary life, proposing new answers to the enduring mysteries that surround him. If you missed the webinar or want to see it again, click HERE .
Tim Richards: “Discovering a Tide Mill in Truro”
On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Tim Richards presented: “Discovering a Tide Mill in Truro”.
When Tim Richards and Meg Clarke bought a home on Mill Pond Road in 2017, they wondered about the meaning of the name ‘Mill Pond.’ From Cobb Archive records, they learned that a tide-powered mill operated on the pond from about 1790 to the 1860s. In this webinar, Tim will share his voyage of discovery about the Truro Tide Mill–the people who owned and operated it, the mill’s place in the fabric of the town, and tidal power’s potential as a future renewable energy source. Painting by Andy Richards
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On Wednesday, December 9th at 5 PM, the Truro Historical Society welcomed eight local poets to a Zoom Poetry Reading, We listened to the work of Keith Althaus, Marjorie Block, John Bonanni, Elizabeth Bradfield, Mary Ann Larkin, Rosalind Pace, Patric Pepper, and Margaret Phillips.If you missed the reading or would like to see it again, please click HERE.
“Outer Cape Poets: Sharing New Work”
This group of talented poets reunited on April 21, 2021 on Zoom for another fabulous hour of inspirational poetry. The THS does not charge for online programs but welcomes donations. If you missed the reading or would like to see it again, please click HERE.
Jane Weissman: The Provincetown Railroad Heritage Trail Walking Tour
Those of you who missed our program, Jane Weissman: Riding the Rails from Truro to Provincetown, and those who want to learn more can follow this link to Ms. Weissman’s essay, The Provincetown Railroad Heritage Trail Walking Tour: https://jmweissman.com/essays/f/the-provincetown-railroad-heritage-trail-walking-tour. Please note that this material is not available for commercial use.
A Reading of the Last Sailor and an Interview with Sarah Anne Johnson
Sarah read from her latest novel, The Last Sailor and then discussed how the Highland House Museum has inspired her work. She talks about her salty upbringing on Cape Cod, researching local and women’s maritime history, and her family’s connection to Highland Lighthouse. If you missed the webinar or want to see it again click HERE
Curt Martin: The History of Whaling
Curtis Martin guided us through the history of New England whaling. Martin, a retired college professor, has done extensive research on whaling history. He examines the economic importance of whaling, the risks to the crew, the by-products of whaling, daily life on ship-board, the hunt, capture, and processing of whales, and finally, the decline and demise of the industry in the United States. If you missed it or would like to see it again, click HERE
Beth Chapman: Virtual Hopper Tour
Beth Chapman led a virtual tour of Edward Hopper’s Truro paintings, guiding you to the houses and hillsides that inspired his local work. In addition to illuminating his artwork, Chapman used historical photos that revealed the treeless landscape reflected in Hopper’s paintings. With family stories, historical background, and environmental expertise, she shared insights into the thirty-four summers that Edward and Josephine Hopper spent living and painting in Truro. To see the recording, click HERE
Jay Vivian: Virtual Tour of Corn Hill
Jay Vivian led a virtual tour of Corn Hill where we learned about a variety of historic events, including the achievements of the German glider school, the completion of the railroad to Provincetown, and the Europeans’ theft of corn from the Native People. To see the recording, please click HERE.
Debbie Merriam: “Indigenous Plants of Cape Cod.” In this webinar, Debbie Merriam, Arboretum Director of the Mary Wakefield Charitable Trust in Milton, explored the two main factors that have impacted plant life here: European occupation and climate change. If you missed it or would like to see it again, please click HERE