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 and use Passcode: C37?YCpg
“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 and use Access Passcode: *0qEZ%PG
Jane Weissman”: Riding the Rails from Truro to Provincetown” illuminates the history of the Cape Cod Railroad with archival photos, maps, and plans. Weissman examines the critical role that the train played in the development of the Outer Cape. Beginning in July 1873, passenger trains brought tourists and artists to the region. Freight trains opened new markets for the local fishing industry. After 65 years of passenger service, the extension of Route 6 to Provincetown and the rise of the automobile industry led to the demise of the Cape Cod Railroad. Weissman looks at the rise and fall of the trains that brought commerce and tourism to the Outer Cape.
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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 and use Passcode: ghNk$20m
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 and enter Passcode: 20S%&2g*
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 and use Passcode: YVr!6r
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 and use Password: e2S22.kw