The National Seashore Revealed: 25 Outstanding Places, People, Facts, Oddities and Stories You Need to Know. With Bill Burke
Fridays from 10a.m. to noon at Preservation Hall.
Class dates : October 19,26,November 2,9,16
This is a fast moving survey of the stories and places that define Cape National Seashore, our backyard treasure..Tucked away in the corners of Wellfleet and beyond within the National Seashore are both famous and obscure historic sites, evocative landscapes and vistas, old houses, archeology sites and stories of triumphs failures and controversies that collectively define this superb unit of the National Park Service family. Each week will feature suggested readings focusing on five distinct topics. First, we will review the birth pangs and development of the national seashore from the 1930s to present, including a rundown of how internally the park lives and breathes today. Then we'll have a look at ancient, old and new houses within the national seashore and visit a few nearby, Next, we will dive into the delightfully complex lore of the Dune Shacks pf Provincetown and Truro and what the latest plan is for their use and preservation The fourth session will cover a list a Bill favorite historical oddities, and a look at the archeological surveys conducted over the years, including the massive McManamon survey of the late 1970s's and the most recent survey at the Great Island Tavern site this past summer by a crew from UMASS Boston. The finale will be a behind the scenes field trip to a park facility, perhaps our museum collection warehouse in Truro.