We are so excited to be partnering with Tales of Cape Cod for their 2022 season! View the program schedule and buy books below.
All programs begin at 7 pm. Admission prices, unless otherwise noted, are $15 for nonmembers; $10 for members. Open seating, we do not sell advance tickets. Receptions follow. Book signings, courtesy of Titcomb’s Bookshop, when applicable. Memberships, which allows for reduced admission prices, can be secured at the door.
MONDAY, MAY 16: SLAVERY & SEGREGATION, ANTEBELLUM MASSACHUSETTS- THE LAW OF SHAW
As Chief Justice of the Mass Supreme Judicial Court, West Barnstable’s Lemuel Shaw was the most influential state-court justice in 19th century America and helped shape early doctrinal attitudes towards slavery and race, as told by perennial favorite, the Honorable Gregory Williams. Sponsored by Lucy Loomis & Dan Santos.
MONDAY, MAY 23: UNTOLD STORY OF THE CUBAN CRISIS: FOUR INCIDENTS THAT COULD HAVE SPARKED WORLD WAR II
The telling of 13 harrowing days of the Cuban Crisis and the steps President Kennedy took to reach a decision on a course of action, with author Michael Tougias. Sponsored by Alex & Bob Frazee; Brian & Kathy Smith, Barnstable Market.
MONDAY, JUNE 6: DECEMBER '41
William Martin (award-winning author of 12 novels including Cape Cod) introduces his latest book, a WWII thriller that begins with Pearl Harbor and imagines the assassination of FDR. Martin will recount the fascinating historical context of the era.
Buy the book: December '41 by William Martin
MONDAY, JUNE 13: WOMEN AT SEA
Enjoy a glimpse of women’s roles in sea voyages with Duxbury Historical Society archivist Carolyn Ravenscroft. Sponsored by Steve & Lynn Heslinga.
MONDAY, JUNE 20: TRURO HIGHLAND LINKS
Historian Dan Haslam tells the intriguing stories and history that surround America’s oldest golf links. Sponsored by Johnson Golf Management; Scott & Gail Alexander
MONDAY, JUNE 27- POOR RICHARD’S WOMEN
Author Nancy Rubin Stuart amplifies the long-neglected voices of the women who loved, nurtured, and defended America’s most famous scientist and founding father.
Buy the book: Poor Richard's Women by Nancy Rubin Stuart
THURSDAY, JULY 7: HISTORY REVISITED; UPDATING OLD STORIES WITH NEW INFORMATION
Historian Sloane Awtrey and others bring us up to date on the Statue of Justice and the Iyannough Grave Site. Note this is a THURSDAY presentation.
MONDAY, JULY 11: THE WOMEN OF BARNSTABLE
Historian Nancy Viall Shoemaker celebrates the illustrious Barnstable women of history. Sponsored by Carrie Bearse.
MONDAY, JULY 18: MURDER MYTHS: MEDIEVAL EUROPE TO OSTERVILLE
The Honorable Greg Williams delivers another informative and entertaining snippet of Cape history.
MONDAY, JULY 25- TINSELTOWN INVENTOR, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD-HEDY LAMAR
Actress Judith Kalaora, History at Play, personifies this ingenious inventor clouded in Hollywood fantasy in this superb living immersive history presentation. Sponsored by John & Susan Littlefield; Town of Barnstable/Hyannis Chamber of Commerce Tourism Grant; Anonymous.
MONDAY, AUGUST 1: REBELS AT SEA
Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin recounts the heroic little known story of the founding of the US Navy and privateering in the American Revolution. Leezie Magruder; Town of Barnstable/Hyannis Chamber of Commerce Tourism Grant.
Buy the book: Rebels at Sea
MONDAY, AUGUST 8: HELLTOWN
How the Provincetown serial killer Tony Costa (the Cape Cod Cannibal) and connects with Cape authors Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut, as told by bestselling author Casey Sherman. Sponsored by Nancy & Charles Mueller.
Buy the Book: Helltown by Casey Sherman
MONDAY, AUGUST 15: CAPE COD MODERN HOUSES
The founding director of Cape Cod Modern House Trust Peter McMahon explores the history of some of the prime movers of modern architecture including Bauhaus luminaries, drawn to the Cape beginning in the late 1930s. Sponsored by Lynn & Steve Heslinga; Terrie Reilly; Craig Schelter.
MONDAY, AUGUST 22: NEW ENGLAND LIGHTHOUSES & THE PEOPLE WHO KEPT THEM
Maritime historian and the leading expert on New England lighthouses Jeremy D’Entremont weaves a story of bravery, heroism and solitude. Sponsored by Ken Morton; The George Family Trust.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29: TRANSATLANTIC TRAIN: BOSTON, LIVERPOOL & CAPE COD CAPTAINS
Local author Vincent Miles tells the true interconnecting story of a poor orphan from a remote country village, a renowned ship builder and two Cape Cod mariners. Sponsored by the Town of Barnstable/Hyannis Chamber of Commerce Tourism Grant.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: BASEBALL’S FINEST HOUR
Popular story teller Marty Sandler recounts the dramatic story of the fascinating 1941 baseball season. Sponsored by George Muhlebach.
Buy the book: Baseball's Finest Hour by Marin Sandler
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: THE USE OF ANIMALS IN WW1
Joe Yukna, Director of Cape Cod Military Museum relates the bizarrely fascinating tale of the expected and surprising uses of animals during the Great War.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: OYSTERS & CATB0ATS; A FOUNDING OF A VILLAGE
Historian Paul Chesboro talks about the storied history of his favorite Cape Cod village. Sponsored by Jamie & Lee Hunsaker.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3: BEFORE SALEM: “WITCHES” IN MASSACHUSETTS
The ever-popular Greg Williams is back with another delightfully spooky tale. Sponsored by Lesley Wallace.