Upcoming Lectures

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The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Jim Dempsey, President

July 22, 2021 5:30pm

Zoom lecture - Free, reservations recommended

Join us for our first event with our new “sister museum,” The Wooden Boat Museum of Labrador and Newfoundland! We’ll hear about the museum, boat building, and about the Basque fishermen who visited the southeast coast of Canada in the 17th century.

This lecture will also be streamed via Facebook Live, link here.

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Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: The Triumph and the Tragedy

Don Wilding

August 5, 2021 5:30pm

$10 Lecture/Admission

From the wreck of the Sparrow-Hawk in 1626 to the grounding of the Eldia in 1984, Cape Cod’s outer beach—often referred to as the “Graveyard of Ships”—saw the demise of more than three thousand vessels along forty miles of shifting shoals. Join us as Don Wilding revisits these and other maritime disasters, along with the heroic rescue efforts of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard.

There is a limit of 40 tickets. The lecture will be held in our classroom (no social distancing), followed by the book signing on our patio. Book price ($21.99) is in addition to admission price. 


Want to attend virtually instead? Follow this link to reserve your seat via Zoom. This lecture will also be streamed via Facebook Live, link here.

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Blockade!—Cape Cod in 1812

Charles Johnson, Erie Maritime Museum

August 19, 2021 5:30pm

Zoom lecture - Free, reservations recommended

During the War of 1812, the British Royal Navy boasted the world's preeminent fleet, something that quickly became apparent to the people of Cape Cod. This lecture will explore Britain's blockade and how it affected those who called the Cape home.

This lecture will also be streamed via Facebook Live, link here.

Beachcombing Field Trip

Gilbert Newton

September 2, 2021 5:30pm

$10 Field Trip

Join us to learn about the marine plants and animals you can find along the Cape shoreline—mollusks, crabs, horseshoe crabs, sponges, seaweeds, and more! This is a great trip for anyone who wants to share the wonders of the Cape’s beaches, salt marches, sand dunes and tide pools with kids and grandkids. Copies of Gil’s book, “Activities for the Cape Cod Beachcomber,” can be purchased at our website or giftshop for $10.

Reservations are required for this field trip. Attendees should park at the museum, then we’ll walk about one mile down Ocean Street to Veterans’ Beach. 

Past Lectures:

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Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, 2:00-3:00 pm

All About Seals by Brian Sharp of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

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Sunday, April 11th, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm

Wild, Unclaimed Beauty by Barry Beder

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Sunday, Jan. 24 2021, 2:00-3:00 pm

Global Winds and the History of Exploration by Captain Elliot Rappaport of the Maine Maritime Academy

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Sunday, April 25th, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm

Beachcombing by Gilbert Newton

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Sunday, Feb. 7 2021, 2:00-3:00 pm

Sharks: Awareness Inspires Conservation, by Kristen Kibblehouse of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

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Saturday, May 8th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Sea Lions and Submersibles

by Dr. Frank Fish

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Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, 2:00-3:00 pm

Tiggie's Fishing Lore Sets the Hook with Sandy McFarlane of Cultural Resource Specialists

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm

Sea Shanties 101 by Coco Raymond

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Sunday, March 7th, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm

Climate Change and Cape Cod

with Andrew Gottlieb of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC)

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Thursday, July 8, 2021,  5:30pm

In the Wake of the Mayflower by Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle

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Sunday, March 21st, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm

Lighthouses of Nantucket Sound, by Jeremy D’Entremont of the American Lighthouse Foundation