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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

History Buffs Will Enjoy 375th Anniversary Speakers Series

drawing of Sandwich church and town hall
As part of the year-long celebration of the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Sandwich, the Sandwich Glass Museum is sponsoring the "Talk of the Town" speakers series. The free events will be held once a month throughout 2014 in the Hirshmann Theater at the glass museum and topics will cover a wide range of subjects. This series will be informative and entertaining whether you live here or are visiting Cape Cod.

At the February presentation, Jim Coogan spoke about how the residents of Sandwich experienced the War of 1812 and its affect on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard in the years following the war.

The March subject presented by Samantha Gray had to be rescheduled to April 3rd due to bad weather. Her topic was the engineering and construction of the Cape Cod Canal. She spoke about the struggle to build and maintain this engineering marvel as we celebrate its' 100th birthday.

On April 30th, the architecture of Cape Cod, its' evolution, and what it tells up about the history of our region is being presented by Sarah Korjeff. Upcoming presentations will be on March 28, June 25, July 23, September 24, October 29, November 19, and December 3, 2014.

green herbs growing in brown earth next to a white houseThe May presentation will be "Herb Gardens during the Puritan and Colonial Period". Carolyn McMorrow, prior owner of three successful restaurants, will discuss heirloom herbs with a focus on gardening, cooking, and baking.

In June, Bill Daley will discuss the impact of the American Civil War on this small town. Sandwich was the first town on the Cape to have a military unit in this war. More men from Sandwich served and died in this war than any other Cape Cod town.

woman in checkered dress circa 1800 and large had
On July 23rd,  storyteller Joan Gatturna will bring to life the true adventures of Johanna Sears in "Petticoats at Sea". It is based on little-known stories of daughters of New England families who faced the perils of being at sea.

In September, attendees will be treated to a presentation by author Michael Tougias, who has written 19 well researched books about rescues at sea. One of these was The finest Hour about the United States Coast Guard's most daring sea rescue. "Daring Rescues along the New England Coast" will captivate with stories of tragedy and bravery.

Thronton Burgess cartoon of white bunny rabbit, green frog, squirl, and beaverWell-known Sandwich historical figure Thornton Waldo Burgess will be the topic for October's Old Mother West Wind, in 1910. By the end of his career, he had written 170 books and thousands of stories for newspapers. "Thornton Burgess" will be terrific entertainment for the whole family.
event. Actor David Hobbs will bring this character to life on the stage of the Hirschmann Theater. This most famous author with Sandwich roots wrote his first book,

November 19, 2014 brings "An Overview of American Folk Art" which will be presented by Beth Friend. Ms Friend will discuss American folk art from 1776 through 1850 and how artists' works reflected the antebellum society in which they lived.

The "Talk Of The Town" speakers series will wrap up on December 3rd, 2014 with the presentation "Legends and Traditions of the Christmas Season" with speaker Henry F. Callan. This begins a two-week celebration of the holidays with "Holly Days in Sandwich" and Mt. Callan will discuss the pagan, secular, and Christian elements of this special season.

This wonderful series of presentations is free but seating is limited. All events are being held in the Hirschmann Theater inside the Sandwich Glass Museum. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the programs begin at 7:00 pm sharp. You can pick up tickets in advance as long as they are available. If you are interested in a particular subject, you are advised to do so. More information is available at the Sandwich Glass Museum at 508-888-0251 and at Sandwich 375.

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