Summer 2016 CALENDAR

Events are held at the Meeting House Museum and have a suggested donation at the door unless otherwise specified.

For more information call 508 240-1329.

 

Museum OPEN hours: Monday through Friday 9 am - 1 pm or by appointment


Bonnie Snow's
HISTORIC WALKS

Hear stories and historical anecdotes about
Orleans' early citizens on these easy walks.

Cemetery Walk
Main Street Walk

Walks begin at 10:00 am
Adults $10 ~ Children12 and under free.
Meet at the OHS Meeting House Museum,
Main St & River Rd


Wednesday July 6 at 7:00 pm

Talk by historian Don Wilding

Shipwrecks of Cape Cod


Friday July 8 at 10:00 am

Historic Main Street Walk with historian Bonnie Snow

Meet at the OHS Meetinghouse for walking tour.


Wednesday July 20 at 7:00 pm

Talk by Arthur Milmore

And the Sea Shall Have Them All: The Wreck of the Steamer Portland


Friday July 22 at 10:00 am

Historic Cemetery Walk with historian Bonnie Snow

Meet at the OHS Meetinghouse for walking tour.


Wednesday August 3 at 7:00 pm

Talk by Curtis Martin

American Whaling in the Age of Sail


Friday August 5 at 10:00 am

Historic Main Street Walk with historian Bonnie Snow

Meet at the OHS Meetinghouse for walking tour.


Tuesday August 16 at 7:00 pm

Talk by Arthur Richmond

The Evolution of the Cape Cod House


Friday August 19 at 10:00 am

Historic Cemetery Walk with historian Bonnie Snow

Meet at the OHS Meetinghouse for walking tour.


Wednesday August 31 at 7:00 pm

Talk by John Cumbler

Cape Cod: An Environmental History of a Fragile Ecosystem


Friday September 16 at 10:00 am

Historic Main Street Walk with historian Bonnie Snow

Meet at the OHS Meetinghouse for walking tour.

 


The Orleans Life-Saving Station

LSS crew

An exhibit tribute to the lifesaving tradition of our community. This legacy dates back almost 170 years before Orleans was incorporated as a separate municipality. During the winter of 1626-1627, the Sparrowhawk was wrecked off the shores of what became Orleans, and the first documented rescue mission was headed by none other than Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony.

The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts became the first organization to address the plight of shipwreck survivors soon after it was founded in 1786. By erecting shelters along the coast and stocking them with survival supplies, hope was provided to those who made it to shore after disasters in our dangerous waters. One of the first huts provided by the Society was in Orleans. Some of these huts, including the one in Orleans, became early lifesaving stations, provided with a boat and staffed by volunteers.

 

 



FILM RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2016

Tony Falcone Mural

The Finest Hours

(3D/2D theaters)
STUDIO: Walt Disney Pictures
DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespie
MPAA RATING: N/A
SCREENWRITERS: Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy
STARRING: Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger

 

"The Finest Hours" is a true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue. In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. "The Finest Hours" is the story of their heroic mission, which is still considered the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.

 

The Orleans Historical Society owns and maintains the original CG36500 vessel.
For further information about visiting the boat >>

 

For more information regarding these and other events call the OHS 508-240-1329, or orleanshs@verizon.net .

 

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