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Discover Cape Cod's captivating history, art, and culture
at the Chatham Historical Society's expanded and upgraded
Atwood House Museum.

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March 15, Sunday 2 PM
Sunday Lectures At The Atwood
History of Lifesaving Services on the Cape
Location: Atwood House Museum


This lecture has been cancelled due to the severe weather forecast.

The Chatham Historical Society will resume its Sunday lecture series on February 15th with a talk by Bill Litchfield and Tim Pennypacker on their experiences as Chatham selectmen. They served at a time when the Board of Selectmen was composed of three full timers, who – rumor has it – came in every morning, opened the mail and then stuck around to deal with issues large and small.

Among the youngest selectmen ever to be elected, both men have had a lifetime of service to Chatham. Over the years, they have gained a unique perspective of Chatham’s most recent history. Litchfield was a selectmen from 1980 through 1986, and chairman for his last two years in office. He also served as speaker of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates from 1889-1991 and has been Chatham town moderator from 1988 to the present. He currently has a law office in Chatham. Tim Pennypacker started his work career as a summer “cop” and then served 10 years as a year-around policeman until 1976, when he was first elected to the Board of Selectmen. He was on the Board from 1975 to 1978, and was re-elected in 1982, serving as chairman in 1987. He is presently a town constable and a justice of the peace.

The Society’s Sunday lectures will continue through the spring. The next program, on March 15, will feature Richard Ryder who will talk on the history of life saving services on the Cape. All lectures are open to the public, free of charge.


The Atwood House Museum is grateful for the support of

The Chatham Cultural Council,

The Chatham Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation,

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

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