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Afternoons at The Atwood Lecture Series

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November 13, Sunday, 2 pm

Afternoons at The Atwood

Shorebirding with Bob Clem, Bob Prescott , Director of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Mural Barn

Biologist Bob Prescott will discuss the varieties of birds that the late Bob Clem watched and painted during his long career. Prescott's lecture will include the natural history, population status and migrations of the birds which share the tidal flats, dunes and beaches of Chatham and were an inspiration for Clem's artwork.

Bob Prescott is the director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where he has been actively involved in coastal issues and research. He received a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts and has studied such diverse topics as whale strandings, seal distribution around Cape Cod and, most recently, the home range of box turtles. He is particularly interested in coastal ecosystems and has led trips around the world, from Belize to Antarctica, as well as in the United States.

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February 13, Sunday, 2 pm

Afternoons at The Atwood

Mayflower II, Peter Arenstam, Mural Barn

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March 13, Sunday, 2 pm

Afternoons at The Atwood

A Proper Farewell: Aspects of 19th century Mourning, Stephen O’Neill; Mural Barn

Admission Free -Donations Welcome

April 10, Sunday, 2 pm

Afternoons at The Atwood

The Rise and Fall of the American Clipper ship, Mark Wilkins; Mural Barn

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May 15, Sunday, 2 pm

Afternoons at The Atwood

“Open for Business” – Chatham businesses, Mary Ann Gray; Mural Barn

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Chatham was “Open for Business” from the town’s earliest days. Mary Ann Gray, Chatham Historical Society archivist, will outline the history of business in Chatham and set forth how national events, as well as local economic and social changes, have affected commerce. With photographs, old store journals and memorabilia, she will trace these developments throughout Chatham from 1700 to 1900.

June 12, Sunday, 2 pm

Afternoons at The Atwood

Japanese & American Acculturation during the 19th century, Mark Wilkins; Mural Barn

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Curator Mark Wilkins will discuss Japanese and American acculturation during the 19th Century, a time when Japan was transformed from a closed feudal society to one that embraced its role in global affairs. The discussion will begin with Commodore Perry’s visit to Japan and finally will discuss the socio-economic and political factors that would lead to Japan’s nationalistic imperial ambitions.

October 16, Sunday, 2 pm

Afternoons at The Atwood

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Paul Mangelinkx, Principal of Chatham High School
Mural Barn

This lecture covers the causes and effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act--the only act to ever exclude a single ethnic group from America.
Mr. Mangelinkx's presentation will be drawn from his research and writing for a seminar on American immigration at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Paul Mangelinkx has had a long interest in history, starting with his undergraduate years at Worcester State University, his experiences in Malawi in the Peace Corp, and continuing on through graduate school work and teaching. He has published articles in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts and The Register. He is now chairing the Education Committee of the Chatham Historical Society.

Admission Free -Donations Welcome