Chatham History Weekend 2014
June 20 – 22


An opportunity for everyone in town to become aware of Chatham’s history organizations, and our town’s historic riches.

History Weekend Activites


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Historic Chatham Member Open Houses & Special Activities
During History Weekend, all the museums and history centers that joined together to form Historic Chatham will be open for some portion of the weekend.
Atwood House Museum The Atwood House will be open with free admission from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 21st, and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday June 22nd. Special installations on view will be historic and contemporary photographs of Monomoy, canvas embroidery by Ann Grey, and the charts of “Chart George” Eldredge.
Chatham Lighthouse The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be giving tours of the lighthouse from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 21st and 22nd.
Chatham Railroad Museum The Railroad Museum will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday, June 20th and 21st.
Chatham Windmill The Windmill will be open with sails turning and grinding corn on Saturday, June 21st from 11 AM to 2 PM (weather permitting). Corn muffins made by Colonel Godfrey will be distributed.
Eldredge Public Library The Library will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday, June 20th and 21st. The library will have a book display of Chatham and Cape Cod related materials. The library has scheduled a lecture, Life at Chatham c1914: A Local Perspective by Todd Kelley on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00 pm. (see below)
Marconi–RCA Wireless Museum The Marconi–RCA Wireless Museum and new Education Center will be open with free admission Saturday and Sunday, June 21st and 22nd. Hours are 11 am to 5pm on Saturday, and 1 to 4 pm on Sunday. The Grand Opening of the Museum’s Education Center is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st at 10 am (see below).
Mayo House The Mayo House will be open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 21st.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 20th through 22nd.
Nickerson Family Association The Caleb Nickerson House will be open on Saturday, the 21st from 10AM to 4PM. Tours available. On the lawn will be demonstrations of fire pit cooking, period gardening, period wood working and more.
Note: Free Admission Admission is free at all locations during History Weekend. For those locations above where free admission is not specified, admission is always free.
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Historic Chatham History Hunt
Co-sponsored by the Womens Club of Chatham

History Weekend 2014 will feature a History Hunt, an information scavenger hunt that will combine fun and exploring at Chatham’s museums and history centers. Find the answers to the History Hunt questions, then submit your completed answer sheet on Sunday of History Weekend. Those who find the answers will be eligible for a prize drawing.

A fun activity for the whole family, or make up a team of friends. Hunting for the clues and answers will require visiting the locations of the Historic Chatham institutions (listed on this page).
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CMMC Education Center Grand Opening,
With Visit By Princess Elettra Marconi
Saturday, June 21, 10 AM
Princess Elettra Marconi be the guest at the Grand Opening events for the Education Center, the renovated building which was once the Hotel Nautilus. Starting at 10 am, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center directors will be joined by local, regional and state luminaries for the ribbon cutting, officially opening the “hotel’s” doors to the public.

On Saturday afternoon at 6 pm, Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr, author of Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless, will discuss the inventor’s life and impact on society.

The Center will also continue the Open House on Sunday June 22nd from 1 – 4 pm. The Open House on Saturday and Sunday also features free admission to the public as part of the 2014 Chatham History Weekend.
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Life at Chatham c1914: A Local Perspective
Tuesday, June 17, 7pm at the Eldredge Public Library
Join Chatham native Todd Kelley for a perspective into life on Cape Cod in general and Chatham specifically during the year 1914. We will explore the nature of community and the communal fabric that sustained a year round economy. We will also consider the role that seasonal tourism started to play as well as how Chatham maintained its local identity up into the late 20th century in the face of weathering change.

Todd Kelley is a Park Interpreter at Nickerson State Park, and also leads personalized custom day hikes exploring the natural history of Cape Cod. See his website at Kelley Trailblazer.
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Orpheum Theater Classic Movie
Thursday, June 19, 8:00 PM
In conjunction with Chatham History Weekend, the Chatham Orpheum Theater will present The Great Gatsby, the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, at 8 PM on Thursday evening, June 19th.
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Cape Cod Sail and Power Squadron Lecture
Saturday, June 21 at 1:00 pm at the Monomoy Yacht Club
The Power Squadron will present a lecture on its 100 year history by Past Commander Robert David.
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Discover the History of Your Chatham Property, and order an Historic House Sign
Saturday, June 21, 12 – 2 PM at the Eldredge Public Library (lower level)
To assist people who are interested in learning the history of their Chatham home or commercial building built at least 100 years ago, Historical Commission designee Don Edge will be available to help at the Eldredge Public Library on Saturday June 21st.

Complete descriptions of each building and its history are available in the Library for most early structures. These structures are also eligible for an inexpensive Historic House Sign, as described on the Historic Chatham property Owners page.. Order forms will be available and assistance will be offered for the wording of your sign.
For more information and an application form, click here
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The History of Chatham’s First Meetinghouses & Ancient Cemeteries
Sunday June 22, 10AM – Noon
Join local naturalist and Chatham Conservation Foundation Trustee Todd Kelley for a walk interpreting the natural history and human history of the Foundation’s Barclay Pond Conservation Area and the Town of Chatham’s Training Field Triangle Conservation Area. Along the way we will visit a smallpox cemetery as well as the two ancient cemeteries on the grounds of Chatham’s first meetinghouses. This walk is sponsored by the Chatham Conservation Foundation, an organization created in 1962 to preserve land for the benefit of the people, plants, animals, and ecosystems of Chatham.

Park at the Town Office Annex on George Ryder Road, West Chatham. This is a FREE 2 mile walk with some hills.
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Old Village Association
Friday June 20, 11AM
“Originally Eliphalet’s Lane” will be added to the Eliphamet’s Lane sign post at a very brief ceremony at the corner of School Street and Eliphamet’s Lane. This additional sign was proposed by the Old Village Association, in keeping with its goal of “keeping alive the rich and varied history of the area and its people.” The first Chatham Eliphalet Hamilton (1735-1802) saw action in the Militia in 1754 during the French & Indian Wars, and in 1778 was wounded in action in the Revolutionary War. The area at the foot of the street was long known as Hamilton’s Landing.