An opportunity for everyone in town to become aware of Chatham’s history organizations,
and our town’s historic riches.
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.
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
CMMC Education Center Grand Opening,
With Visit By Princess Elettra Marconi
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.
Life at Chatham c1914: A Local
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
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.
Cape Cod Sail and Power Squadron Lecture
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.
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
, as described on the Historic Chatham property
Order forms will be available and assistance will be offered for
the wording of your sign.
For more information and an application form, click
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.
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.