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May 2018

Talk of the Town Speaker Series

May 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

May 16, 2018 "Irish Need Not Apply" Christopher Daley, ¬†Author and Historian The English practiced anti-Irish policies for centuries and they eventually spilled over into Protestant America. Mr. Daley begins his story in the mid- 17th century when the English brought a good many Irish as unwilling and indentured servants to their American colony and continues the telling through the years. By the 19th century ¬†there was a growing anti Irish sentiment in the Boston Protestant society as a result…

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June 2018

Talk of the Town Speaker Series

June 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

June 20, 2018 The Presidential Cape Cod Summers of John F. Kennedy Brian R. Merrick   Brian is the retired first justice of the Orleans District Court. He also researched and was curator of the Timeline Wall of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Library Museum. In the Presidential campaign summer of 1960 and the three summers that followed, the eyes of the nation and of the world were focused on the small hamlet of Hyannisport. It was the summer home…

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October 2018

Talk of the Town Speaker Series

October 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

October 17, 2018 Early Gravestones and Their Stories Laurel K. Gabel   Ms. Gabel is a noted gravestone and cemetery scholar who presents her material with great knowledge and a good deal of wit. She will introduce you to the symbolism and special language of gravestones and how these historic artifacts reflect the attitudes about death held by society during these times. With a focus on New England gravemarkers and their carvers; the Rural Cemetery Movement; fraternal and heraldic symbolism;…

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April 2019

“Cape Cod Contraband: Rum Running & the Era of Prohibition”

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 24, 2019 "Cape Cod Contraband: Rum Running & the Era of Prohibition" Don Wilding, Author and Historian During the Prohibition (1920-1933), rum running was a big business on Cape Cod. Farmers and fishermen of the Cape took to the seas, heading offshore to "Rum Row" to bring the criminal yet coveted alcohol to the mainland under cover of darkness, while the possibility of being caught by the Coast Guard was always present. Busy harbors and remote estuaries may of…

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