Eastham Public Library's 400 Commemoration Events

2019 - 2020


Image: Samuel de Champlain's 1605 Malle Barre (Modern Nauset Harbor, Eastham, MA) courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Samuel de Champlain's 1605 Malle Barre (Modern Nauset Harbor, Eastham, MA) courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Genealogy Day
Presented by the Eastham Historical Society
Monday, July 15 10 AM - 5 PM
Come discover your Mayflower roots. Spend an hour with a genealogist and find your Mayflower passenger.
Email easthamhistorical@verizon.net to register and for details
Location: Eastham Public Library

Friday, August 23 @ 2 PM
Tea with Project Scholar Ian Saxine
Location: Schoolhouse Museum, EHS
(To be confirmed)    Funded by Mass Humanities

Sunday, September 15 @ 2 PM
FIRST ENCOUNTERS BEFORE THE FIRST ENCOUNTER: Dr. Kathleen Bragdon, author of "Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650." The local Native Americans encountered many visitors before 1620...
Location: Salt Pond Visitors Center CCNS     Funded by Mass Humanities

Three-Part Series: The Do’s and Don’ts of Long Distance Genealogy Projects
Part I - Wednesday Sep 25, 2019 @ 4 PM
The Do’s and Don’ts of Long Distance Genealogy Projects
Program Description: Bill Cole has conducted long-distance genealogy projects in the United States, Canada, and England.  He will share his “lessons learned” including what to do and what not to do to produce successful results.  As an added bonus, his English research partner for the past four years will add her perspectives.  This program is a must for anyone considering or doing any type of long-distance genealogy projects. 
Location: Eastham Public Library

Part II -  Thursday morning, September 26 
Family Surgery one-on-one scheduled consultations 
Signups will be required. Details will be announced soon.  Walk in consultations can be accommodated if time is still available.  Individuals will be required to bring information on one family line to research and receive guidance on which English records to pursue.  Bill Cole’s English researcher will conduct these consultations.
Location: Schoolhouse Museum of the Eastham Historical Society

Part III - Saturday, September 28 @ 2 PM
Hidden English Records: Barely Known Treasure Troves 
Using a successful case study search for Daniel and Ruth Cole’s ancestors plus Daniel Cole’s connection to William Collier, this joint presentation by Bill Cole, 8th great grandson of Daniel & Ruth Cole – one of the founding families of Eastham – and his English research partner, you’ll learn the research techniques to find hidden and barely known records to solve the long lasting mystery of this English family’s ancestral origins.  A must for anyone searching for their English roots.  A can’t miss for any Cole descendant and anyone connected to or interested in William Collier and his family’s role in the success of Plimoth Colony and New England.
Location: Eastham Public Library


Sunday, October 6 @ 2 PM (Note the change of date)
The FIRST ENCOUNTER AT EASTHAM – THE STORY RE-TOLD: The story presented by author-historian Ian Saxine and by others followed by discussion on the themes for the year long commemoration in 2020. Speakers:Jim Russo, Chair of the Eastham 400 Commemorative Committee, the project historian, project director, and project scholar. Bob Seay moderates
Location: Salt Pond Visitors Center CCNS      Funded by Mass Humanities

Sunday, October 13.  Discussion @ 2 PM.  Walk earlier that day, to be announced
MEMORIALIZING THE FIRST ENCOUNTER-A Walk & Discussion: A tour and presentation on the two existing tablets on stone at First Encounter Beach. A facilitated workshop on developing the text for a new tablet. Audiences will be asked to read the project narrative before the presentation. Bill Burke facilitator
Location: Eastham Public Library           Funded by Mass Humanities

Tuesday, October 15 ~ Time to be announced
IMMIGRATION – IDEAS FROM 1620 ~ A 2020 planning symposium
Presentation on the ignorance and conflict of 1620, with an hour of small group discussion. How can we – as local neighbors – move from any conflicts in immigration to better community? Can/should we re-write our social contract.
Location: Eastham Public Library.          Funded by Mass Humanities

Sunday, November 17  ~ Time to be announced
WORKSHOP: BEYOND 2020-Where are we on the journey from conflict to community? What is our future here on Cape Cod, four centuries after the first encounter? Panel with focus on young people. 
Location: Eastham Public Library           Funded by Mass Humanities

Sunday, December 1  ~ Time to be announced
COMMUNAL VISION-BUILDING TODAY’S COMMUNITY - - Bradford’s reasons and causes of removal to America; visions of the Native Americans, the “peaceable kingdom” 400 years into our experiment, as the heirs of this story, what are our common and competing visions for community to come? How can art continue to articulate and further our vision?
Location: Eastham Public Library          Funded by Mass Humanities

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 2 PM (time to be confirmed)
Kick-off program of commemoration 
Location: Eastham Public Library & Chapel in the Pines

Under Development:

Week before or after Commemoration Kick-off (December 8, 2019):

Local Cultural Council grant: Eastham Elementary Grades 3-5 visit Eastham Historical Society to meet with members of Wampagaog Tribe (Kitty Hendricks) and potentially coordinators of

Mukayuhsak Weekuk (The Children's House)

Saturday, December 7 @ 2 PM-
Screening of "We still live here" (Âs Nutayuneân), a documentary about the "re-discovery" of the Mashpee language Wôpanâak and the Language Reclamation Project, with Producer and Director Anne Makepeace (also possible teachers from Mukayuhsak

Weekuk, The Children's House, and Project Director Jennifer Weston)
Location: Eastham Public Library

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 2 PM
Official Commemoration Kick-off

(Primary speaker needed), will include drummers, potentially local school

children (music), native prepared food and English food of the period (at

the Chapel in the Pines) - funding needed from Eastham 400 Committee

and Mass. 

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 2 PM
Dr. Eric. D. Lehman debuts his new book

"New England at 400: From Plymouth Rock to the Present Day"

December 2020: The Commemoration ends with a traveling exhibit called "Our Story: 400

Years of Wampanoag History"
Location: Eastham Public Library

December 8, 2020
Official 400th Commemoration of The First Encounter 


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Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.