DATE: June 2, 2018
CONTACT: Ann Canedy, email@example.com; 508-362-4561; Gene Guill, President, Tales of Cape Cod, firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-744-7458
Tales of Cape Cod, a non-profit organization dedicated to “bringing history to life”, offers the programs listed below for the month of June. All programs are $5 for members and $10 for non-members and take place in the Olde Colonial Courthouse, 3046 Main Street (6A, at the corner of Rendezvous Lane and Route 6A), Barnstable Village. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the programs begin at 7 pm. Parking is available on the street, at St. Mary’s Church and at the Sturgis Library. Refreshments and a dessert reception will follow each program:
Monday, June 4th: Sponsored by John and Susan Littlefield; “Jolly” Jane Toppan-Don’t Drink The Water!, presented by (Ret.) Judge Greg Williams.
- About the Talk: What happened to the Davis family of Cataumet after they befriended private nurse Jane Toppan? Jane’s prolific career of “caring” for anyone who required her ministrations – or got in her way – ended in the Barnstable Village Courthouse at the turn of the 20th Was Jolly Jane the most prolific female serial killer in American history? Always meticulously researched and entertainingly delivered, Judge Williams’ talks never disappoint.
- About the Speaker: Greg Williams retired from the District Court bench in 2015, after 15 years, the last ten spent as First Justice of the Edgartown District Court. Before that, he had been the Deputy Chief of the Western Massachusetts Division of the Attorney General’s Office and a lawyer in Western Massachusetts. Now Judge Williams offers talks about historical Massachusetts crimes.
- Contact: Greg Williams – email@example.com ; 508-737-9920
Tuesday, June 5th: The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award will be presented to Nancy Viall Shoemaker of West Barnstable.
Monday, June 11th: Sponsored by Heslinga & Tate Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Women of the Civil War, How They Changed America For Good! with Brenda Collins.
- About the Talk: Brenda Collins is delighted to share the pivotal tale of women in the rise of healthcare culture, the nursing profession, social consciousness, abolition and suffrage forged in the cauldron of the Civil War.
- About the Speaker: Brenda Collins is the former coordinator of Library Services at Wilkens Library, Cape Cod Community College. She spent most of her professional years as an academic medical librarian from the Mayo Clinic to Harvard with stops along the way. Retired, she lives in Harwich with her husband Bill, a Civil War buff, and is in demand across the Cape for her talks on the role of women in the Civil War.
- Contact : Brenda Collins: firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-432-8089
Monday, June 18th: Sponsored by Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and Town of Barnstable. The Murder of 1899-The Crime That Changed Cape Cod Forever, presented by Theresa Mitchell Barbo.
- About the Talk: In 1899, the Cape was a very simple, rural place. On a September evening in 1899, a young boy James Whittemore, was murdered by his friend Edwin Ray Snow in South Yarmouth. Barbo will tell the story of victim and murderer and its impact on Cape Cod life.
- About the Speaker: Therese Mitchell Barbo is an award winning journalist and author of several books on New England nature, science, culture and maritime history. Her works include Cape Cod Bay: A History of Salt & Sea; Cape Cod Wildlife: A History of Untamed Forests, Seas& Shore and A Maritime History of Nantucket Sound. She is cofounder & presenter of the Pendleton Leadership Lecture Series based on her book The Pendleton Disaster off Cape Cod, The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History coauthored by Captain Russell Webster. Originally from the Midwest, Barbo has been a resident of Massachusetts for over 30 years. She graduated from Southeastern Massachusetts University and holds an MA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
- Contact: Theresa Barbo – barbo @gmail.com; 774-263-4219
June 25th: Sponsored by Jan Rapp; The Critical Story of Pre-colonial Wampanoag Encounters with Paula Peters.
- About the Talk: As writer and producer of “Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History”, Peters will tell the critical back story of Plymouth Colony from an indigenous point of view.
- About the Speaker: Peters earned a BS in Communication from Bridgewater State University. She is a modern, traditional Mashpee Wampanoag woman who is recognized as an independent scholar of Wampanoag history. She is a journalist, educator in Native History and an activist. She served as Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Wampanoag Indian Program at Plimoth Plantation. She hails from a prominent Mashpee Wampanoag family and has served on the Wampanoag Tribal Council. She was active in the tribe’s long and contested push for Federal recognition.
- Contact: Paula Peters – email@example.com; 508-985-5140