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Tales of Haunted New England Lighthouses

Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 pm

Are you ready for a fright? Lighthouses are picturesque icons that remind us of our rich maritime history, but they also have a dark side. Lighthouses and ghost stories often seem to go hand in hand. Jeremy D’Entremont, a leading expert on New England’s historic lighthouses, shares stories of the macabre tales of New England’s coastal beacons, including the lovelorn spirit known as Ernie at Connecticut's New London Ledge Light and the piano playing ghost of Maine's Seguin Island Light. Not necessarily suitable for children. Chills and thrills guaranteed.

Jeremy D’Entremont is the historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and the author of nine books on lighthouses and maritime history. He has personally taken part in lighthouse investigations by paranormal research groups, and he’ll share his personal experiences. He has also appeared on the Syfy Channel’s popular Ghost Hunters show, as well as Haunted Lighthouses of America on the Travel Channel.

The Archaeology of the Americas

Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 pm

Continuing our celebration of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, archaeologist Kevin Quackenbush will discuss the archaeology of the Americas. As he considers ancient man, Kevin invites the audience to imagine that they are in the middle of an ancient continent with nothing. What would they need to survive? Could they make or get what they needed? His lively, interactive style will engage people of all ages. Artifacts, such as projectile points, scrapers, hammerstones, drills, and an axe and adze will be available for touching.

Learn about Owls on Cape Cod

Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 am

Get ready for Halloween! Learn about owls, the animals often associated with the spooky holiday. North America’s owls are commonly thought of as secretive and nocturnal forest inhabitants. In fact, many owls can be observed, or at least detected, during daylight hours. With a little experience, they can be discovered relatively easily. Long Pasture Director Ian Ives teaches our audience how to identify Cape Cod owl species and describes their life histories. Discover the art of owling and have a spooky good time!

The Historic Archaeology of Cape Cod

Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 pm

Come and help us kick off Massachusetts Archaeology Month! Archaeologist Dave Wheelock, caretaker of the Wing Family Fort House in Sandwich, talks to our audience about the historic archaeology of Cape Cod. He’ll discuss why archaeology is important in helping us understand the lives of colonial Americans and how we use material culture, i.e. recovered trash, to determine periods of occupation, economic status, and food types and preparation. The talk will segue into gravestones of the period, as Mr. Wheelock created a reproduction of a 1757 stone for his late friend and noted archaeologist Jim Deetz.

Author's Friday - Hallie Ephron

Friday, September 30 at 2:00 pm
Award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe Hallie Ephron arrives to talk to our audience about her own work as an author. Her latest novel Come and Find Me was released in March; last year's effort Never Tell a Lie was nominated for the "Best Novel of 2010" and became a TV movie called And Baby Will Fall.

Registration strongly encouraged for this highly anticipated event.