In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Cape Cod National Seashore into law. Photo courtesy of Bill Burke, Cape Cod National Seashore archives.

Saturday, January 14th, 2:00 p.m.
(suggested donation: $5.00 pp)
History of the Cape Cod National Seashore:
55 Years and Counting for a Cape Cod Treasure

Presentation by Bill Burke, Park Historian, Cape Cod National Seashore

Location: Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St.)

In the 1950s, Cape Codders were split over the proposal to carve a National Seashore out of the 6 towns of the Outer Cape.  Some feared the “clutches of big government” while others welcomed preservation of wild lands.  Explore the Seashore’s innovative “Cape Cod Model” that created a citizen advisory commission, patched together over 1,000 parcels of land, limited eminent domain, and emphasized preservation of both land and cultural heritage. Learn how the Seashore greets millions of visitors a year, serves as a center for science and learning, and still tries to be a refuge from everyday life.