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VIRTUAL WALKING TOURS

You can now experience local historian Bonnie Snow’s virtual walks by utilizing the interactive trail maps of historic main street walks. Learn about the fascinating lives of Orleans' early residents and the various eras of some of the architecture. 

Tours: East Orleans, Main Street or Historical Sites

FALL HISTORY PRESENTATIONS

Free Admission. Donations Appreciated! 

3 River Road, Orleans, 508-240-1329 

Masks will be Required; COVID-safe Distancing Available

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:00 pm @ CHO Meetinghouse

TOM RYAN shares the confusion caused when the colonies used the Julian and the Gregorian calendars simultaneously

Thursday, November 11, 7:00 pm @ CHO Meetinghouse

RON PETERSEN presents "The First Thanksgiving and Other Mayflower Myths"

Sunday, November 14, 4:00 pm VIRTUAL ONLINE

MICHAEL TOUGIAS shares "TWO TALES FROM THE 1960's" 
- The Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis 
- Growing Up Wild in the 1960's 

       (Zoom info Coming Soon)

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES COMING UP 

all-Beethoven Piano Recital
Kenneth Fearn
Friday November 5th 7:30pm


Fred Clayton and Friends
An Evening of Jazz
Saturday November 13 7:30pm

Tickets $ 20( members $16)

Starting June 12th
CG 36500 Talks and Tours
 Rock Harbor Orleans
 Saturday & Sundays 1-3pm 
DON'T FORGET TO VISIT OUR SOURVENIR SHED WHILE YOU ARE THERE

RENOVATION UPDATE

This year was a momentous one for us. We completed renovations at the Meetinghouse making it more ADA-compliant with an elevator, ramps, and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. We also gave it a fresh coat of paint, and added a kitchenette for events. We have moved the Hurd Chapel uphill, closer to the Meetinghouse, and placed it on a more solid foundation with a walk-out basement for more year-round use. We will also complete renovations on the Hurd basement for proper storage of our collection.  We look forward to showing you these improvements June 19 or 26th when we reopen. 

 

These improvements have been made possible thanks to grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the citizens of Orleans through the Community Preservation Committee and other funding from the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation, and William and CY Treene.

The Land Called Nawsett” (an original spelling for today’s Nauset) exhibition honors the Native Americans, the first European adventurers, the founding families and the early settlements of the Outer Cape in the 1600s in this 400th year commemoration of the Mayflower landings in Provincetown and Plymouth.

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The CHO has gone Virtual during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.  Click below for a list of our current and future programs that you can view anytime and anywhere, including history talks and tours, oral histories and more.

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Orleans has a rich history of shipwrecks and life-saving efforts. A recent example is the Motor Lifeboat CG36500, made famous in the Feb 1952 rescue of survivors of the tanker Pendleton.

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