While the CHO remains closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are responding to phone calls, emails and requests for research assistance. Members and friends will be updated by email, Constant Contact, and e-newsletters on the latest news from us.


In the meantime, please take advantage of these virtual programs and events from the safety of your home.

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Purchase a ticket and watch anytime.

General Admission $5

CHO Members $2.50 

Our 2020-2021 Exhibition "The Land Called Nawsett"

Virtual Tour is ready! 

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number of improvements have been made in the past year to the Meetinghouse to make it more accessible and ADA-compliant.  We look forward to showing you these improvements when health guidelines allow us to do so. Later this year, we will move and update the Hurd Chapel to make it more functional year-round. 


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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