The CHO is roaring back and we are looking forward to greeting members, friends, and the community. Like many other establishments, we’ve been closed for more than a year, so now’s the time to bring culture and history back to life.
CHO’S BACK – AND WE’RE CELEBRATING
JUNE 19TH and JUNE 26TH
We’re Back and The CHO (Centers for Culture and History in Orleans – also known as the Orleans Historical Society) is looking forward to greeting members, friends, and the community.
Help us bring culture and history back to life in Orleans. Join us on Saturday, June 19th and June 26th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM for our community reopening at the Meetinghouse. Enjoy the outdoor live music, enter a raffle, share your ideas with Board Members or bring a beach chair and just hang out.
On June 19th 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Nashville artist, Julie Charland and Denya LeVine will perform Sea Shanties, folk songs and lively fiddle tunes, all on the theme of the sea. For More information see: www.denya.us/bands.html
Then on June 26th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, dance with Tommy Tuttle, one of Cape Cod's most popular DJs who will provide a great mix of light rock. For More information see: https://capecoddj.com
Visit the newly renovated Meetinghouse! There will be a complimentary exhibit, “The Land Called Nawsett” that honors the Native Americans, the first European adventurers, the founding families and the early settlements of the Outer Cape in the 1600s. There is also an exhibit commemorating the CG 36500 motor lifeboat* and its role in saving 32 crew members from the storm stricken Pendleton in 1952, still considered “the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history.” Visitors will also be able to purchase books, T-shirts and many more items from the Museum Shop. (*” The actual CG 36500 is berthed at Rock Harbor. Starting June 12 volunteers will be available weekends from 1:00 - 3:00 to provide visitors with history and information about this famous boat.”)
LIVE BLUES CONCERT – JUNE 19TH
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW
“Juneteenth: Blues and Beyond”
presented by The CHO
June 19th at 7:30 PM in the Meetinghouse.
The BLUES will be performed by the Fred Clayton Group, featuring Paul Arslanian on piano, Fred Clayton on bass and Christian McCarthy on drums.
Tickets are $20, $16 for Members. Tickets can be purchase online, see link below, or at the Annex (across the lot from the Meetinghouse) on Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 – 5:00 PM starting June 15th. If the event is not sold out tickets purchased the night of at the Meetinghouse. (NOTE: All events will be in full compliance with Massachusetts Covid Regulations).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.