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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

CHO Programs

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.

The CG36500 Boat

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.

The VISION of the CHO (Orleans Historical Society) is to bring history and culture to life, thus inspiring a shared sense of community and pride in the rich heritage of Orleans.

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CG36500 LIFEBOAT HOUSE PROJECT

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CHO AWARDED $90,000 IN GRANTS FOR CG36500 PRESERVATION BUILDING

The Centers for Culture and History in Orleans (the CHO) has been awarded two grants to develop professional engineering and architectural plans for a new building to protect and display the famous CG36500 motor lifeboat. The first is a $55,000 Orleans Community Preservation Fund grant approved by voters at the May 8 Town Meeting; the other is a $35,000 award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Facilities Fund.

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