A blog to share stories from Orleans, including many interesting anecdotes and lesser known facts from the past
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October 3, 2018

Originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle, September 28, 2018

Last week I was on vacation, spending a couple days enjoying mountains instead of sea. Of course my voyages took me the headquarters store of King Arthur Flour, a mecca for bakers. I walked around enjoyi...

September 13, 2018

Normally, this blog is the articles written for the OHS column in the Cape Chronicle. But as October approaches, we have decided to preserve some work here as well. Last year we celebrated October with a series of Facebook posts telling the stories in a short way about...

September 7, 2018

Originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle

We are starting Halloween early at the Orleans Historical Society with a presentation by the Gravestone Girls on September 13 at 7 pm.

The Gravestone Girls say they “endeavor to help preserve a rich folk art tradition unique...

August 18, 2018

Originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle

Summer at the Orleans Historical Society is always a joy. The Meetinghouse is air conditioned (a very important qualification this summer!) and full of interesting things. During the day it’s the exhibits- this summer we ha...

July 28, 2018

Originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle

This summer the Historical Society is remounting The Girl From Quanset, a musical written in 1908 for the campers at Camp Quanset for Girls/ It was originally performed at OHS in 2015 after Diane McCauley donated some Orlea...

June 23, 2018

An article from our summer intern, originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle 

To the summer visitor, the beaches of Cape Cod beckon with the promise of leisure. However, the sandy vistas and gleaming waters of the Outer Cape also harbor the disastrous history of ov...

June 22, 2018

Originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle

June has come and so has summer! Everything on the Cape is waking up, including OHS.

We have finished unpacking after the construction over the winter, which continued through the spring as construction is want to do. We hav...

June 22, 2018

One of the joys of completely packing up a space, whether it is your home or a museum, is when you unpack you can rethink where things go. We’ve been doing this as we prepare the Meetinghouse for reopening with exhibits next month. We’ve been unpacking and thinking “hm...

May 19, 2018

Originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle

I’ve noticed some things since arriving in Orleans a year ago. One is that no matter where I go, as soon as I’m identified as the director of the Orleans Historical Society, I get asked how Bonnie Snow is. And then if someo...