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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.



August 5, 7:00 pm

Historic Preservation in Orleans: Why It Matters

Ron Petersen, presenter 

August 19, 7:00 pm

Calendars: Old Style and New Style

Tom Ryan, presenter

August 27, 7:00 pm

Two Tales from the 1960's

Michael Tougias, presenter

November 11, 7:00 pm

The First Thanksgiving & Other Mayflower Myths

Ron Petersen, Presenter


August 7, 7:30 – 8:30 pm  Monica Rizzio

Monica Rizzio

August 14, 7:30 - 8:30 pm  Denya LeVine and Julie Charland

August 21, 7:30 – 8:30 pm  Amy and the Soul Stealers

Starting June 12th
CG 36500 Talks and Tours
 Rock Harbor Orleans
 Saturday & Sundays 1-3pm 


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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