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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program on Captains - Lighthouses - and Lifesavers

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Date: August 4, 2009
Contact: Sue Haley, South District Interpreter, 508-255-3421

Life on Cape Cod is intimately tied to the ocean.  For centuries, the sea held the promise of wealth and fame.  However, the ocean can also be a dangerous and deadly place for those who live, work, and visit. Join local author Jim Coogan for a free, one hour presentation on captains, lighthouses, and lifesavers on August 18 at 7:00 PM at Salt Pond Visitor Center. 

During his program, Mr. Coogan will share memorable tales of the maritime history and culture of Cape Cod.  Listen to both harrowing and heroic stories set in a land known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Mr. Coogan is the author of seven books about Cape Cod and a regular columnist for the Cape Cod Times. His books will be for sale after the presentation.   

The program is part of the “Tuesday Evening Series” at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.  Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs cover the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages, free of charge, and accessible.  The series is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO:  Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421.  The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning.  Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles and games.  For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

seasonal freshwater wetlands in the Province Lands

135 acres of seasonal freshwater wetlands exist across the dune landscape of Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands. These wetlands which typically dry down by mid-summer, support plants, serve as breeding areas for Spadefoot and Fowler’s toads, and provide drinking water for wildlife.