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Dive into the Salty Past of the Cape in - Tales from the Sea

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Date: June 30, 2009
Contact: Jody Anastasio, District Interpreter, 508-487-1256

During the great age of sail, mariners lived aboard creaking ships, ventured to exotic lands, endured ferocious storms, battled leviathans at sea, and returned with amazing stories. Experience the adventures of Cape Cod seafarers in “Tales from the Sea.”

On Sunday, July 19th, at 7:00 p.m. folklorist Jim Coogan will guide you through uncharted waters in a one-hour presentation about the exploits of Cape Cod sailors. The author of seven books about Cape Cod, Coogan will share some highlights from the treasure trove of tall tales, daring deeds and sea chanteys that speak to the enduring connection between Cape Codders and the sea. A book signing will follow the presentation. Meet at the Province Lands Visitor Center auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Jim Coogan lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts, and is a retired teacher and a regular columnist for “The Cape Cod Times.” His books include the award winning Sail Away Ladies: Stories of Women in the Age of Sail and Cape Cod Harvest, a collection of more than eighty stories of Cape Cod lore and legends.

Every Sunday in July and August, at 7:00 p.m., join a special guest for an in-depth look at the history, culture and nature of Cape Cod in a one-hour program. Come each week to explore a range of topics, from reptiles and amphibians to ocean currents. The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore. All presentations will be held the Province Lands Visitor Center and are free, accessible and open to the public.


The Province Lands Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff members are available to answer questions, assist with activity planning, and provide hiking and bicycling trail information in person, or by phone at (508) 487-1256. The visitor center features museum exhibits, orientation films, and a bookstore with interpretive items such as books, maps, games and puzzles. The 360-degree rooftop observation deck provides views of the surrounding dunes and sea. A listing of all of the national seashore’s programs is available at the two seashore visitor centers, or on-line at www.nps.gov/caco.







Did You Know?

pirate treasure

Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.