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Get to Know the Smallest Town on Cape Cod through History and Folklore in - Truro Stories Fact and Fiction

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Date: August 4, 2009
Contact: Jody Anastasio, North District Interpreter, 508-487-1256

The history of Truro spans hundreds of years, and multiple perspectives, from farmers, to lighthouse keepers, to artists, to summer tourists. Hear tales, both true and tall, that give this rural town its colorful character in “Truro Stories: Fact and Fiction.”

On Sunday, August 9th, at 7:00 PM, join historian and storyteller Dan Sanders to explore a small town with a big past. Sanders will share stories ranging from the adventures of early explorers to tragic shipwrecks, as well as how Truro transformed from a farming community into a resort destination for summer tourists. Find out how this isolated community near the end of the Cape has developed its unique character, and played a special role in history. The program is free and open to the public.

Dan Sanders lives in Truro and is a native Cape Codder. He grew up listening to tales told by his grandfather, who exhaustively researched the historic basis for Cape Cod folklore. Sanders has carried-on his family’s legacy as both a researcher and storyteller. He was part of a team of divers who dove at the site of the sunken pirate ship Whydah, wrecked off of Wellfleet in 1717, and is active in the Truro Historical Society.

Every Sunday in July and August, at 7:00 PM, 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.

IF YOU GO:

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.

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Did You Know?

Spadefoot Toad

An abundance of sandy soil and shallow freshwater ponds for breeding make Cape Cod National Seashore an ideal landscape for Spadefoot Toads. A Threatened Species, the Seashore supports their largest known population in the Northeast. Some park roads are closed on rainy nights to protect them.