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National Seashore Seeks Vintage Park Images for 50th Anniversary Project

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Date: October 22, 2008
Contact: William Burke, Park Historian, 508-255-3421 x14

Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price announced that that park is interested in viewing early images and photographs of the park from the late 1950s through the 1980s.  The images are needed to document the early years of the seashore, which was established in 1961 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011.  Part of the celebration will be the publication of a booklet with images of the park.  Members of the public are invited to share their photographs, postcards or other images showing park facilities, early scenic views taken in the park, park personnel like lifeguards, rangers, maintenance workers, or other notable community or political leaders involved in the debate over the formation of the seashore beginning in the late 1950s.  The seashore has the capability to scan images if they are brought into Salt Pond Visitor Center.  Please call seashore historian William Burke to set up a time to bring in the images.  The seashore has also dedicated a museum intern to assist with the project.  Other special events, sales items and programs will be planned as 2011 approaches.

“The seashore has changed in many ways over the last 50 years”, stated Superintendent Price.  “We take comfort in knowing that the seashore helped to preserve a good portion of the Great Beach for recreation and contemplation, but there have been some significant changes and growing pains in the past 50 years.  Some vistas and landscapes that were once prominent features of park trails and roads have been obscured by forest succession.  Altered estuarine systems like Hatches Harbor are now being restored.  Even the appearance of the park uniform and park signs has evolved.  Rangers no longer perform horse patrols for example, but now ranger programs lead the public on interpretive hikes and canoe trips to the far corners of the park.  Beach facilities have been built but others lost to storms like the Blizzard of ’78.  Structures that in the 1960s and 70s were considered insignificant are now looked upon as historic.  We want to capture in a single booklet the story of the fledgling seashore coming of age in the late twentieth century.” 

For more information, please contact William Burke, park historian, at 508-255-3421, ext. 14.

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Cape Cod

In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.