Cape Cod National Seashore to Host - The Legacy of Thornton Burgess Program

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Date: July 23, 2014
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421

Join author and Sandwich resident Christie Palmer Lowrance for a journey into the life and stories of the famous Sandwich born children’s author, Thornton W. Burgess. This 45-minute, free program will be held at Salt Pond Visitor Center at 3 PM on Wednesday, August 6.

A keen observer of nature and passionate conservationist, Burgess turned these interests into plots in his children’s stories, which gained great popularity in the early years of the 20th century. Characters in his books include Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, and Grandfather Frog. In addition to the dozens of children’s stories and other writings, Burgess wrote a syndicated daily newspaper column called “Bedtime Stories” from 1912 to 1960.

Christie Palmer Lowrance is the Sandwich-based author of Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess. Children and adults will enjoy this presentation by Ms. Lowrance which will include readings from some of Burgess’ children’s books, as well as a look into questions such as: why did he decide to write 70 books for children? How and where did he write them and why did he believe nature is the universal teacher?

A book signing will follow program.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, with staff to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at


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