JANUARY - MARCH —
Classroom Visitations to Yarmouth Schools for programs on Native Americans and their Crafts, the Sea Captains of Yarmouth and the History of the Saltworks on Cape Cod.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 2PM
Midwinter Salon at the Captain Bangs Hallet House, 11 Strawberry Lane on the Common in Yarmouth Port. Powerpoint Lecture by Bill Ewen, author of “Steamboats To Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket". Followed by reception. $10., Members $8. Reservations required at 508.362.3021.

BOARDING PARTY—Author Bill Ewen will be presenting before the reception.  

BOARDING PARTY—Author Bill Ewen will be presenting before the reception.
 

SATURDAY, MARCH 12th, 9AM-3PM
Giant Yard Sale to the Yarmouth Senior Center. Donate items to HSOY or rent your own table for $35. For table reservations call 508.362.3832.

SUNDAY, MAY 15th, 10AM
Spring Trail Walk with Gretchen Moran Towers, Cape Cod birder from the Museum of Natural History, Brewster. Gretchen, also known as the Cape Cod Bird Nerd, specializes in leading bird walks through our local natural surroundings. With a degree in Animal Science and a fascination with birds in particular, she relates to bird-lovers of all ages. Participants will be encouraged to identify the species seen and heard on the walk, and a record of the findings will be recorded on her blog. Join us for 1 1/4-mile tour of this 50-acre preserve. We'll gather at the Gate House behind the Post Office on 6A in Yarmouth Port beginning at 9:45. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes and bring your binoculars. Rain will cancel the event. (Intended for adults and children over 12). FREE.

TRAIL WALKERS—More than 30 hikers and birders assemble at the Trailhead in preparation for our 2016 Spring Trail Walk with Gretchen Moran Towers.

TRAIL WALKERS—More than 30 hikers and birders assemble at the Trailhead in preparation for our 2016 Spring Trail Walk with Gretchen Moran Towers.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16th, 4-7PM
Lecture and exhibit of antique silhouettes, followed by wine & cheese reception for members and their guests at the Captain Bangs Hallet House. Charlie Adams will talk about the Adams’ collection of silhouettes and scherenschnitte at the opening reception at the Bangs Hallet house at 4p.m. He will talk about the “puffy sleeve” artist, only recently identified as being from Buckland, MA; items by George Schnidt whose work is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the paper cutting of scenes, known as scherenschnitte. Many of these artists are from Vermont and New England. The wine and cheese reception will follow the talk. The opening reception is open to members and their guests. FREE.

JUNE 17th through OCTOBER 9th
Captain Bangs Hallet House OPEN FOR THE SEASON. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is the only furnished Sea Captain's house regularly open to the public on Cape Cod.

Discover the life of a Sea Captain and his family during the Golden Age of Sail, when Cape Cod's skilled mariners sailed America's famed Clipper Ships on trading voyages to India, China, and other faraway lands. Walk through rooms filled with period furnishings and antiques, porcelain, silks, paintings, and extensive maritime artifacts. Knowledgeable docents tell how the family lived and entertained and share stories of the perils these seafarers faced—from treacherous waters and violent storms to pirate attacks—and how families sometimes waited in vain for their return. Also featuring a special exhibit of Antique Silhouettes. The House
is regularly open for tours 1-4PM (last tour 3PM), on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 9th
. Adults $3, Kids always FREE.

A SURPRISE IN EVERY ROOM—Yarmouth's sea captains acquired many unique pieces, like this Asian Temple, during their voyages to exotic lands. Their lives were far more cosmopolitan than many of their land-bound neighbors.

A SURPRISE IN EVERY ROOM—Yarmouth's sea captains acquired many unique pieces, like this Asian Temple, during their voyages to exotic lands. Their lives were far more cosmopolitan than many of their land-bound neighbors.

THE FASTEST OF THEM ALL—Hear all about Yarmouth Captain Asa Eldridge, the famous Lost Hero of Cape Cod, who piloted the Red Jacket in the fastest-ever Atlantic crossing by a commercial sailing vessel in 1854—a record which still stands today. And how just two years later he suffered a mysterious end in an event that eerily foreshadowed the loss of the "unsinkable" Titanic.

THE FASTEST OF THEM ALL—Hear all about Yarmouth Captain Asa Eldridge, the famous Lost Hero of Cape Cod, who piloted the Red Jacket in the fastest-ever Atlantic crossing by a commercial sailing vessel in 1854—a record which still stands today. And how just two years later he suffered a mysterious end in an event that eerily foreshadowed the loss of the "unsinkable" Titanic.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25th, 11:30-4PM
Last year, many HSOY members took advantage of our Downstreet Walk. They also discovered that the Friday Club was running a strawberry shortcake festival and many returned there after the walk. While there is no Downstreet Walk this year, the Strawberry Shortcake Festival is June 25th from 11:30 to 4:00 at the Friday Club, 365 Main Street, Yarmouth Port. Fresh berries, homemade biscuits, and fresh whipped cream—yum. Eat in or take it home.

MONDAY, JULY 4th, 11AM
Annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Kelley Chapel Meadow for members and their guests. Come and enjoy food and beverages at an old-fashioned picnic to celebrate our country’s birthday. FREE.

LET'S CELEBRATE—The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet with guest vocalist, Cape Cod's own, Siobhan Magnus entertains the crowd at the Society's August 2015 Music in the Meadow.

LET'S CELEBRATE—The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet with guest vocalist, Cape Cod's own, Siobhan Magnus entertains the crowd at the Society's August 2015 Music in the Meadow.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2nd,
An all day excursion to Gloucester, including round trip bus, 2 1/2-hour harbor cruise around Thacher Island (bring your own lunch) and admission to Beauport, one of Historic New England’s premier properties. Limited space. $85. Reservations required at 508.362.3021.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 1-4PM
“All Around The Common.” Open House at the four historic properties on the Yarmouth Port Green. All will be welcoming visitors. FREE.

    • 4PM—Mark Twain’s America, a concert by pianist Jacqueline Schwab, whose name was featured extensively in Ken Burns documentaries. At the New Church; Sponsored by HSOY and funded in part by the Mid-Cape Cultural Council. FREE.    

    Patrons of this special event will receive preferred seating for the concert and following the concert an opportunity to meet the artist at a cocktail reception at a local residence. $35. Reservations required at 508.362.3021.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 5PM
Annual Meeting and Dinner. Reservations required. Place to be determined. For information call 508.363.3021.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 1 & 3PM (Rain date OCT 8th)
Tour of Yarmouth Port's Ancient Cemetery where you will meet costumed characters representing Yarmouth's early settlers and hear their stories. $10. Reservations required call 508.362.3021.

OUR TOWN—A Historical Society Member wearing period dress portrays one of the young people laid to rest in the Ancient Cemetery in Yarmouth Port.

OUR TOWNA Historical Society Member wearing period dress portrays one of the young people laid to rest in the Ancient Cemetery in Yarmouth Port.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 1 PM
The Defining Moment—capturing the dramatic rescue of the M/V Pendleton.

THIS PRESENTATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED, DUE TO AN INJURY SUFFERED BY ONE OF OUR PRESENTERS.
WE DO PLAN TO RE-SCHEDULE IT NEXT YEAR.
WATCH OUR CALENDAR FOR UPDATES.

A unique Artist and Author Event arranged by the Historical Society and the Cape Cod Museum of Art commemorating the dramatic rescue of the crew of the M/V Pendleton, a huge vessel snapped in half in the violent seas and bitter cold of a raging gale off Chatham in February 1952.

The program features celebrated Muralist Tony Falcone, noted Cape Cod author Theresa Mitchell Barbo, and Patricia Webber Hamilton, the daughter of Bernie Webber, the heroic Massachusetts Coast Guardsman who led the remarkable rescue that saved the lives of 32 mariners in what has been called "The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in U.S. Coast Guard History." Artist and Author share how they met the challenge of recapturing all
the drama of this historic event. And Patricia will reveal how her father's selfless action influenced his own
life and has inspired that of so many others over the years. Reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation. At the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, 508.385.4477. $15.

SAVED FROM AN ANGRY SEA—The 36-foot Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat used in the M/V Pendleton rescue, and portrayed here in the Tony Falcone mural, was itself rescued by the Orleans Historical Society in 1981 and is now berthed at Rock Harbor as a floating museum and a fitting tribute to extraordinary courage.

SAVED FROM AN ANGRY SEA—The 36-foot Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat used in the M/V Pendleton rescue, and portrayed here in the Tony Falcone mural, was itself rescued by the Orleans Historical Society in 1981 and is now berthed at Rock Harbor as a floating museum and a fitting tribute to extraordinary courage.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 3PM
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in the Historic Kelley Chapel, nestled in a secluded meadow behind the Yarmouth Port Post Office, Rt 6A. Join friends and neighbors seated on 1790 Quaker Meeting House pews in front of a potbellied wood stove and enjoy traditional hymns of the harvest season. Reception with light refreshments and conversation follow the service.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 1-4PM
Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll. Visit the museums, bed & breakfasts, inns, and businesses along the Old King's Highway in the famed section known as the Captains' Mile. They will welcome you with holiday decorations, tasty treats, and music of the season. Children are invited to have their photo taken at the Captain Bangs Hallet House (courtesy of Walgreens). FREE.

SMILE—Santa greets young visitors at the Captain Bangs Hallet House during the Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll.

SMILE—Santa greets young visitors at the Captain Bangs Hallet House during the Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 4-6PM
New Members' and Volunteers' Reception at the Captain Bangs Hallet House.