Orleans celebrates Thoreau’s “Cape Cod”

Date(s) - 08/16/17 12:00 am - 7:30 pm

Location: Snow Library

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Henry David Thoreau would have marked his 200th birthday in 2017, and Orleans is celebrating with its “One Book, One Town” community-wide reading of Cape Cod. Written in the mid-1800s over the course of three visits to the Cape, the book is part travelogue, part nature journal, filled with morsels of Cape history, sketches of local folk, and observations of the natural surroundings, all rendered in Thoreau’s memorable, quasi-reportorial style.

Snow Library is leading this year’s “One Book, One Town” with a series of activities in the summer and fall.

“SHIPWRECKS OF CAPE COD,” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Thoreau encounters shipwrecks, repeats tales of foundered ships and muses on the dangers of the sea throughout Cape Cod. In this evening talk, author and historian Don Wilding will look at dramatic shipwrecks and rescues on the Cape’s Outer Beach, from the days of the U.S. Life-Saving Service to the early years of the Coast Guard.

All events are free. For more information contact Snow Library at (508) 240-3760.