Talk of the Town

Ten intriguing programs: Cape Cod and the War of 1812, the Cape Cod Canal, Cape Cod Architecture, Colonial Herb Gardens, the Civil War, Petticoats at Sea, maritime rescues, Thornton Burgess, American Folk Art and Legends and Traditions of the Christmas Season.

Talk of the Town Chair Bill Daley addresses a full house at the Glass Museum's Hirschmann Auditorium

Talk of the Town Chair Bill Daley addresses a full house at the Glass Museum’s Hirschmann Auditorium

If you missed some of the talks, here are videos, courtesy of Sandwich Community Television:

“Cape Cod and the War of 1812″ with Jim Coogan, author, columnist and lecturer

Two centuries ago the United States and Great Britain were engaged in war. Some Americans called it the “second war for independence.” This talk looks at how the citizens of Sandwich experienced the war and reviews the significant happenings in 1814 as they affected Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. If you missed it here’s a video of the lecture:



“Cape Cod Architecture″ with Sarah Korjeff, Cape Cod Commission

This fascinating talk describes the evolution of Cape Cod architecture throughout the region’s history, linking particular architectural styles to specific historic events and development trends. The talk aims to help people understand different architectural styles and what they tell us about the region’s history.



“Colonial Herb Gardens,” Carolyn McMorrow, Master Gardener

As a retired owner of three successful restaurants, Carolyn’s interests focus on cooking, baking and gardening. She lives in the oldest house in Wareham (1683) and tells of her use and delight in heirloom herbs.


“Sandwich in the Civil War,” Bill Daley, Sandwich Historical Commission

Sandwich was the first town on Cape Cod to raise a military unit for the Civil War and had the first company to see live action. Before it ended, more Sandwich men served and died in this conflict than any other town on the Cape. This talk shows the impact the war had on this small town.


“Daring Rescues along the New England Coast,” Michael Tougias

Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 18 books. His book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a breathtaking book – Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying yarn.” He also co-authored the bestseller The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue. The author’s other true adventure book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind”. Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories and includes them in his lecture for businesses titled, Survival Lessons: Decision-making Under Pressure.


“Thornton Waldo Burgess,” David Hobbs, Christie Lowrance

Thornton Waldo Burgess, naturalist, conservationist and author of children’s stories talks to us about his times in his native Sandwich from 1874-1892. Our most famous author wrote his first book, Old Mother West Wind, in 1910. By the time he had retired, he had written 170 books and 15,000 stories for his daily newspaper column “Bedtime Stories.” Actor David Hobbs will bring him back to life. Also meet Christie Lowrance, author of Nature’s Ambassador, The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess.




“Legends and Traditions of the Christmas Season″ with Henry F. Callan

Christmas tree painting 1877 by H. J. Overbeek

The fascinating history behind the mixture of pagan, secular and Christian elements. A special time of fun and celebration for everyone.

Puritans in Sandwich and all of Cape Cod did not celebrate Christmas between 1659 and 1681 because it was illegal. With more and more immigrants coming to the New World, Christmas celebrations began to flourish in the mid-nineteenth century. Today, Sandwich residents start the Christmas season with the lighting of the Little Christmas Tree on Shawme Pond and the singing of Christmas carols in Town Hall Square in front of First Church.


DC Huntley interviews Bill Daley about the “Talk of the Town” Speaker Series, which is ten separate events with speakers discussing different topics in history, all relevant to the Town of Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod. These events will take place all year long in 2014 and are produced by the Sandwich 375 Committee as part of the town’s 375th Anniversary Celebration. Everyone is invited. Admission is FREE!



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