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Full Calendar of Programs, Education, and Events

December 31, Saturday, 1 - 5 PM
First Night At the Atwood
Please join us at the Atwood House & Museum as we ring in the new year during First Night Chatham. The Atwood House & Museum is a Button-Free venue for First Night.

Don't miss the final viewing for 2016 of the model train fest designed by Ryder Martin.

Visit the other galleries and plan on shopping in the Museum Gift Shop.
Event Details:
When: December 31, Saturday, 1 - 5 PM
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Admission: Button-Free - Donations Welcome

January 15, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
Grandes Dames of the Dunes
Speaker: The Dune Tramp
The next lecture in our At the Atwood Sunday lectures will be Grandes Dames of the Dunes, presented by The Dune Tramp.

The Dune Tramp is a part-time resident of Eastham, artist, photographer, writer, historian, lecturer, preservationist . . . and now radio personality.

Enjoy a lively narrative and extensive slideshow in the hour presentation. The Dune Tramp, an engaging writer and photographer, has captured the beauty and mystery of the outer Caper Cod dune shacks, past and present, in his previous shows. Research for these lectures revealed a fascinating matriarchical dune society, going back decades.

A variety of these strong, courageous Grande Dames of the Dunes are discussed, along with a brief history of the shacks . . . and an anecdote or two. It's an entertaining & informative presentation for all ages.
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

February 14, Tuesday, 2 - 4 PM
Atwood Valentine Tea Party
  • Festive Tea Refreshments
  • Special Treasures from the Museum and Private Collection, selected for this event
  • Wear Red;   Hats & Gloves are optional
  • Prize for the most Creative Hat
Click on the flier image to the right for final details.
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Admission: $20


February 18, Saturday, 3 - 5 PM
Chatham Remembers - Movie Benefit
65th Anniversary of the Rescue of the Pendleton
Come celebrate as Chatham remembers the events that unfolded exactly 65 years ago, on February 18, 1952.

Featuring special short documentary film made for the Chatham Historical Society.

Join us for a panel discussion.
Event Details:
When: February 18, Saturday, 3 -5 PM
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Tickets/Donation: $25


February 19, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
History of the Cape Cod Times and Evolution of the Media Today
Speaker: Paul Pronovost
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

March 16, Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Volunteer Recruitment Open House
We want YOU! It's no secret. We treasure our volunteers and their many skills. In preparing for the summer, we are looking for help with docents, welcoming visitors, and in the gift shop.

Find out more about what is available and get to know us better on March 16 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Wine, cheese, and light refreshments will be offered.

Also visit our Volunteering page to get an idea of the many interesting and rewarding positions that need to be filled at The Atwood House & Museum.

RSVP for March 16th Open House to:
Location: Atwood House & Museum

March 19, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
Antiques and the State of the Market Today
Speaker: Josh Eldred, Eldred's Antique Auction House
If you've watched the “Antiques Road Show” over time, you know how the value of antiques and collectables can change. Learn more about the current values and trends in the industry, from second generation Eldred's Antique Auction House auctioneer, Josh Eldred. Carrying on in his father's footsteps, we welcome Josh back to the Atwood House & Museum to share his expertise.
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

April 9, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
The Chatham Depot... Then and Now
Speaker: John Gulow
John Gulow will talk about the rise and fall of railroad service to Chatham, and the resurrection of the Depot Building as a museum.
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

April 30, Sunday, 2 PM and 4 PM
Special April Benefit Prequel to the June American Baroque Orchestra Concert
Musica Vera Duo - Lecture & Performance
Speakers/Performers: Mark Bailey and Kevin Sherwin
Join us for an informative musical journey through history, featuring a discussion and performance of distinctive music from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and especially Colonial America.

The Musica Vera Duo, (Mark Bailey, Baroque Viola, and Kevin Sherwin, Guitar) will provide narrative about the history of colonial and early American music, as well as the European music that influenced it, with performances of works by American colonial composers Jacob Kimball, Thomas Paine, Samuel Holyoke, William Billings as well as great European masters such as Handel, Telemann, and W.A. Mozart.

Mark Bailey and Kevin Sherwin are also Conductor and Associate Conductor, respectively, of the American Baroque Orchestra, which will be performing a “Voyage to the Colonies” concert on June 18th as part of History Weekend (see calendar item below). This lecture with musical performances will offer a special sneak peek into the summer concert.

Reservations are encouraged at
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$20 Admission - $15 for Members

May 6, Saturday, 2 PM
The Festival of Museums
The Festival of Museums is just that – a one-day celebration of Cape Cod's museums and galleries, with events throughout the day.

Visit our booth for fun and games, giveaways and items for sale, and to see what is going on at the Atwood House & Museum this year!

It will be held from 10 am - 4 pm at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, located 141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601.

See Cape Cod Museum Trail website for more details.
Location: Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Admission - Free!

May 14, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
The Story of the Lost Battalion
Speaker: Tom Baldwin
This year, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into “The Great War”. Public Broadcasting Stations has released a three-part six-hour documentary on the story of World War 1. The third segment of the documentary features an overview of the Meuse Argonne offensive that ultimately won the war. It remains as the largest military offensive in the history of the world.

Any retelling of that offensive will include the story of a group of 600 men who became known as “The Lost Battalion”. The men were surrounded for six days and nights with no rations or water. That number dwindled to under 200 men when they were rescued. Five men involved in this episode of American military history received the Medal of Honor.

Just seven years ago, an eighty-page memoir written by Battalion Sergeant Major Walter J. Baldwin surfaced. He lived through this horror of war and was Secretary of the Survivors of the Lost Battalion until his death in 1965. His son, a Chatham resident, will tell his father's story.
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

May 26, Friday & May 27, Saturday
Opening Weekend
All exhibits open to the public for the season.

Two new exhibits for 2017:
Chatham in the Military

As our Nation emerged into a United States, wars shaped not only the boundaries of territories but the spirit and culture of who we are today. Chatham, like many small early colonial towns in our country, lost many men who fought for "freedom and justice" through time. This exhibit focuses on some of our local heroes, their uniforms and military gear and how our community was impacted by the major wars.
This exhibit is proudly sponsored by The Kemper Family Foundations.

Windows Into Time - Clothing & Artifacts

Wander through the centuries exploring the development of clothing and other handmade goods in rural Northeast America. When Chatham grew from a sparsely populated farming and fishing community into a more affluent town hosting tourists from around the nation, fashion reflected the impact of increased wealth, education, transportation, and cross-cultural influences. Early settlers who had struggled to feed themselves and stay warm, were later replaced by industrious merchants selling local and imported goods, as our local community began to thrive over three centuries.
This exhibit is proudly sponsored by The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Location: Atwood House & Museum

June 16-17, Friday-Saturday
History Weekend at the Atwood
The Atwood House will be open Friday and Saturday from 1 to 4 PM, with free admission to the museum.

On Sunday, June 18th, at 2 pm, the At The Atwood Lecture Series will present “The Winged Cell Phone of Yesteryear”.
At 4 pm the Chatham Historical Society will host a fundraising concert “Voyage to the Colonies” performed by the American Baroque Orchestra (see next calendar items below).
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Admission Free - Donations Welcome

June 18, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
The Winged Cell Phone of Yesteryear
Speaker: Phil Kyle
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

June 18, Sunday, 4 PM
“Voyage to the Colonies” Concert
Performance by: American Baroque Orchestra
The Chatham Historical Society will present “Voyage to the Colonies”, a concert by the American Baroque Orchestra, featuring music of early America, including works of some of the first composers in the new United States. The event will benefit the Chatham Historical Society and the Atwood House & Museum.

“Voyage to the Colonies” ventures into the remarkable soundscapes of colonial times, showcasing hymns, dances, and songs that were adored by our founders and which permeated the colonial air. The program also features music by renowned European composers who influenced music of the time. Authentic instruments from the 1700s and 1800s are used by orchestra members.

The American Baroque Orchestra, founded in 2010, continually seeks to unlock and explore the hidden and fullest expressive potential of 17th, and 18th century musical treasures, both well-known and forgotten.

Click to view a Preview of American Baroque Orchestra's fine work.

Proceeds from this concert go directly to the Chatham Historical Society/Atwood House & Museum.

General Admission seating: $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, $15 for students.
Children age 6 and under: Free.
Limited Reserved Seating: $40 per person.
Reservations are encouraged at or 508-945- 2493.
Location: First United Methodist Church, 569 Main Street, Chatham, MA
Admission - See above

July 9, Sunday, 2 PM
Local Author Lecture
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women
Speaker: Deborah Swiss
Learn the compelling true story of survival and triumph of the human spirit as seen through the eyes of three ordinary women who led extraordinary lives and were among the founding mothers of modern Australia. Historian and Harwich resident Deborah Swiss will discuss her latest book, The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women, and share a slide presentation and Australian artifacts. Deborah has appeared on The Today Show in the United States and on ABC Radio across Australia. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

Evening to Remember
July 22, Saturday, 5:00 pm
Evening to Remember
The Chatham Historical Society’s annual summer celebration offers an opportunity to join friends for cocktails and elegant hors d’oeuvres, bid on wonderful items in the live and silent auctions, and support the Atwood House & Museum and the Society’s work Bringing History to Life.

This year we honor Barry Clifford with the Bringing History to Life Award for his research and work on the Whydah.

See details on the Evening to Remember Page.
Event Details:
When: July 16, Saturday, 5:00 pm
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Admission: $75.00 per person
Reservations and tickets are now available. Please email with your number in party, name, address and telephone number.
August 20, 2017, 3:30 PM
Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting of the Chatham Historical Society
Sally Cabot Gunning, Guest Speaker

The Annual Meeting of the Chatham Historical Society will be held at the Eldredge Public library.
Advance reservations will be allowed for members.
Location: Eldredge Public Library - 564 Main Street
Admission: Free (priority to members)

September 17, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
Celestial Navigation
Speaker: Don German
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

October 15, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
Ghosts of Cape Cod
Speaker: Bill Russo
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!

November 12, Sunday, 2 PM
At The Atwood Lecture Series
Geology of Cape Cod
Speaker: John Ciborowski
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!