Press Room

Press releases and press coverage links are listed below, in newest to oldest order. If you have questions, please call the Atwood Museum, at 508-945-2493.

The mission of the Chatham Historical Society is to inform and educate present and future generations about the history and culture of Chatham and vicinity by collecting and preserving records of earlier generations and by exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts, archives and places of historical interest.

Press Coverage

July 24, 2014 – Cape Cod Chronicle

“She Helps Boost The Profile Of The Atwood House & Museum”, on page 2. Profile of Joanna Springer, the Atwood House & Museum’s administrative and programs assistant. Click here to view a copy of this article.

July 10, 2014 – Cape Cod Chronicle

Stitches In Time – Atwood House Exhibit Highlights Chatham Artist’s Embroidery Work, on page 50.
Article about artist Ann Grey and the exhibit of her embroidery work at the Atwood House & Museum. Click here to view a copy of this article.

October, 2013 – Chatham Today

Chatham Today covers the Atwood House & Museum
In October 2013, The Atwood House & Museum was featured on Chatham Today, Chatham’s own Public Access TV news chronicle. Click here for more information and to view the video on YouTube.

Sept. 22, 2011 – Cape Cod Chronicle

“Atwood House & Museum Director Wilkins To Move On To Mystic”, page 9.
Coverage of Mark Wilkins’ new job at Mystic Seaport, and review of his accomplishments during two and a half years as director/curator of the Atwood House & Museum.

April 14, 2011 – Cape Cod Chronicle

“Residents Asked To Tell Their Stories of WWII”
This story covers the Atwood House & Museum’s planned 2012 Exhibit on Chatham during World War II, and the Chatham Historical Society’s interest in hearing local residents’ stories.

Press Releases

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August 17, 2015

Danielle Jeanloz Named Executive Director
CHATHAM, MA – “Stephen Burlingame, Chairman of The Chatham Historical Society Board of Trustees, announced the appointment of local Chatham resident and business owner, Danielle Jeanloz, as the new Executive Director for the Atwood House & Museum….”

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June 1, 2013

Wood, Wind and Water: The Genius of F. Spaulding Dunbar
Special Exhibit Opening June 15th at the Atwood House & Museum
“The 2013 summer season at the Atwood House will open with a powerful exhibit chronicling yachting life in Chatham. The exhibit celebrates the extraordinary talents of boat designer F. Spaulding Dunbar, …. ”

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July 13, 2012

Chatham Historical Society Welcomes New Executive Director
CHATHAM, MA – “After twelve years as Associate Director of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Dennis McFadden will step into the Executive Director role at the Atwood House & Museum on August 13, 2012….”

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January 12, 2012

Chatham Historical Society Announces Summer of Centuries

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September 15, 2011

Chatham Historical Society Announces Leadership Transition This Fall
CHATHAM – Executive Director Mark Wilkins announced that he will be leaving the Atwood House & Museum effective October 31, 2011. Wilkins has accepted a new position at the Mystic Seaport Museum, fulfilling a life long dream to work with the organization. Although Mark’s talent and leadership will be missed, he is congratulated on this new opportunity to take the next step in his career.
The timing of this change will occur just after the Museum discontinues regular hours for the season on October 8th. Through the fall and holiday season, however, several weekend events are planned. The Museum will also continue planning for key events in conjunction with the Chatham 300 celebration in 2012. For the latest news, please visit the Atwood House & Museum website at and watch for event announcements in the local media.

Operations and Museum affairs will continue normally through the winter, while a search is conducted to identify and appoint a new professional Executive Director. Effective November 1st, questions or concerns should be directed to Executive Board Chair John King, until a new Executive Director or interim Director is named.

About the Atwood House & Museum:

As stewards of the regions’ history and culture, the Atwood House & Museum – home of the Chatham Historical Society – strives to educate, inform and enlighten the public, bringing attention and enthusiasm to the Cape Cod community.

John King, Executive Board Chair
(508) 945-2493

May 20, 2011

The Raptor’s Eye: The Natural World of Robert Verity Clem
Special Exhibit Opening June 14th at the Atwood House & Museum
The summer season at the Atwood House & Museum will open with a special exhibit commemorating the life and work of artist Robert Verity Clem, who died in 2010.
A Chatham local for more than 60 years, many knew Bob Clem as a man that cared deeply about the wild and natural world, but few knew him for his artistic skills. Bob’s watercolors captured the undisturbed beauty of the natural world expertly through his artistic vision, scientific precision, and true passion as a painter of birds in their natural surroundings.

Co-sponsored by the Chatham Conservation Foundation, the upcoming exhibit will honor and preserve the memory of Bob Clem by exposing visitors not only to his art, but also to the man and the poignantly beautiful Chatham environment that inspired him. One corner of the gallery will house a reconstruction of his studio, including the actual drawing board on which so many of his masterworks were created. A model of his loved wooden double-ender boat will be also on display, along with many other artifacts such as his signature hat, paintbrushes, and the binoculars he used so often to observe nature quietly from afar.

The three major themes explored in the exhibit are conservation, raptors and shorebirds. On display will be large-scale paintings, such as Clem’s “Island Three,” an iconic scene with playful crows donated by the Chatham Conservation Foundation to honor his legacy. Also at the core of the exhibit will be numerous other works courtesy of private collections, and smaller paintings and studies that lend insights into his process and compositional approach. All of the works chronicle Clem’s artistic development and thematic scope, and focus on his time living and working in Chatham.

The exhibit will run for two years, and includes an exciting supplemental educational program in partnership with the Massachusetts Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Highlights include “Birding in the Footsteps of Bob Clem,” a tour through the dunes, beaches and tidal flats to view the habitats that inspired Bob, “South Beach Birding,” a guided boat shuttle to see tens of thousands of migrant shorebirds roost and feed, and “Beach-tastic Birds,” a family-friendly game and storytelling hour held at the Museum itself.

Alongside the Clem presentation is the second and final year of Chatham to China: Acculturation, Encounter and Trade, an experiential exhibit exploring the travel and trading activities of Chatham sea captains during the 1800’s. The Atwood House & Museum is located at 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students; members and children under 6 are free. Seasonal hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 508-945-2493, or visit

About the Atwood House & Museum:
As stewards of the regions’ history and culture, the Atwood House & Museum – home of the Chatham Historical Society – strives to educate, inform and enlighten the public, bringing attention and enthusiasm to the Cape Cod community.

Tracy K. Anderson
(508) 364-0850
[email protected]

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Atwood Museum
347 Stage Harbor Road
Chatham, MA 02633