Exterior view of the Atwood House in Summer

Annual Meeting

THURSDAY September 14, 2023 AT 5:00 PM

Annual Meeting has been rescheduled with new special guest speaker, Bob Staake

The Chatham Historical Society will be hosting its Annual Meeting on Thursday September 14. After a brief business meeting discussing the museum’s 2023 Centennial year and the induction of new members into the Board of Trustees, there will be a keynote address by renowned local artist and illustrator, Bob Staake.

The meeting will also highlight plans for the coming year at the Atwood Museum, home of the Chatham Historical Society.

This event is free and open to members and the general public. Online registration is required.


Annual Meeting Agenda 2023

Changes to the Board of Trustees

Our Organization in 2023

CHS Treasurer’s Report

2022 Annual Meeting Minutes

Current Bylaws

Atwood House Annual Meeting

Get to know this year’s speaker:

Bob Staake

In a recent online interview, Drawn.ca suggested that “to say Bob Staake is just an illustrator is like saying ‘The Beatles’ were just a bunch of musicians; the title doesn’t do the artist justice.”

One of the nation’s most prolific illustrators, his clients have included The New Yorker, TIME, McDonald’s, Vanity Fair, Amtrak, Young & Rubicam, American Express, Sony, United Airlines, Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated For Kids, Ralston Purina, Hallmark Cards, Kenner Toys, US News and World Report, Fortune, The Washington Post, AT&T, Sega, TWA, Dr.Pepper, The Chicago Tribune, Good Humor, Warner Books, Kellogg’s, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting, The Wall Street Journal, AOL/Time Warner, Forbes, Simon and Schuster, The Ren and Stimpy Show, MAD, USA Today, Children’s Television Workshop, Blockbuster Video, The Walt Disney Company, Anheuser-Busch, Doubleday, Klutz Press, Hershey’s, Target Stores, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fleishman-Hillard, DMBB, and countless others.

Staake’s November 17, 2008 cover of The New Yorker entitled Reflection commemorating Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first African- American president was named by TIME as #1 in their list of 10 Top Magazine Covers of 2008 dubbing the image “beautifully rendered” and “simply spectacular” — in fact, it is the most popular New Yorker cover of all-time according to NewYorkerStore.com.

He has authored and/or illustrated over 75 books, including The Donut Chef, Bluebird, Bugs Galore, Hello Robots, Look A Book, This Is Not A Pumpkin, Pets Go Pop, and others. The New York Times named his book ‘The Red Lemon’ one of the 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2006.

Staake’s children’s books have been translated into over 12 languages around the world

In 2014, Staake starred in a national TV commercial and ad campaign for Intel. The commercial also featured animated characters from Staake’s My Pet Book that seemed to fly off the pages.

He lives in Chatham, Massachusetts in a 200-year-old house on the elbow of Cape Cod. Staake’s 3-story Main Street studio, which he designed, is featured in the January/February 2008 issue of I.D. (International Design) Magazine.