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Cape Cod: An Environmental History of a Fragile Ecosystem

Lecture

John T.Cumbler Author of

Cape Cod: An Environmental History of a Fragile Ecosystem

Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 1pm        

 Free with Museum Admission

Cape Codders have experienced significantly different Cape environments over the last 300 years.  Much of the difference resulted from Cape Codders themselves using the land and sea to support themselves and their families and to pass on something to the next generation.  How those Cape residents used the resources available to them significantly affected what kind of Cape Cod was available for future generations.

This presentation will look at how Cape Codders have used the Cape's environment and how that has changed over the last 300 years. From an understanding of that past it is hoped we might be in a better position to leave to future generations a Cape that is both loved and worthy of that love. Book signing to follow the presentation.

John Cumbler is a recently retired professor at the University of Louisville and spends half the year in Wellfleet, MA. He is the author of numerous books, including “From Abolition to Rights for All: The Making of a Reform Community in the Nineteenth Century” and “Reasonable Use: The People, Environment, and the State, New England, 1790-1930”

 For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.