Join us monthly as Protect Our Past brings to our members compelling topics around the importance and the challenges of protecting our past.
April 22, 2021, 5pm -  
Preserving History in Orleans - Notes from the Trenches
Lecturer: Ron Petersen, Historian, Writer
Orleans Massachusetts is a town with a rich history dating back to early colonial times and before. Our heritage is well reflected in our "built environment", the many structures still standing that represent one or more of the threads or periods of our history. Sadly, we are losing these treasures at an alarming rate through demolition. This presentation will illustrate our rich history, our historic streetscapes, what we have lost, and the steps that the Historical Commission is taking to try to stem the tide.
Ron Petersen is the Chair of the Orleans Historical Commission where he has served for seven years. He also served on the Orleans Community Preservation Committee, as co-chair on the Orleans Historical Markers Committee, and chair of the “Attack on Orleans” committee, commemorating the 1918 U-boat assault on Orleans. He writes a monthly column in the Cape Codder newspaper on regional history and historic preservation, and has lectured throughout Cape Cod on local historical topics.
May 13, 2021, 5pm - 
Lecturer: Craig Chartier, Archeologist
Join us to learn about what's being uncovered at the Nickerson dig in Chatham.
Craig Chartier is a career archeologist and is currently managing the dig at the Nickerson property in Chatham.
June 17, 2021, 5pm - 
Lecturer: Nils Bockmann, Author, Peleg Nye, The Jonah of Cape Cod
Using the captain's log from the whale ship on which Peleg Nye was First Mate, Bockmann will talk about Peleg’s ship’s location, and what was happening aboard the ship in June 17 of 1864 and 1865 — and in the Civil War at that same time. Serving on a whaler was always dangerous, but the war made it even more so.
Past Lectures
December 12, 2020, 5pm
Sedge Holm, 68 Shell Drive, N. Chatham - Transition from Farmhouse to Summer Home
Lecturer: Josh Smith, Professor, United States Merchant Marine Academy
January 14, 2021, 5pm - Video Recording on You Tube
Why Is It So Hard To Save Historic Chatham?
Lecturer: Tim Wood, Editor, The Cape Cod Chronicle
February 18, 2021, 5pm -  The Deadly T2 Tanker:  The Loss of the Pendleton and Fort Mercer
Lecturer: Josh Smith, Professor, United States Merchant Marine Academy
March 18, 2021, 5pm - Protect Our Past: From Chandigarh to Chatham
Lecturer: Gunny Harboe, Architect, POP board member