April 22, 2021, 5pm

Preserving History in Orleans - Notes from the Trenches

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.
About the speaker:
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.
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