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“The Greatest Beach – the History of the Cape Cod National Seashore” with Bill Burke

Program for Sunday, January 31, 2021

What you always wanted to know about Cape Cod National Seashore but were afraid to ask – or asked and never got a straight answer.  The National Seashore contains a treasure trove of historic things, including homes, archeological sites and landscapes. Bill Burke enjoys pondering the meaning of it all, and teaching as well as learning from others about our small universe of the Outer Cape. Bill’s presentation will include:  genesis of an idea, philosophy behind new parks, formation of the park, growing pains, big issues, controversies, what’s historic and what’s not, reality today, successes and failures, the future.  Following all that, Bill will be happy to field any questions you have left!

Pre-register for this program at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcequrTItGNUbWCxWEahUYOMfq4ajxFIW

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting platform will open at 9:30 for informal socializing. Program will begin promptly at 10:00.

A wash-ashore from Western Massachusetts, Bill Burke is a National Park Service employee who serves as the Historian for the National Seashore.  He has worked there in a number of roles over the past 30 years. He assists researchers and educators by providing access to the park’s collection of archives, historic photographs and objects. Bill is a native of Holyoke, MA and currently lives in Harwich. He has a B.A. in History from Providence College and a M.A. in History and Archeology from the College of Willian and Mary.