Program Tonight

The Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit


Shipwrecks Along the Cape Cod Coast
Greg Ketchen, President, Coast Guard Heritage Museum
August 15   |  Cotuit Library  |  7 PM
The outer coast of Massachusetts has been called the Graveyard of the North Atlantic, with more than 3,000 shipwrecks off Cape Cod since European sailors began exploring the Western Hemisphere.. The earliest recorded wreck was that of the Pinnace Sparrow Hawk in 1626.. Many wrecks followed, particularly in the 19th century, as commercial sailing vessel traffic peaked along our coast.  Advances in modern navigation, weather forecasting and vessel technologies have not eliminated the risks, evidenced by the grounding of the cruise ship Royal Majesty off Nantucket in 1995 and the fast ferry Iyannough in 2017 as it approached Hyannis Harbor. Navigational errors, extreme weather, equipment failures and human error are some of the causes. The Wydah, HMS Somerset, Pendleton, City of Columbus, Argo Merchant, Andrea Doria, and Norwegian Majesty are just a few of the marine accidents in our local waters that have shaped life-saving innovations in rescue equipment and operations. Greg Ketchen is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain living in Osterville. He is currently serving as the president of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, located in Barnstable’s Old Custom House.

Free Fun Fridays

Free Fun Friday: The Big Red House with the Blue Trees

Friday, August 16, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Free Fun Fridays comes to the Cahoon! Stop by the Museum for a fun day of activities and art. To kick off the day, from 11:00am – 12:30pm, steel drum instructor Amy Hughes and her students will play away and lead a drum stick making craft activity.  At 12:00pm, Puppet Man will appear for an hour and from 1:15 to 2:15 Bubble Man will delight us with his giant, floating, magical orbs under the Blue Trees in the Museum’s yard. Admission is FREE for all!

The Museum will be open for free all day from 10:00am – 4:00pm. View the current exhibitions, Exquisite Shells: The Art of Sailors Valentines, Valerie Hegarty: Secrets of the Sea, Selections from the Permanent Collection, and The Blue Trees. Explore the Family Room and learn about why the trees are blue and take a minute to cool off.

Free Fun Fridays are sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation and offers visitors no-cost admission to 100 of the most treasured cultural institutions in Massachusetts. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free.

Check out the full schedule HERE


Annual “Kids Day” Wednesday

On Wednesday August 14th the Barnstable Police Department along with the five Town of Barnstable Fire Departments will be hosting the Annual “Kids Day” at the Barnstable High School from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. This event will allow children of all ages to see demonstrations, equipment, and vehicles from several different police and fire departments. K-9 demonstrations, helicopters, and SWAT demonstrations are just a few of the things kids will be able to view. Enjoy a hot dog and soda, followed by an ice cream cone, all donated by local businesses. Everything is FREE at “Kids Day”. A parade starts the day’s events at 10:00 am.