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The Beston Society will provide lecture presentations free of charge to libraries, schools, historical societies, other educational institutions, and non-profit groups and organizations on Cape Cod, in Eastern Massachusetts and Worcester County in Massachusetts.
A minimum donation of $150 is requested for organizations on Cape Cod, in Eastern Massachusetts and Worcester County in Massachusetts. For areas outside of Eastern and Central Massachusetts, please email email@example.com for details.
Those interested in a lecture / slide presentation should e-mail The Henry Beston Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where we've been ...
Past Beston Society lecture/screenings and events
Asterisk (*) indicates lecture. Rough-cut documentary film footage screenings have been part of the lecture program since 2011.
CAPE COD, MASS.
Cape Cod National Seashore, Salt Pond Visitors Center, 2008, 2011, 2018 (February and July)*
Cape Cod National Seashore, led Beston / Outermost House-oriented walks at Coast Guard Beach, 2003 (CCNS), 2014 (Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire); June, July & August 2018 (Harwich Conservation Trust / Eastham Conservation Foundation).
Eastham Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Dinner, 2014*
Eastham Senior Center, 2014, 2016*
Eastham Historical Society, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (summer residency and single presentations to Tahanto Regional High School, Boylston, Mass.)*
Eastham Public Library, 2006, 2013, 2015 (Outermost Inspirations exhibit talk) *
Nauset Fellowship (Universalist / Unitarian) of Chapel in the Pines, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2014.*
Eastham 350th Anniversary celebration, 2001.*
Performance of Marvin Einhorn as Henry Beston in Cynthia L. Cooper’s script of Beston’s book at Chapel in the Pines, 2003.
Booth at Eastham Windmill Weekend, 2004-08, 2011
The Inn at the Oaks for a literature class from Penn. State University, Nov. 2011. *
Captain’s Quarters in North Eastham for tourist group from Georgia, 2012. *
Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary 2003.*
Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, part of special birthday party for Henry Beston, featuring Outermost House audio book narrator Brett Barry and Beston biographer Daniel Payne, 2008.
Wellfleet Historical Society (at the Wellfleet Public Library), 2009.*
Cape Cod National Seashore, Marconi Beach — for Tahanto Regional High School (Boylston, Mass.).
Truro Library, North Truro, 2008, 2016.*
Special 40th anniversary celebration of The Outermost House being dedicated as a National Literary Landmark, at Provincelands Visitors Center at Race Point, Cape Cod National Seashore. Featuring actor Marvin Einhorn as Henry Beston in Cynthia L. Cooper’s script of Beston’s book.
Seashore Point, 2012,* 2015*
Provincetown Public Library, 2014*
Nauset Heights Association, East Orleans, 2004.*
Nauset Community Education (three one-hour evening sessions held at Nauset Middle School), Summer 2014. *
Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary (Orleans branch) at Church of the Holy Spirit, 2016 *
Chatham Historical Society, 2007.*
Chatham High School, 11th grade honors English class, October 2011, March 2012, October 2012, April 2013, November 2013.
Eldredge Public Library, 2013. *
Chatham Orpheum, Rough cut screening of footage from the Henry Beston’s Cape Cod documentary film, 2014, 2016.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016* (lecture on Sept. 12, 2008 was a feature of the exhibit, A Sense of Place: The Works of Beston, Hay and Finch, which was a joint effort between the Beston Society and the museum and ran from May through December 2008; lecture on May 21, 2016 was part of the 20th annual Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium)
Brewster Ladies’ Library, 2004, 2012, 2017.*
Brewster Men’s Club, 2007.*
Cape Cod Sea Camps, 12th annual Leadership Weekend (for school teachers), 2009.*
Eighth grade class of Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School, Coventry, Conn. at Cape Cod Sea Camp (May 2004-07) *
Epoch Senior Center, 2004, 2005.*
Harwich Council on Aging -- Men's Breakfast (May 2018), Women's Breakfast (July 2018)
Harwich Conservation Trust at Harwich Community Center, 2016 *
Harwich Historical Society , 2004.*
Rosewood Manor, West Harwich, 102nd birthday for Helen Chalke (widow of Coast Guard officer Effin Chalke, who is mentioned in The Outermost House), 2009.
Brooks Free Library, Harwich, 2013 *
Cape Cod Museum of Art, 2007.*
Dennis Public Library, Dennisport, 2007, 2013.*
South Dennis Free Library, South Dennis, 2008.*
Dennis Memorial Library, Dennis, 2014 *
Mayflower Retirement Community, West Yarmouth, 2007.*
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth at Old Yarmouth Inn, 2012. *
South Yarmouth Public Library, 2014 *
Cultural Center of Cape Cod (for the Cape Cod Film Society), 2016 *
Thirwood Place, South Yarmouth, 2017 *
Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, 2006, 2007.*
Cape Cod Writers’ Center at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis, 2006.*
Tales of Cape Cod, West Barnstable, 2004, 2016.*
Barnstable Senior Center, Hyannis, 2003, 2013.*
Cotuit Library, Cotuit, 2008, 2014.*
Osterville Free Library, Osterville, 2009, 2014. *
Booth at Cape Cod Maritime Festival, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis (2005, 2007)
Sturgis Library, Barnstable, 2012. *
Hyannis Public Library, 2015 *
Mashpee Public Library, 2014*
Thornton W. Burgess Society, 2002, 2014, 2015.*
Sandwich Council on Aging, 2018 *
Sandwich Glass Museum (Talk of the Town Series), 2018 *
Bourne Newcomers & Neighbors, 2017 *
Woods Hole Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, 2003.*
Falmouth Public Library, 2013*
Encore of Falmouth Newcomers (at First Congregational Church of Falmouth), 2018*
Plymouth Public Library, 2014*
Mitchell Memorial Club (for the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association), 2016 *
Mansfield Council on Aging, 2014*
Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 2013. *
Abington Public Library, 2016 *
Athol Public Library, 2014 *
Emerson College , 2006.*
Tahanto Regional High School, 2013.*
Bridgewater Public Library, 2014.*
Brookline Adult Education, 2015 *
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 2014*
Paul Pratt Memorial Library, 2013.*
Thoreau Society, 72nd Annual.Gathering, 2013*
Dover Town Library , 2014*
Foxborough Historical Society, 2012 *
Framingham Public Library , 2013 *
Carmel Terrace , 2013 *
Hingham Public Library, 2014*
Holliston Public Library, 2014 *
Bancroft Memorial Library, 2016 *
Hudson Public Library, 2014*
Ventress Memorial Library, 2014*
Maynard Public Library, 2014*
Milford Town Library, 2014*
Cornerstone at Milford, 2014*
Morse Institute Library, 2014 *
Newburyport Film Festival, The Screening Room Theater (rough cut screening of film), 2014
Newton Free Library , 2013 *
Norfolk Public Library, 2014*
North Attleboro Historical Society, 2013*
Northboro Free Library, 2014, 2017*
Norton Public Library, 2014*
Norton Institute for Continuing Education, 2014 *
Thomas Crane Public Library, 2013 *
Raynham Historical Society, 2014 *
Sharon Adult Center (at the Community Center), 2013 *
Somerset Public Library, 2014*
Southboro Public Library, 2013 *
Randall Library, 2014*
Uxbridge Free Library, 2015 *
Walpole Public Library, 2014 *
Corbin Public Library, 2013 *
Wellesley Free Library, 2016 *
Westfield Athenaeum, 2017*
Weston Senior Citizens Club, 2005.*
Winchester Public Library, 2016 *
Hawthorne Hotel, 2003 annual meeting of Annie’s Book Stop owners *
Salem Athenaeum, 2015 *
Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, 2004.*
National Literary Landmark dedication for Henry Beston’s Chimney Farm at Nobleboro Grange. Sponsored by Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association and the Nobleboro Historical Society, 2009.
Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library, 2003.*
Weaver Memorial Library, 2018 *
North Kingstown Free Library, 2018 *