Symposium on the 1918 Attack on Orleans

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Date(s) - May 17, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Snow Library


On July 21, 1918, a German submarine, the U-156, surfaced off of Nauset Beach and shelled the tugboat Perth Amboy towing four barges with their families and crews. Several shots fired from the U-boat also hit the Orleans shore, making Orleans the only place on US soil to receive enemy gunfire during World War I.  The story of this attack is fascinating, complex, compelling, surprising and filled with tales of bravery, mystery, and resiliency. Local historians from the Orleans Historical Commission, Historical Society, and the French Cable Station will discuss the attack, its context, and its significance. A view of what Orleans was like in 1918 will also be presented.

Symposium on the 1918 Attack on Orleans
737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
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