Orleans Historical Society to Celebrate ‘The Outermost House’

ORLEANS – The Orleans Historical Society will mark the 90th anniversary of the publishing of The Outermost House, the book chronicling Henry Beston’s time in a 20 x 16 house on the dunes of Eastham.

The organization is putting the “Outermost Inspirations” series, a group of multi-media, multi-venue sessions aimed at celebrating the natural beauty of Cape Cod.

The Orleans Historical Society will have an exhibit running from mid-July to mid-August featuring new works by national and area artists that capture the beauty of our surroundings.

The group is also inviting the public to come watch artists as they work from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on July 26. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 after the painters are finished.

Henry Beston expert Don Wilding will lead a discussion on Beston’s experiences on Cape Cod on July 26 at 7 p.m. Wilding will explain how the Outermost House influenced the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore and inspire the American environmental movement.

Wilding is the author of two books on Beston and is the co-founder of the Henry Beston Society.

The Outermost House was washed away in the Blizzard of ’78.

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