Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Henry Beston's Cape Cod

The Bridgewater Public Library will host Don Wilding on Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m.. Don will present “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: Inspiration for a National Seashore”.

Wilding is the co-founder of the non-profit Henry Beston Society on Cape Cod and author of the book, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod. The book was published in 2003, shortly after co-founding the nonprofit Beston Society with his wife, Nita, and published in a new edition in July 2013.

Henry Beston’s book, The Outermost House, was written in 1927 after Beston spent a solitary year in a 20 X 16 foot cottage on Eastham’s outer beach. The Outermost House is now considered an American classic on the level of the works of Thoreau, Muir and other noted nature writers, and was cited as a major influence on the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961.

Wilding’s presentation includes over 100 slides of Beston and his famous cottage, along with footage from the documentary film project. The program tells how the Quincy native, still shaken by his experiences as an ambulance driver in France during WWI, took to writing fairy tales and eventually found the peace of mind he was looking for on Cape Cod’s outer beach. In doing so, he not only found himself as a writer, but the National Park Service later used The Outermost House to cite why the Outer Beach of Cape Cod should be preserved as a National Seashore.

Wilding will be available to sign copies of his book, along with copies of the DVD, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: Meditations of the Outer Beach. The DVD, a fundraiser for the documentary film project, includes samples of interviews and scenic footage that have been gathered so far.

For more information on the Beston Society, visit www.henrybeston.org.

This program, which is funded by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, will be held in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

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