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Living in the bounds of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Published: Mon June 19, 2006
By: Straight Dope

By DOUG FRASER | Cape Cod Times

The Cape Cod National Seashore was intended to be a haven from development, a time capsule of what the Cape looked like in 1959, right down to the occasional cottage dotting the sweeping, virtually unbroken vistas.

But a chronic lack of funding has limited the park’s ability to enforce its own regulations, and most of the six towns within the park have zoning bylaws that are not sufficient to protect it. Park officials and others worry that expansion of the 589 existing private homes and the potential for development will…

Gay and Lesbian history on display at Provincetown Library

Published: Tue May 30, 2006
By: Straight Dope | By Steve Desroches

A pair of boots owned by the first woman Army surgeon, old pulp fiction novels of same-sex love affairs and love letters between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas are just a few of the items featured in an exhibition of gay and lesbian historical artifacts now at the Provincetown Public Library.
Photographic panels from the archives of the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library are on display until Thursday, June 8. The exhibit offers a unique look into the Hormel Center collection, one of…

The Pilgrim's first winter

Published: Thu April 27, 2006
By: Straight Dope

Here’s an interesting article found at about the Pilgrim’s first winter in Provincetown.

It tells how the Indians were very generous.

Excerpt: About 90 Indians arrived to share in the feast. That the Pilgrims numbered only about fifty must have given the Pilgrims some serious inward concern, but the Indians themselves showed their friendship and sincere intentions by contributing five deer as venison.


"Professor" George Washington Ready's Provincetown Sea Serpent

Published: Thu April 27, 2006
By: Straight Dope

I just found a story about this Provincetown legend. Here is an excerpt from

--- “Professor” George Washington Ready of Provincetown hid behind a sand dune and watched the monstrous creature rise out of the surf. It shot up geysers of spray, fifty feet high!

It was 300 feet long, more or less! Had a head as big as a 200-gallon cask! Six eyes, “as large as good-sized dinner plates,” that rose from the body and oscillated forward and aft and to port and starboard! ---

Now go to Capelinks and…

(Note: All text scanned from ceremonial programs dated August 20, 1907.)

Order of Exercises for Laying of the Corner Stone of the Pilgrim Memorial Monument

1st A Committtee consisting of the President of the Pilgrim Society, the Governor of Massachusetts and the Chair-man of the Selectmen of Provincetown, to meet the President

of the United States as he lands at the dock at 10.45 A. M.

2nd Procession from the dock to the place of ceremony on Town Hill.

3rd Prayer.

4th Masonic Ceremonies by Grand Lodge of Masons…

1907 yacht race trophy Lipton Cup discovered in Provincetown

Published: Tue March 14, 2006
By: Straight Dope

By Steve Desroches

Like some sort of mythical artifact, the famed Lipton Cup sat deep in a vault in town hall, unseen for so many years that some in Provincetown wondered if it was lost forever. But yes Provincetown, there is a Lipton Cup.

Taken out of a safe in the town clerk’s office and sent to Boston to be appraised and polished, the prize and pride of the town is on permanent display at the Provincetown Public Library.

“The goal was always to have something this wonderful on display for the public,” said…

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