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“Rum Running on Cape Cod” Free lecture by Don Wilding

April 10 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am


Nauset Newcomers presents a Free Lecture on Wednesday, April 10th at the Wellfleet Cinema, Refreshments at 8:30am; Lecture 9:45-11am.

During the era of Prohibition (1920-1933), rum running was big business on Cape Cod. Farmers and fishermen of the Cape took to the seas, heading offshore to “Rum Row” to bring the criminal yet coveted alcohol to the mainland under cover of darkness, while the possibility of being caught by the Coast Guard was always present. Busy harbors and remote estuaries, many of which are now popular tourist destinations, were all game for bringing the contraband ashore, while local law enforcement officials often turned a blind eye. Join Cape Cod historian Don Wilding for this comprehensive look at how “the Noble Experiment” turned into a profitable and potentially dangerous undertaking for many of the Cape’s residents.

Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word for two decades. An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for over 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore,” and “A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod,” from The History Press. Don has also been an instructor of Cape Cod history courses for the Open University of Wellfleet and Nauset Community Education.


April 10
8:30 am - 11:00 am
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Nauset Newcomers


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