History

A Homecoming to Remember

By Brenna Collins | July 19, 2021

The intricate restoration of America’s most famous ship, the Mayflower II, and its journey back home to Plymouth. On April 20, 1957, Mayflower II set sail from Plymouth, England to Plymouth,…

The Cod-ification of the Cape

By Chris White | July 19, 2021

In an early chapter of the epic novel “American Gods” Neil Gaiman relates the story of a ship of sailors from the “Northlands” who set out on a voyage in…

History of the Cape Cod Baseball League: The Sons of Summer

By Joe O'Shea | June 15, 2021

Unlike Brooklyn Dodgers fans, whose connection to their “Boys of Summer” is wistful, baseball fans on Cape Cod have a very vibrant, active relationship with their “summer sons,” the rotating…

The Lighthouse of Hyannis Port

By Chris White | May 17, 2021

One of the Cape’s most iconic lighthouses stands not upon the dunes of the National Seashore but at a bend in the road in Hyannis Port, standing watch over the…

Town Profiles

By Cape Cod Life Publications | March 15, 2021

Sites to See and Places to Be Across the Cape and Islands Upper Cape: Bourne • Sandwich • Falmouth • Mashpee Bourne Bourne Village  • Bournedale • Buzzards Bay Cataumet…

Home is Where the Health Is

By Chris White | March 2, 2021

Cape Cod Healthcare: from dire beginnings to an essential present. On October 2nd, 1920, Cape Cod Hospital first opened its doors to the public. According to hospital archives, “Members of…

The Eye of the Universe

By Chris White | November 19, 2020

Imagine a world in which the wealth of the richest towns and cities revolves around the pursuit and hunting of giant, living creatures. Ships set forth on voyages lasting for…

Cape Cod Kitty Hawk

By Chris White | September 21, 2020

Before people began to take flying machines—and even space bound shuttles and rockets—for granted, the innovations in flight fascinated much of the globe’s population. People had dreamed of flying, perhaps…

The Great Blue Way

By Elizabeth Shaw | August 20, 2020

Author Sue Mellen takes a look at the thriving theater community across the Cape & Islands in her new book. Imagine, the curtain has just closed, the immensely talented actors…

“The way it used to was”

By Charlotte Russell | August 20, 2020

Restaurateur and art collector Anton ‘Napi’ Van Dereck told the story of Provincetown through art and food This summer in Provincetown is bittersweet. Beloved legend Anton ‘Napi’ Van Dereck passed…

Endless Summers at Craigville Beach

By Kevin Shortsleeve | July 2, 2020

Some moments in a family’s history are especially significant, shaping the family’s destiny and reverberating through generations. For my family, my dad’s arrival at Craigville Beach in the fall of…

Gunkholing: Some “Best Of” Days

By Brian Shortsleeve | July 2, 2020

In this issue of Cape Cod Life my younger brother, Kevin, has written a fine article about our family’s memorable times at Craigville Beach and Old Craigville Village. I mentioned…

A Century and Counting

By Allyson Plessner | July 2, 2020

Celebrating 100 years in Craigville, one family looks back on their treasured memories with a book filled with history, nostalgia and joy. Who among us is not intimately familiar with…

A Letter to Papa on the Cape

By Sarah Mirabile | July 1, 2020

We received this lovely letter from a young woman who is currently living in Switzerland with her husband. We thought her thoughtful memories of times together captured the emotions associated…

Grist for the Mill

By Chris White | April 29, 2020

Every spring, for thousands of years, the sites of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum have hosted a collision of natural…

Gunkholing: We Had A Party In His Honor

By Brian Shortsleeve | April 20, 2020

In February, if my father was alive, he would have turned 100-years-old. Several of us, starting with my nephew Chris Miller and my brother John, decided we should have a…

Cape Cod Cowboy: General Leonard Wood

By Chris White | March 16, 2020

Pocasset was the influential childhood home of one of America’s most accomplished figures who was present at some of the country’s most memorable moments. The cowboy is one of America’s…

400 Years in the Making

By Brenna Collins | March 16, 2020

Take a trip back in time to the event that shaped our nation, and commemorate those who came before us Four centuries ago, 100 souls endured a two-month journey across…