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Upcoming lectures

Featuring rough-cut footage from the Henry Beston documentary film, now in production!

Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, Mass.

Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Dover Town Library, 56 Dedham St., Dover, Mass.

Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Don Wilding of the Henry Beston Society will be the guest speaker for the annual meeting of the Eastham Chamber of Commerce at Karoo Restaurant, North Eastham.

Friday, May 9 at noon
Invitation-only program for the Hingham Public Library's Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at noon, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham, Mass. Some free tickets may be made available (details TBA).

Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
Milford Public Library, 80 Spruce St., Milford, Mass.

Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m.
Plymouth Public Library, 132 South St., Plymouth, Mass.

Wednesday, May 21
Private hike with Coastal Ecology students from Franklin Pierce University at Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore.

Thursday, May 29 at 2 p.m.
Dennis Memorial Library, 1020 Bass River Road, Dennis, Mass.

Tuesday, June 24 at 1 p.m.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St. (Rte. 6A), Brewster, Mass.

Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m.
Eastham Historical Society Schoolhouse Museum, Schoolhouse Road & Nauset Road off Rte. 6 (across from the Cape Cod National Seashore's Salt Pond Visitors Center)

Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass.

Friday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Osterville Free Library, 43 Wianno Ave., Osterville, Mass.

Monday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Somerset Public Library, 1464 County St., Somerset, Mass.

Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m.
Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass.

Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.
Thornton Burgess Society, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, Mass.

Friday, Sept. 12 at noon
Mansfield Council on Aging, 255 Hope St., Mansfield, Mass.

Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Hudson Public Library, 3 Washington St., Hudson, Mass.

Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow, Mass.

Friday, Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Eastham Council on Aging Center, 1405 Nauset Road, North Eastham, Mass.
(Please RSVP at 508-255-6164)

Watch Don's slide lecture/documentary film footage screening
in Foxboro, Mass. from March 2012, courtesy Foxboro Cable Access

Here's what they're saying …

about Don Wilding, the Beston Society
and the lectures …

lecture1.jpg (42830 bytes) "I left marveling at how much Beston's book has both shaped and expressed my experience of the Cape these more-than-forty summers I've been coming here. After your contextualization, the images and quotations in the pre-production video became a meditation on this awesome natural place and our place in it. I left feeling like I'd been to church--something I sometimes miss as a preacher myself!"
--Jack Lohr

"I want to thank Don Wilding of the Henry Beston Society for coming to Tahanto today to share his presentation on Henry Beston's Cape Cod. Our students were able to learn so much more about one of America's greatest writers and naturalists than they could have by just reading the book. I was particularly touched and motivated by the portions of the presentation that illuminated Beston's compassion towards his fellow man. If any of you get the chance to meet Don, or read his book, or see his presentation, I highly recommend you do." -- Peter Doherty, English Department, Tahanto Regional High School, Boylston, Mass., October 2013

"The preview of the Beston documentary that you are working on really sparked the students' interest. How wonderful to see the students so excited about Beston and what he represents to Cape Cod and naturalists and environmentalists everywhere." -- Elaine Aschettino, English teacher, Chatham High School. Don Wilding of the Beston Society presented his slide lecture/documentary film footage screening to her 11th grade honors class in March 2012.

"Your slide show was beautiful and your talk was filled with important information regarding our natural environment, and one person's will to make nature a priority in a busy world. I know that those who attended the talk found it inspirational and worthwhile, because they told me so."
-- Jane Cain, Southborough Public Library, Southborough, Mass. September, 2013

The Henry Beston Society ... keeping Mr. Beston's wonderful lessons alive."
-- Endicott Peabody, Jr., October 2004

“Don Wilding knows more about Henry Beston than Henry Beston did ..."
-- The Cape Cod Voice, 2001

"I was told of your excellent program, and engaging energy and refined knowledge. The attending Ranger expressed her pleasure in your program, your kindness, and of the large number in attendance, 166! I extend to you our gratitude for your expertise in subject and presentation. Having quality speakers and topics are the keys to any lasting program. You have added to that tradition."
-- Robert McCormack, Cape Cod National Seashore, following lecture with Don Wilding and Beston biographer Daniel Payne, July 2011.

"Thank you for such an enjoyable and informative evening on the "Life of Henry Beston and the Outermost House." I received many compliments on your presentation. The visual and audio effects were terrific!"
-- Lucy Buckley, Wellfleet Historical Society, 2009

"Your program on Henry Beston was super! We are now muchlecture2.jpg (18584 bytes) better acquainted with H.B. Thank you! I am delighted to be a member of your Society."
-- George F. Dow, Nobleboro (Maine) Historical Society, August 2004.

"Your knowledge of the subject and clear love of Beston as a writer was very much in evidence and I heard many people say how much they enjoyed it."
-- Jim Coogan, Tales of Cape Cod, July 2004

“One of the largest crowds we've ever had for a program ... it was very well received. Thank you so much for your time and expertise."
-- Sharon Sullivan, Truro Library, March 2008

"The program ... was wonderful at pulling together the various topics and making the story local and relative to everyone in the audience. The video interviews were fantastic and have provided a great record of this significant event."
-- Sue Haley, Cape Cod National Seashore, on the "Blizzard of '78" program, February 2008

lecture3.jpg (48085 bytes)I would like to thank you for the wonderful presentation . I have heard a lot of positive response from it. We also love the book ("Henry Beston's Cape Cod.").
-- Gail Molloy, Cotuit Friends of the Library, March 2008

“Don Wilding of the Henry Beston Society ... put on a very interesting multi media show complete with the voices of Henry Beston, and Harvey Moore, who built the cabin for Henry. We were pleased to see that many people who had not attended the supper came to hear the speaker because of the interesting subject. A wonderful event.”
-- The Eastham Historical Society, October 2005

“Thanks so much for the excellent lecture. It was wonderful to get the ‘inside scoop’ on Beston and his ill-fated house on the beach -- such great photos and audio clips.”
-- Todd Gernes, Emerson College, Nov. 2006

“The feedback ... has been overwhelmingly positive.”
-- Ken Goodale, Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School, Coventry, Conn.

“Thanks so much for the wonderful lecture and slide show at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Everyone really enjoyed it. Your passion for Henry Beston and The Outermost House is evident and the presentation that you've put together is impressive!”
-- Gina Hebert, Woods Hole Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass.

Policies regarding Beston Society lectures, effective Nov. 7, 2013

The Beston Society will provide lecture presentations free of charge to libraries, schools, historical societies, other educational institutions, and non-profit groups and organizations on Cape Cod, in Eastern Massachusetts and Worcester County in Massachusetts. Donations are greatly appreciated to offset our costs.

A minimum donation of $100 is requested for organizations on Cape Cod, in Eastern Massachusetts and Worcester County in Massachusetts that do not have non-profit status or operate for educational purposes. For areas outside of Eastern and Central Massachusetts, please call (508) 246-7242 for details.

Those interested in a lecture / slide presentation should e-mail The Henry Beston Society at henrybestonsociety@yahoo.com or call (508) 246-7242.


P.O. Box 407, North Eastham, MA 02651. Phone: (508) 246-7242.
E-mail: henrybestonsociety@yahoo.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Nita Wilding, Don Wilding, Jon March,
Robby McQueeney, Bob Seay, Tim Sweeney, Glenn Mott, Sheila Mott.


The Henry Beston Society, Inc., unless noted.



Beston Society co-founder Don Wilding tells the story of how the author of The Outermost House became the spiritual father of the Cape Cod National Seashore.




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