Featuring rough-cut footage from the Henry Beston documentary film, now in production!
Every Thursday, July 2 through Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m.
Eastham Historical Society's 1869 Schoolhouse Museum, Nauset Road (across from the Cape Cod National Seashore's Salt Pond Visitors Center, near Route 6, Eastham, Mass.
Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m.
Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St., Hyannis, Mass.
Monday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.
Thornton Burgess Society's Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, Mass.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St., Winchester, Mass.
what they're saying
about Don Wilding, the Beston
and the lectures
||"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!"
"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.
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 much 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,
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
-- 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
"Thank you so much for taking the time to share your deep knowledge of "The Outermost House" with our (coastal ecology) class. Our walk with you added another layer of understanding to the students' reading of Beston, and underscored the dynamic nature of life on the Great Beach. I can't wait for the film!”
- Brett Amy Thelen, Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, N.H.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call