"Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps."

Henry Beston's Outermost House- Photographic Exhibit and Gallery Talk

Dennis Public Library~ Saturday, June 24th at Noon


This photographic exhibit of ten framed images honors Henry Beston, and his iconic book, The Outermost House. The chapters in Beston’s memoir follow the seasons, describing the forces of nature he experienced during those months. Each of the ten images was selected to bring one chapter of the book to life.

The photographs were captured along The Great Beach - Beston’s playground, and in Eastham, not far from where the Outermost House once stood. The title of each picture was composed using Beston’s poetic words and phrases from the respective chapter. The exhibit will be on display starting May 13th at 11:00am. It will close with a gallery talk on June 10th, where the Dune Tramp, Robby McQueeney, will discuss each photograph, and read passages from The Outermost House, which correspond to the images. 

Thoreau's Cape Cod

West Dennis Graded School House- Saturday, April 29th at 2:00


The Dennis Libraries present "Thoreau's Cape Cod." Between 1849 and 1857 Henry David Thoreau took four walking tours of Cape Cod. His Book Cape Cod is a genial and observant journal about Cape Cod's human and natural inhabitants in the mid-nineteenth century. Anne Speyer, director of the South Dennis Free Public Library, will host an interactive program on Cape Cod in Thoreau's time and now. How has this unique spit of land changed- or not changed- over the past century and a half?

Anne Speyer, an omnivorous reader, taught high shcool English for 30 years and has been the director of the South Dennis Free Public Library for more than 11 years.