When Pres. John F. Kennedy established the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961, it was acclaimed as the “finest victory ever recorded for the cause of conservation in New England.” When erosion and overdevelopment threatened the Cape, the idea of a national seashore took hold, forever protecting this treasured place. The park preserves 44,000 acres of forest, marsh, bog, and ponds, and a 40-mile stretch from Provincetown to Chatham, which Henry David Thoreau called the “Great Beach.” Unlike other national parks at the time, the Cape Cod National Seashore was created from a combination of private, town, state, and federal lands. Cape Cod National Seashore: The First 50 Years captures the political drama of the creation of this extraordinary seashore. Images detail an early Native American presence and the romance of whaling, shipwrecks, lighthouses, windmills, and dune shacks.
About the Author
Daniel Lombardo has been the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater dramaturg and literary manager since 2005. He is a writer and theater director and has worked on many television and film projects as a research consultant. He is the author of 10 books, including Wellfleet: A Cape Cod Village.
Table of Contents
1 Wilderness and the First Peoples 11
2 The Romance of Old Cape Cod 17
3 The Loss of Innocence 35
4 Prelude to Cape Cod National Seashore 41
5 John F. Kennedy and the Cape Cod Model 47
6 The Early Years of Cape Cod National Seashore 61
7 Beaches and Lifeguards 73
8 Rangers and Specialists in the Field 81
9 Growing Popularity and Growing Pains 97
10 The Next 50 Years 115
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