WOMR – How we started, how we’ve grown, and where we’re headed
With WOMR Board President Ira Wood
Back in 1976 a small band of radio visionaries was inspired to create an independent station in what many considered the outermost reaches of the contiguous United States, Provincetown, Massachusetts, a small fishing village with a notorious reputation for freedom. Today that freedom is alive and well on the air-waves and WOMR (Outer Most Radio) is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful community stations…defined as radio that is non-commercial, locally oriented, programmed, and supported. While the national media has become corporatized and pre-packaged for mass audiences, WOMR remains the voice of our unique corner of the world, dedicated to creating community through media. Whether you listen to the news on Fridays, jazz in the afternoon, or the Grateful Dead at night; whether you’re a connoisseur of the opera or a fan of our great local bands, WOMR reflects your life because the DJ’s are your neighbors. Come listen to our story.
Surrealism, abstraction, Bauhaus typography, and modernist ideas in general found their way into post-war, American pop culture by way of newly arrived refugees in need of work. In the 1960s, even Saturday-morning television cartoons such as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show served up avant-garde graphics and surreal plot lines, alongside a sly running commentary on cold war paranoia.
Peter McMahon, curator of The Children's Room, will explore this historical moment with special attention to Wellfleet’s mid-century writers and illustrators who produced over 200 ground-breaking books for children.
Peter McMahon is the Founding Director of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, incorporated in 2007 to archive, restore and celebrate the Outer Cape’s outstanding modern architecture and the creative culture that surrounded it. He is co-author, along with Christine Cipriani, of the award winning book, Cape Cod Modern. His design practice in South Wellfleet focuses on sustainable, modern architecture and restoration of mid-20th century buildings, and his summer house in Wellfleet has been published in House Beautiful Magazine and the book Outside Architecture.
Sometimes it feels like time buries the past; resurrecting it can be a joyous, consciousness-changing celebration of who we are and where we've come from.
And so on June 8, 7:30 pm, join Seth Rolbein and friends at the Wellfleet Public Library to explore one way that we might bring Welfleet's amazing past back to the surface, and into the present:
Can we, should we, select some of the great archival photographs at the Historical Society and Museum, locate where the photographer took the image decades and generations ago, and find a way to mount and display these old photos at that very spot, along our modern streets and ways, so people can compare then and now?
We'll talk through the idea, whether it's feasible, explore strategies --- and of course take a look at some of the great old photos that could find their ways to our streets and become part of this new outreach.
Biology and Natural History of River Herring
Barbara Brennessel will describe the biology and natural history of river herring. The talk will also emphasize the historical importance of these fish, as well threats to their survival, as they journey from the ocean to freshwater spawning areas, and back again. Brennessel will describe how volunteers help to assess the size of a local herring run. She will describe a case study on restoration of river herring habitat, which will focus on a major project in the Cape Cod National Seashore: the Herring River in Wellfleet.
History of New England Fishing Industry and the 1st Sharpshooter Schooner
The Etta G. Fogg, the first Sharpshooter Schooner was commissioned by the Wellfleet Captains Society and built in Essex, MA in 1857. It set the style of the fishing schooners for the New England fishing industry in the late 19th century. Dan will outline the history of the fishing industry, high ship models and a very strange ghost story.
The Last Patrol
Going to war is confusing, but it’s nothing compared to trying to come home again. In an effort to figure out why war is so hard to give up, two combat vets and two longtime war reporters set out on a journey, on foot, through a country they no longer felt part of. Sebastian Junger will take us on that journey. The Last Patrol is the only film on this topic that actually makes people laugh.
Revisiting Cold War Espionage: What Do We Know Now?
Rarely in history has the intelligence factor played such a prominent role—and rarely has public controversy over espionage been more intense. Were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg guilty of treason and deserving of the death penalty? Was Alger Hiss truly a Soviet spy? Thanks to the painstaking work of various scholars and the release of many Cold War documents, we are now in a far better position to assess questions of this sort. This talk will explore a wide range of intelligence issues in light of these newer findings.
A Slice of Boston History:
Curious Tales from the Annals of the Omni Parker House
What do Boston Cream Pie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Parker House Rolls, Emeril LaGasse, Mark Twain, Malcolm X, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and John F. Kennedy have in common? Find the answer by joining Susan Wilson, House Historian of the Omni Parker House, for a slideshow-lecture from her delightfully anecdotal and lavishly illustrated new book, Heaven, By Hotel Standards.