WFL scrimshaw

“Becalmed and Homesick: The Heart of Scrimshaw” is the title of the first talk in the West Falmouth Library’s new virtual series “Quintessential Cape & Islands.”

West Falmouth Library, in partnership with the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, will present “Becalmed and Homesick: The Heart of Scrimshaw,” a Zoom program, on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 PM. The program will be presented by the museum’s education coordinator, Mary Everett-Patriquin.

This program is the first in a spring and summer series of virtual programming curated by the library called “Quintessential Cape and Islands.”

Suzy Bergmann, development and community programs director at the library, explained the program as a way for people to learn more about the area: “For those of us who were born here or have relocated here, this region is deeply embedded in our hearts and souls. ‘Quintessential Cape & islands’ focuses on the history of many of the things that make it unique.”

The cost for all programs in the series will be $8 each. To purchase via PayPal, credit or debit card, visit the library’s website.

Scrimshaw was a unique maritime craft of the 19th century, made using the teeth of sperm whales. For the April 14 program, attendees will learn about how scrimshaw was made, the variety of forms it took, the origins of its decorative motifs and the lives of the men who made it.

Mary Everett-Patriquin holds a master’s degree in anthropology and museum studies from Arizona State University. Her last position was as assistant director of a small museum and archaeological site in Phoenix. After moving to the Cape she started as the Cape Cod Maritime Museum’s education coordinator in May 2019.

Upcoming programs in the series include a talk on May 4 titled “The Evolution of the Cape Cod House.” It will be presented by Martha’s Vineyard architect Patrick Ahearn at 7 PM.

A talk on May 19 at 7 PM will discuss the famed Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. On June 9 at 7 PM there will be a talk on “Thoreau’s Cape Cod,” illustrated by photographer Scot Miller.

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