Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Three Centuries of the Cape Cod County : featured library resource for March 2015

We are adding to the collection a gift volume published in 1985 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Barnstable County.  Entitled Three Centuries of the Cape Cod county : Barnstable County, 1685-1985, it includes a short section on the historical roots of Barnstable County, but also writes about its present day institutions from a historical perspective.  Each article is by a different contributor, presumably an authority in the area being discussed.

The book covers county services, socio-economic activities (agriculture, politics, transportation, tourism, etc.), and intellectual and cultural activity. There is a speculative essay about the future, interesting to review nearly 30 years on.

There are four appendices:

  1. County officials
  2. Organizations (yes, we are listed)
  3. Chronology of Cape Cod Libraries (begins with Brewster Ladies Library, 1853)
  4. Profiles of Cape Cod Towns
Old and recent photographs are included in a section in the middle of the book, and there is an index (in which I find no mention of oysters!)

If you are interested in background information on Cape Cod institutions, this book would make a good starting point. Come to the Genealogy Room and have a look-see!

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