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Talk and Slideshow: David Donovan “Henry Beston and the Outermost House”

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

National Park Ranger David Donovan spent the last summer as an interpretive ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore, join him at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. as he speaks about one of the Seashore’s noted residents, naturalist and author Henry Beston and Beston’s book “The Outermost House.”

“The Outermost House” is considered to be one of the formative works of today’s environmental movement and “is one of the reasons that the Cape Cod National Seashore exists today,” according to former Massachusetts governor, Endicott Peabody. The house was a 20’x16’ cottage on the dunes, two miles south of the Nauset Coast Guard station in Eastham, Massachusetts. Beston planned to spend two weeks there in the September of 1926 and instead spent the next year there writing about the world that surrounded him. Beston then spent each day writing the book long hand on his kitchen table overlooking the ocean. Donovan will speak about Beston’s life and his time spent on the coast of Cape Cod.

Donovan is a career biology teacher, who spent seven years as a seasonal interpretive ranger in Acadia National Park, before spending the summer of 2017 on the Cape Cod National Seashore. For many years, he has been a gallery guide at The Harvard Museum of Natural History, where he specializes in the interpretation of the Ware Collection of Glass Plants. In addition, Donovan has led “Winter among the Trees” educational programs at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum.

For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.


March 15
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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(207) 288-4245


Jesup Memorial Library
(207) 288-4245