A leading expert on traditional cultural properties will speak Monday night at Cape Cod Community College about a proposal to recognize Nantucket Sound as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Thomas King of Silver Spring, Md., is the co-author of the National Park Service’s “Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties.”
The National Park Service is waiting for a formal request from U.S. Minerals Management Service before it decides whether the Sound is eligible as a traditional cultural property. Once it receives the request, the Park Service has 45 days to make a decision.
The Mashpee Wampanoag and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) made the original request for a review of the Sound’s eligibility, citing oral traditions that indicate their ancestors used the area before it was submerged and its continued importance for their spiritual and religious beliefs.
The move could further delay the proposal by Cape Wind Associates LLC to build 130 wind turbines there.
Monday’s presentation will run from 7 to 8 p.m. in the college’s Tilden Arts Center, followed by a question-and-answer period. A reception beforehand starts at 6 p.m.