The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies was founded in 1975 by Charles Atkins “Stormy” Mayo III (pictured); his wife, Barbara Shuler Mayo; and Graham Giese. The center’s headquarters are at 115 Bradford, but it is out on the waters of the Gulf of Maine and here at the Hiebert Marine Laboratory that its core work is done. The building opened in 1967 as St. Peter’s Parish School, fulfilling a dream of Msgr. Leo Duart, pastor of St. Peter the Apostle. Given rising costs and a diminishing Portuguese-American population, the parochial school lasted only four years. The building was leased and then purchased by the town, Steve Roderick said, which used it in turn as an elementary school, junior high school, and high school annex. It was sold to the center in 2005, then completely renovated by Douglas Dick of LDa Architects and rededicated in 2007 to honor Ruth Hiebert and her father, Dr. Daniel Hiebert.
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