"Our"Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

This interactive exhibit shines a light on pieces of history that had a significant impact on the Wampanoag tribe, their relationship with the Mayflower Pilgrims, and the founding of Plymouth Colony; cornerstone events that shaped America’s earliest beginnings. 

"Our"Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History will be expanded each year leading up to 2020 with additional pieces of Wampanoag history, and will travel throughout the region. The exhibition is currently on display at the Weymouth Public Library Tufts Branch, located at 46 Broad Street, Weymouth, MA 02188. For Library hours, click here.


Chapter 1. Captured: 1614

"Captured: 1614" tells a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday, Thanksgiving.

The first chapter of "Our"Story details the 1614 kidnapping of twenty Wampanoag men from Patuxet, the Wampanoag village that eventually became Plymouth Colony, by European explorers who planned to sell them and the additional seven Natives taken from Nauset on Cape Cod as slaves in Spain. Only one of the Native men is known to have returned home: Tisquantum,who came to be known as Squanto, who was able to communicate with the Pilgrims and even taught them important lessons for surviving in their unfamiliar New World.


Chapter 2. The Messenger Runner

The Messenger Runner will add new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s historic traditions and territory. Visitors to the exhibit will learn about how members of the Tribe were chosen, based upon their endurance and their capacity for memory, to run to neighboring villages and territories to deliver essential messages. 

Tell us YOUR message to the world! Tweet @Plymouth_400 using #TheMessengerRunner.





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Exhibit Media: 
Captured 1614: Introduction