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Plymouth 400’s deep and diverse network of Organizational Partners, Business Partners, and committee members offer great educational resources to learn about our rich history. From fun activities for children and families to advanced reading materials for adults, we have something for everyone! Get started right here on the Plymouth 400 website by entering our Postal Artwork Contest or learning more about Wampanoag history through the Plymouth 400 “OUR”STORY exhibit. Below is a partial list of resources with links to learn more. This list will be updated frequently so please check back.*


Barnicle and Husk are the stars of the children’s books Barnicle and Husk: The Adventure Begins for ages 7-11, and the Barnicle and Husk: The Beginning, pre-reader by Mary Shields. The first of a historical book series, the chapter book provides an educational and accurate platform to teach children about American history and Wampanoag culture. The book includes a detailed glossary and a native impact statement by Linda Jeffers Coombs, Aquinnah Wampanoag Historian.

Visit for fun educational materials for children ages 3+, including:

  • A free 10-minute Barnicle and Husk movie
  • Free educational activity sheets
  • Learn about Plymouth’s historic landmarks on our “History Hunt” page!
  • Download a 73-page PDF of Barnicle and Husk: The Adventure Begins (Book One), for just $2.99
  • Download a free PDF of Barnicle and Husk: The Beginning pre-reader
  • Sign up to receive our newsletter and be the first to preview chapter one of Book Two!


Visit The Mayflower Society website for educational materials, including:

  • The Pilgrims: Here, we share some backstory on the Pilgrims, including a list of the Mayflower passengers who left descendants; if you can provide documentation that you are descended from one of these names, you are eligible to join the Mayflower Society!
  • Children on the Mayflower: This includes a list of the children who came over on the Mayflower and left descendants.
  • Pilgrim History: More about the Pilgrims’ origins.
  • Notable Descendants: A list of famous folks who are proven descendants of Mayflower passengers!
  • Dress Like a Pilgrim: So you want to dress like a Pilgrim? This resource provides examples of how the Pilgrims actually dressed (not all in black and white!) along with links to find similar clothing and videos with instructions on how to create your very own Pilgrim attire.
  • Resources: Do you believe you may be descended from a Mayflower passenger? This page lists several resources that can help with your research.
  • Join: For those who have done their research, compiled their documentation, and are ready to join the Mayflower Society, this page details how to do just that!
  • Patriot to Passenger: Descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots may also have a Mayflower Pilgrim in their family tree; this project seeks to help these descendants find their Mayflower link.


The Plymouth Public Library website,, provides remote access to all of their databases. You can also send requests by email to

VISIT NEW ENGLAND is an online travel guide to New England. The site includes home pages for Massachusetts and every New England state.

This blog post on the Plymouth Tapestry project at Pilgrim Hall Museum was recently featured on the website.


Plimoth Plantation is bringing history into your home with a range of online programs and resources for families and individuals – from their new History @ Home™ live virtual visits with Plimoth educators to coloring pages for children and their Interwoven podcast series.  To view their virtual offerings, visit


Pilgrim Hall Museum is the nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum and houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions. Their website features online learning activities for students in grades 6-12.


Did you know that over 30 boys and girls were passengers aboard the Mayflower in 1620? All of the historical Mayflower kids will be featured in an upcoming Pilgrim Hall Museum exhibit with a recreated image to represent each individual. Your challenge is to create your own photo portrait of a boy or girl who sailed across the Atlantic in 1620! Your portrait will become part of a digital collection to be launched this summer as our contribution to Free Fun Fridays. The challenge is open to any kid who wants to participate! To sign up, see our easy-step guidelines:

Five Easy Steps to Join the Challenge:

1.  Select a Mayflower kid to represent. Choose a boy or girl whose age in 1620 is close to your own! Click here for a list of Mayflower children and their ages. You can also look up details about your passenger at Caleb Johnson’s

2.  Research a 17th-century style costume that you can recreate using materials at home. Visit our Historypin collection for examples of how kids dressed in 1620 or do additional research on your own.

3.  Have your photo taken against a plain background, like an empty wall or plain sheet. Be sure to focus clearly! Full-length pictures are fun to try, but include a half-length or head-and-shoulders shot, too.

4.  A parent or guardian needs to do this next step: review our terms of agreement before uploading the submission. It says that by submitting photos, you agree to allow the Museum to add the images of your child or legal ward to our digital collections and use them for exhibition, catalog, and related media purposes.

5.  Submit up to three photos of at least 300 dpi to by June 30th, 2020. Tell us which Mayflower child you are representing; your name, age, town and state; who took the picture and the date it was taken. We will create an online exhibit to launch at on Friday, August 7th, in honor of Free Fun Fridays. Selected images may also be featured in upcoming Pilgrim Hall Museum exhibitions and related materials.


Visit to view a map and gallery of more than 3,000 modern Mayflower descendants from around the world. You’ll also find authoritative, in-depth biographies of the Mayflower passengers and crew, the latest scholarship on the Mayflower journey, pilgrims, and the Wampanoag nation — including a gallery of Wampum belts and an explanation of their importance in Wampanoag culture and tradition — a historical timeline of events, and many more Mayflower family history resources.

Here are a few ways you can mark the Mayflower 400th anniversary — find out more on our website:


  • Submit an essay to win a cash prize (for Massachusetts middle and high school students)
  • View a gallery of Wampum belts, and learn about the history of the Wampanoag
  • Discover which passengers and crew lived through the first winter, who stayed in America, and who went back home
  • Learn how to confirm your own Mayflower or Native ancestry
  • Discover how you can search millions of Mayflower genealogical records in the world’s largest online Mayflower database
  • Watch how-to videos and webinars that can help you explore your Mayflower family history research



Visit PACTV’s library of Plymouth 400 Commemoration videos on YouTube.


The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, MA was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown on November 11, 1620. President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone in 1907.  President William Howard Taft dedicated the finished 252-foot tower on August 5, 1910, the anniversary of the day the Pilgrims set sail for America. Click the link to learn more about the Pilgrim Monument.


Ron Petersen’s column in the Cape Codder newspaper tells the Plymouth 400 story with a focus on the links to “the land they called Nauset” at the elbow of Cape Cod. Click the links below to view recent articles.


Congregation Beth Jacob has prepared a video depicting the history of Jewish Plymouth and the activities of their Temple over the past 111 years.



Learn about the Eastham 400 commemoration by visiting the Eastham – The First Encounter website.

Check out their News & Videos. 

View their Image Gallery. 


The Sowams Heritage Area Project covers the 17th-century history of Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts which includes the Pokanoket Tribe and their history. Their website features more than 100 pages, many with links to other relevant sites:


To mark its own “golden anniversary” in 2019, Fuller Craft Museum presented “Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty,” a dazzling exhibition about the world’s most beguiling metal. Take a virtual tour.


The Self Guided Tour of Plymouth, a book by L.J. Dunham, features all of the historic sites in Plymouth along with history and directions.  It’s available via email for a brief time at the wholesale price of $12. Please email for more information.




Advance Copy Offer to June 1st

To commemorate the Mayflower arrival and Plymouth 400 – you are invited to order an advance copy of “Duxbury: Our Pilgrim Story – a 2020 Perspective”.

Published by Duxbury 2020, Inc., Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, and the Alden Kindred of America this collection of essays is about early leaders and Mayflower passengers who settled “Across the Bay” in Duxbury.

Two years in the making, twelve local historians have put forth new perspectives. Our authors include Tony Kelso, Patrick Browne, James Baker, Monty Healy, Sheila Lynch-Benetton, Paula Peters, Tom McCarthy, Alicia Williams, Peggy Baker, Carolyn Ravenscroft, Stephen O’Neil, Muriel Cushing, and George DeLano.

Details BELOW (lower right on the flyer) for ordering advance copies.  An Advance Offer of $20.20 (plus tax and shipping) is available by check payable to Duxbury 2020 and sent to PO Box 2407, Duxbury MA 02331. Beyond 02332 and 02331 shipping is  $4.95. Sales tax only applies to Massachusetts residents

Online orders start June 1 at $25.95.

Yours, in History….

Duxbury 2020 Authors and 2020 Board of Directors


Discover the world of the famous Pilgrim couple in this video featuring the new archaeology exhibit, “In Small Things Remembered: A New Look at Mayflower Passengers John and Priscilla Alden,” at Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Generously sponsored by the Duxbury Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the video captures highlights of this extraordinary collection, uncovered at the Aldens’ original homesite in 1960 with new research by the University of Massachusetts-Boston.



These videos, produced by Plymouth 400 in collaboration with PACTV, provide highlights of the rich arts community and recreational opportunities, museums and historic houses, and the historic and inspirational statues and monuments located throughout Plymouth County.





The following reading suggestions may be able to be accessed through the Plymouth Public Library website at for remote access of all their databases. If you have questions you can email the library at as they have staff monitoring and responding to email inquiries.

Many of the books can be purchased on Amazon, as well as other sources.



· Good News from New England, edited by Kelly Wisecup

· Of Plymouth Plantation, edited by Caleb Johnson (also includes Mourt’s Relation)

· The Cry of a Stone by Robert Cushman

· Three Visitors to Early Plymouth, edited by Sydney James

Mourt’s Relation, Edward Winslow

Plymouth Colony – Its History and People, 1621-1691, by Eugene Aubrey Stanton



· Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

· Original Instructions: Indigenous Teaching For A Sustainable Future by Melissa K. Nelson

· Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke

· This Land is Their Land – The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman

· Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Lisa Brooks

· Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronin



· A Little Commonwealth by John Demos

· Creatures of Empire by Virginia Anderson

· Debts Hopeful and Desperate by Ruth McIntryre

· Making Haste from Babylon by Nick Bunker*

· Mayflower Bastard by David Lindsay

· Memory’s Nation by John Seelye

· One Hundred & Eleven Questions & Answers Concerning the Pilgrims by William Muttart and Linda Ashley

· Plymouth Rock History and Significance by Rose Briggs

· Thanksgiving Primer, Plimoth Plantation

· Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience by Melanie Kirkpatrick

· The Illustrated Story of How the Mayflower II was Built by Stuart Upton

· The Mayflower and Her Passengers by Caleb Johnson*

· A Guide to Plymouth’s Historic Old Burial Hill by Theodore Burbank

· Plymouth Then & Now by Dan Rapoza

· Plymouth MA: A Scavenger Hunt (The Look Book: Family Fun For Everyone!) by Barbara Tibbetts




· A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz

· A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558 – 1603 by Maggie Secata



· Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England 1558 – 1689 by John Coffey

· Protestant Empire: Religion and the Making of the British Atlantic World by Carla Gardina Pestana

· The First Prejudice: Religious Toleration and Intolerance in Early America, edited by Chris Beneke and Christopher Genda

· Visible Saints, The History of a Puritan Idea by Edmund Morgan



· Death by Petticoat by Mary Theobald

· Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen



Mayflower History by Caleb Johnson

Pilgrim Hall Museum

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project

Iconography Podcast

History of Massachusetts

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah


*Please note: the views expressed at the websites above do not necessarily reflect those of Plymouth 400, Inc., the staff, or Board of Directors.

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