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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. 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.





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.

The Plymouth Rock Legend: Myth or Reality?

Thomas Prence, A Consequential Link

The Sparrow-hawk and the Pilgrims

The Nefarious Deeds of Captain Thomas Hunt

The Unheralded Role of Capt. John Smith

Plymouth Colony: Legends, Lore, and Fact

When Plymouth Almost Moved to Nauset


Congregation Beth Jacob has prepared a video depicting the history of Jewish Plymouth and the activities of their Temple over the past 111 years. To view the video, please click here.



Learn about the Eastham 400 Commemoration by visiting their website at






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:




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.


Three Visitors to Early Plymouth, edited by Sydney V. James, Applewood Press – features first-hand accounts.

Mourt’s Relation, available in public domain, published in 1622. This is Edward Winslow and William Bradford’s report on how the settlement was doing.

Plymouth Colony – Its History and People, 1621-1691, by Eugene Aubrey Stanton. A good reference with bios of notable Pilgrims.

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. Makes history reading easy.

Visit the Plymouth Public Library and Boston Public Library websites for downloads and more information.

Website: Plymouth Colony Archives Project – University of Illinois.


*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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