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Cape and Island Historical Association Announces Cape Cod and Plimoth Colony: A Symposium

The year 2020 is marked by many events observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Mayflower.  But the place of Cape Cod as a vital part of the Plimoth Colony is sometimes partly overlooked. This special symposium, sponsored by the Cape and Islands Historical Association, will complete this important story for this anniversary year.

Ten detailed essays written by historians, teachers, and cape authors will cover various aspects of the many roles played by Cape Cod in the early colony, including:

  • How the colony might have settled at Cape Cod instead of Plymouth
  • Early trading between native peoples and first cape settlers
  • Attitudes of the settlers as the ship approached Cape Cod
  • Mayflower families who settled on Cape Cod
  • Differences between native people’s and settlers’ ideas of land and life
  • Lesser-known cape incidents in the early Plimoth Colony, and much more…

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be William Martin, author of the historical novel, Cape Cod.

To register: Send $25 check made to CIHA, c/o: David Martin,  10 Colonial Farm Circle, Marstons Mills, MA 02648, with mailing address for the book and email address for the link.

Questions? Contact David Martin,, or call 508-527-0460.

Deadline for registration: registration should be postmarked not later than Monda,  September 30, 2020. Symposium space and supply of books are limited.


The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents Origins of the Mayflower Compact with authors and research team Francis and Dorothy Robinson on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00PM.

The Mayflower Compact planted the seeds that guided our nation on its path to a constitutional government and American democracy. The Compact evolved from centuries of English history honed by the Pilgrims’ extensive experiences in communal self-government and religious freedom.

The Mayflower Compact was important because it was the first document to establish self-government in the New World. Written and signed aboard the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor on November 11, 1620, prior to its landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts, it remained active until 1691 when Plymouth Colony became part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Francis is a descendant of Mayflower passengers, Elder William Brewster and Peregrine White. He and his wife Dorothy are the authors of Pilgrims, Puritans, and Early Cape Cod History which is also a class that Fran teaches for the Academy of Life Long Learning at Cape Cod Community College.  In addition, they have written a number of articles appearing in publications including the Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, Elder William Brewster Press, Cape newspapers, and historical societies.

The event is free with Museum admission. For more information, please call the Museum at 508-896-3867, ext. 133.

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