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Episode 4 of our Plymouth 400 CONVERSATIONS series will be presented in two 15 minutes segments.

Guests:  Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle, authors of In the Wake of the Mayflower

In 2019, Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle joined their love of history and art in their book In the Wake of the Mayflower. The book was launched with the timing of the 400th Commemoration of the landing of the Mayflower on Cape Cod. It is scheduled for a second printing in 2021 for the 400th Commemoration of the First Thanksgiving in 1621. The book has also been requested to be translated into Dutch.

In 1994, Rinaldo, also an artist, received a commission for “The First Thanksgiving – 1621,” a painting that was unveiled at Pilgrim Hall Museum in 1995 and exhibited at Plimoth Patuxet Museums for more than 20 years. It is currently on loan at the Museums on the Green in Falmouth, MA.


Guest: Jayne Talmage, author of Duxbury – Our Pilgrim Story – A 2020 Perspective

A Duxbury resident for over 40 years, Jayne Talmage has had a life-long interest in New England History and architecture. She is the Executive Editor of Duxbury – Our Pilgrim Story – A 2020 Perspective.

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

Two years in the making, twelve local historians put forth new perspectives. Readers will discover new artifacts from a 1960’s dig at the Alden House Historic Site, follow Native American paths through Duxbury’s Town Forest, and learn the centuries-old politics surrounding the Old Burying Ground, and more.

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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