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Conference – Four Nations Commemoration, 1620-2020: The Pilgrims and the Politics of Memory

The international Leiden Mayflower 400 conference at Leiden University will challenge the Anglo-American approach which has so often dominated the popular narrative of the early colonization of North America and prioritize a “four-nations” approach to include Native American and Dutch perspectives.

Taking the Mayflower anniversary as starting point and central concern, this interdisciplinary conference seeks to interrogate the myths, power-bases, mobility, and knowledge production of colonial pasts through three distinct but related strands:

  • Contesting memories and commemorations
  • Colonialism, migration, and indigenous impact and resistance
  • The production of knowledge, print culture, and national myths

The confirmed keynote speaker is Francis J. Bremer, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University, and internationally-renowned Puritanism scholar and coordinator of the website New England Beginnings.

Preservation Massachusetts is excited to partner with Plymouth as our host city and for learning, sharing and broadening our preservation community in Massachusetts! With the 2020 commemoration of Plymouth 400 just around the corner, it is a perfect opportunity to learn about preservation, community, advocacy, history, and more in America’s Hometown.

Preservation Massachusetts and our partners are excited to bring the 2019 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference to Plymouth. The conference will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019, at the Hotel 1620. This biennial statewide conference is an important opportunity to bring together those involved with preservation, community, advocacy, and history to learn, share, mentor, and network. The theme of the 2019 conference is “Untold Stories in Preservation” — we will examine the ways in which historic preservation can reflect the many histories encapsulated within our communities and how those stories are interpreted and presented. The conference will include a mix of tours, panel discussions, case studies, and other educational sessions, along with networking opportunities, resource and information tables and a closing reception.

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