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Join best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin as he chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from its beginnings with the Pilgrims and early explorers to the advent of the conservation movement in the late 19th century in a slide-illustrated talk.

Driven by the demands of fashion and sparking intense competition, the fur trade helped shape the course of American history, spurring exploration, settlement, and growth of the United States while fueling wars and alternately enriching and damaging the lives of Native Americans.

Dolin’s book “Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America” was chosen one of the best nonfiction books by The Seattle Times and the Rocky Mountain Land Library in 2010 and won the James P. Hanlan Book Award given by the New England Historical Association in 2011.

Dolin is the author of numerous award- winning books about American history. His talk is supported in part by the Duxbury Cultural Council and the Alden Kindred of America.

Join the Alden Kindred of America’s 120th Virtual Annual Reunion, July 31 & August 1, 2020.

Enjoy history, kinship, and fun as you share the momentous 400th-anniversary celebration with Alden family and friends.  This two-day reunion will be held as a virtual event, live-streamed via Zoom. Registration is required. Experience an exciting history reenactment, enjoy a history symposium with Alden scholars and genealogists sharing the latest discoveries, and take a virtual tour of Alden House. The Zoom registration links for Friday and Saturday events are included on the tickets. Tickets are available here.


2020 Alden Reunion Schedule

Friday, July 31,  2020     

1:00 pm – 3 pm  2020 Alden History Virtual Symposium. Join Alden historian Tom McCarthy, genealogists Alicia Crane Williams and Christopher Lee, and the Alden archaeology exhibit curator Stephen O’Neill for presentations about Alden House, recent archaeology research, and the Alden legacy.  These presentations are featured in a new book “Duxbury 2020: Our Pilgrim Story,” published by Duxbury 2020.  The symposium will be broadcast through Zoom.  The book is a collection of commemorative essays by historians and local scholars and will be available for purchase online.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

10:30 am.  Alden Kindred of America Annual Meeting.  (Reports will be emailed to members registered for the meeting.)  The meeting will be broadcast through Zoom.

Noon – Take a tour of Alden House and the Alden First Site with one of AKA’s expert guides.

2 pm  “Priscilla:  Imagining the Voice of  Pilgrim Mother.”  Actress and history presenter Diana Dunlap brings the Alden matriarch and celebrated Pilgrim maiden back to life in this dramatic one-woman presentation. The program will be broadcast virtually through Zoom.

Exhibit Hours:  Tuesday-Sunday:  11am-4pm (Closed Mondays)

The Alden Kindred of America is creating a permanent archaeological exhibit about historical icons and Mayflower Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden, based on new scholarship that brings to light their lives in 17th century Duxbury against the backdrop of Plymouth Colony.

The nationally significant artifacts, unearthed in a dig of the first Alden home site in 1960 by historical archaeologist Roland W. Robbins, include household materials, personal items, rare armaments, and tools, along with Native American artifacts. Most of the artifacts have never been shown before. A recent analysis of the recovered ceramic artifacts sheds new light on the Aldens’ everyday lives and a rare glimpse of the world of 17th-century women in Plymouth Colony.

As part of the original agreement with the Mayflower’s investors, the Pilgrims were awarded grants of land in Plymouth Colony seven years after the voyage. In 1628, the Aldens and other Mayflower families moved to their lands located north of the Plymouth settlement (now Duxbury). There they built homes, farmed, and raised their children. This first Alden House in Duxbury, occupied between 1630 and 1680, was dismantled by the Aldens and rebuilt about 300 yards to the west (the current Alden House).


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