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The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History presents Provincetown and the Pilgrims: From Cape Cod to Plymouth and Back with Cape Cod local author and historian, Don Wilding on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 1:00PM.
The Pilgrims are often linked to Plymouth, but their story in America began in Provincetown, and after two decades, many of them returned to the shores of the Outer Cape. Join Don Wilding during the 400th commemoration of the Pilgrims’ landing for this look back from the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower to the 1644 settlement of Nauset, as well as the story behind Provincetown’s famous Pilgrim Monument.
An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Line” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: The Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore,” and “A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod,” from the History Press.
This event is free with Museum admission.
The Atwood Museum and Hit & Run History Present DOUBLE FEATURE: The Turning Point (lecture) and Stephano (Film Sneak Preview).
Join the Atwood on January 26 for a special event double feature where we will be commemorating different aspects of the Mayflower voyage and Mayflower passengers. We will begin at 2:00PM with The Turning Point, a lecture about the crew of the Mayflower‘s decision to stop their journey south to the Hudson River and instead turn back to Cape Cod. The lecture will be followed by a brief intermission with refreshments and discussion. Once the break is over, we will settle in for the SNEAK PREVIEW of the film, Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck. The documentary follows the life of Stephen Hopkins, the only passenger on the Mayflower to have been to the New World before.
Tickets are available at the door. Doors open at 1:15PM and seating is limited. Sunday Lecture Series admission: $10 for the lecture, members are free.
Additional details on the lecture and film below.
The Turning Point: Learn about the navigational decision that turned the tide of history. It is known that the English settlers aboard the Mayflower journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean and hoped to land near the Hudson River. But, they didn’t take into consideration how dangerous it would be to get over the bars off of Chatham. The decision to instead sail back up the coast of Cape Cod changed the course of history forever. William Horrocks, our speaker, will journey deeper into the factors, charts, and deliberations that went into this historic decision.
Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck: This documentary follows the story of Stephen Hopkins, the only passenger on the Mayflower to have been to the New World before. It was filmed on location in his boyhood home of Hampshire, the beach he wrecked on in Bermuda in 1609, Jamestown, London, Cape Cod, and Plymouth. The aforementioned shipwreck became the basis of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest.
Filmmaker, documentary producer at WGBH, and Op-Ed column writer for the Cape Cod Chronicle, Andrew Giles Buckley, lives in Chatham.