Join us for the Episode Five of our Plymouth 400 CONVERSATIONS series on PACTV (Plymouth Area Community Television)! The program will air on March 25th and April 1st at 7:30PM on Comcast channel 13 and Verizon channel 43 in the towns of Plymouth, Duxbury, Kingston, and Pembroke. After the program airs, you can view the episode here.
Our guest for Episode 5 is D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the founding genealogical institution in America. The NEHGS serves more than 350,000 members in 139 countries and millions of online users with 1.6 billion records at AmericanAncestors.org.
Simons will discuss the book, Of Plimoth Plantation by William Bradford: The 400th Anniversary Edition, published by the NEHGS and The Colonial Society of Massachusetts.
This edition of Bradford’s famous history is presented as part of the observation of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Plimoth Colony in 1620. Made from a new transcription of the original manuscript, with annotations that incorporate recent information and interpretations, this version of Bradford’s magnum opus includes an introduction that brings together Native and non-Native commentators as well as an appendix that presents Bradford’s later Hebrew exercises.
Simons has played a central role in the Pilgrim Quadricentennial commemorations as Vice Chair of the Plymouth 400th Anniversary State Commission, by appointment of Governor Charles D. Baker, a board member of Plymouth 400 Inc., and, at American Ancestors, as publisher of a host of 400th-anniversary themed books, including the 400th anniversary of William Bradford’s journal – in conjunction with the Colonial Society – and The Mayflower Descendant journal. In April 2021, he will honor former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major in an exclusive online event commemorating the Plymouth 400th anniversary.