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A Rededication of the Pilgrim Mother Fountain by the Daughters of the American Revolution will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:00AM. The event is open to the public and Daughters from across the country will attend the ceremony.

During the Continental Congress of 1920, the Daughters of the American Revolution voted to present a monument in memory of the Pilgrims and in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.  In the next two years, funds were raised and an architect and sculpture were secured. In 1925 the fountain was dedicated.

In 2019, the VanBuren Administration of the Daughters of the American Revolution secured the funds and with the assistance of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Skylight Studios, conservation and restoration of the fountain were completed in honor of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower and the women who were on board.

The rededication will be held at the fountain site on the corner of Water Street and North Street in Plymouth, MA.

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.

Southampton’s Mayflower Maritime Festival, presented by Mayflower 400 UK,  will deliver three days of memorable cultural, heritage and maritime activity, promoting the city’s pivotal role in the Mayflower’s journey and its wider maritime heritage.

Highlights will include the unveiling of the renovated Mayflower Memorial, a parade of sails featuring local boats, newly-commissioned musicals at the Mayflower Theatre, and exhibitions at historic buildings including Tudor House and God’s House Tower.

You’ll be able to see the Wampum belt at the SeaCity Museum and a range of displays and activities at the National Oceanographic Centre, with content from the Maritime Archaeology Trust.

The Association of Sail Trading Organisations will be in port with around 200 young people learning to sail, while the Queen Mary II will set sail for America, leaving Southampton just as the Pilgrims did 400 years ago.

Marking the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower leaving Southampton, the Maritime Festival will run 14th-16th August 2020. Activities are still being finalized with more details available soon!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Please check the Mayflower website for updates. 

May 23-25, 2020

Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth, MA

Want to be among the first in Plymouth to step aboard Mayflower II’s gleaming, newly-restored decks? The ship opens to the public on May 23, 2020! Advance tickets are on sale now and are strongly recommended to secure your spot during her homecoming celebration. For more information, visit or

Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his 2007 book, Mayflower, and why this voyage was so important to America’s history.

Please check the Falmouth Museums on the Green website for event updates.


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 Jenney Interpretive Centre is OPEN!  Please visit their website for ticketing.

Conversations with a Pilgrim is a 60-minute program on a variety of topics related to the Pilgrims and more, presented by the Jenney Interpretive Centre. Topics include “Pilgrim Economics”, “Tell Me About My Pilgrim Ancestor”, “Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness”, “The Abolitionists”, and “The Pilgrim Family – A Model to Follow”.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Jenney Museum at 508-747-4544.

Fees are as follows:

Adults: $15.00 age 18 years and older
Student: $10.00 age 13- 17
Children: $8.00 age 6-12  (Children ages 5 and under are free)
Family Rate: For family’s with 5 or more children ages 6-17 call for information.




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.

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.

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