American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society present “Four Exhibits Commemorating 400 Years of Mayflower and Wampanoag History.” These exhibits are now on display through December 2020 at the American Ancestors Research Center in Boston. The four unique displays speak to the origins of and continued impact of the Mayflower story, with special emphasis on Wampanoag traditions and culture. The exhibits are described below.
The Origins and Legacy of the Mayflower: Who were the Pilgrims, what motivated their departure from England, and why has their story been so ensconced in our nation’s history? Explore the origins of the Mayflower migration and its lasting legacy as American mythos and through the lives of modern-day descendants. Braille version of the exhibit made possible by the Flora Nichols Beggs Trust.
The History of Wampum Belts: From precolonial times, wampum belts have been used for ceremonial purposes, adornment, and to record or reflect specific events and agreements. Learn about the meaning behind wampum belts and their place in Wampanoag culture. Produced by SmokeSygnals, a Native American-owned marketing and communications company.
The Mayflower Scene: Mayflower Legacy: (Outside – weather permitting). An intricately crafted, scaled model of the Mayflower created by artisan Terry Geaghan.
The Wampanoag Scene: Creating Tribal Legacy: (Outside – weather permitting). A sculpture of a Wampanoag mother and child recording their family history. Produced by SmokeSygnals.
Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular hours:
Tuesday, 9:00AM-1:00PM; Wednesday, 9:00AM-8:00PM; Thursday-Saturday, 9:00AM-5:00PM.