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This ceremony will be held with visiting dignitaries and local and State officials to remember the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people of 1620 and their contributions and sacrifices. The ceremony will take place at significant monuments in Plymouth. Details for this event are still being formed.

This gathering will create an inspirational atmosphere to stimulate gratitude and giving in our families and community while honoring the significance of Plymouth’s founding in 1620.

The program will include spoken thoughts on the differences and similarities between Pilgrims and Puritans; Native American culture at our founding; and our part in the expansion of our founding and colonizing.

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.

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. Please check the Pilgrim Hall Museum website for updates.

The Plymouth Tapestry is a heroically-scaled embroidered tapestry that tells the story of Plymouth, Massachusetts through handcrafted needlework. Commissioned by Pilgrim Hall Museum in honor of the 400th anniversary of Plymouth Colony’s founding, the Plymouth Tapestry portrays the experiences of the English settlers who arrived on the Mayflower and the Wampanoag families who inhabited the region for millennia before their arrival.

The multimedia-thread-on-linen embroidery will be comprised of twenty individual six-foot-long panels, created by volunteer embroiderers. On April 16th at a gala reception, the first series of completed panels will be unveiled, including scenes of the Wampanoag village of Patuxcet, and the rise of the Separatist Pilgrim congregation in northern England. Selected panels will be displayed from April 17th through December 30, 2020. The Tapestry will be shown in its entirety on completion, expected in the Fall of 2021.

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. Please check the Pilgrim Hall Museum website for updates.

Pilgrim Hall Museum hosts an evening reception and book launch for a new work of Plymouth history by John G. Turner, professor of religious studies at George Mason University. Turner’s precisely-crafted and far-ranging narrative, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty, resets Plymouth’s significance in a rapidly evolving colonial world and deftly probes the Pilgrims’ complex relationship to the meanings of liberty. Copies available for purchase and signing. This event is part of the Spring 2020 Lecture Series at Pilgrim Hall Museum, sponsored by Brabo Benefits with additional support from Powder Horn Press.

Light refreshments at 6:30PM; book talk begins at 7:00PM.

Turner presents a rich and complex portrait of early Plymouth, a community often mythologized by the public and overlooked by scholars. Drawing on extensive new research, Turner recasts traditional and counter-narratives of Plymouth’s Pilgrim settlers to present a more complex tale of humanity and honor, brutality and betrayal, extraordinary courage and extreme deprivation, faith, fear, violence, and moral compromise.

They Knew They Were Pilgrims is an American story of freedom and unfreedom, written for Americans of all backgrounds. Mining a wealth of underutilized sources — letters, town records, and other documents — Turner tells familiar history in new ways and with an expanded cast of characters. The Pilgrims emerge as neither heroes nor hypocrites, but instead as real men and women who brought very particular notions of Christian liberty across the Atlantic. Sweeping and authoritative, They Knew They Were Pilgrims provides essential context for debates that remain at the heart of American democracy in our own time.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.

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. 

The Jenney Interpretive Centre presents a 45-minute interpretive tour of the National Monument to the Forefathers. This 81-foot statue tells the whole Pilgrim story, why they left England, how they governed themselves, and more. Leo Martin, Director of Pilgrim History at the Jenney, takes tourists around the statue, explaining the rich history of the Pilgrim story dressed in period costume. He begins with the Pilgrims’ journey from England to Plymouth, bringing to life their stories of faith, their struggles, their beliefs about family life, education, law and liberty, and more.  The National Monument to the Forefathers is thought to be the largest solid granite monument in the United States.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 508-747-4544.  The tour begins at the Jenney Interpretive Centre, located at 48 Summer Street in Plymouth. (No tours on Sundays).

 

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