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Cape and Island Historical Association Announces Cape Cod and Plimoth Colony: A Symposium

The year 2020 is marked by many events observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Mayflower.  But the place of Cape Cod as a vital part of the Plimoth Colony is sometimes partly overlooked. This special symposium, sponsored by the Cape and Islands Historical Association, will complete this important story for this anniversary year.

Ten detailed essays written by historians, teachers, and cape authors will cover various aspects of the many roles played by Cape Cod in the early colony, including:

  • How the colony might have settled at Cape Cod instead of Plymouth
  • Early trading between native peoples and first cape settlers
  • Attitudes of the settlers as the ship approached Cape Cod
  • Mayflower families who settled on Cape Cod
  • Differences between native people’s and settlers’ ideas of land and life
  • Lesser-known cape incidents in the early Plimoth Colony, and much more…

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be William Martin, author of the historical novel, Cape Cod.

To register: Send $25 check made to CIHA, c/o: David Martin,  10 Colonial Farm Circle, Marstons Mills, MA 02648, with mailing address for the book and email address for the link.

Questions? Contact David Martin, davidmartindr@aol.com, or call 508-527-0460.

Deadline for registration: registration should be postmarked not later than Monda,  September 30, 2020. Symposium space and supply of books are limited.

THIS EXHIBIT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL PILGRIM HALL MUSEUM REOPENS. Please visit their 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.

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 EXHIBIT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL PILGRIM HALL MUSEUM REOPENS. Please visit their website for updates.

A special exhibition, pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth, on display through May 10th, presents original objects reflecting four centuries of women’s experience and multimedia presentations giving voice to women of early Plymouth Colony, including Susanna White Winslow, Awashonks, Elinor Billington, Priscilla Mullins Alden, Hobbamock’s wife, and Mary Chilton Winslow.

Pilgrim Hall Museum’s 2019 exhibition resets the 400-year story of Plymouth with a focus on the lives and legacies of pathfounding women. Makers, nurturers, leaders, and survivors, they made history, though their stories are often untold.

Who were the women who shaped Plymouth? The women of the Mayflower, immigrants to a new land, keepers of family and tradition, risk-takers, and founders of a colony. The Wampanoag women present in their own homeland, growers, culture bearers, and clan leaders who became upholders of a way of life threatened by incursion. The women of every era since in Plymouth’s ongoing 400-year history who impacted family and community through their ideas, actions, and example.

This exhibition includes Women 100 – A Digital Archive of Local Women’s History, Activism, & Experience, created by Pilgrim Hall Museum to document a century of local women, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting American women the right to vote. Photographs, film, and oral histories highlight women who impacted their communities through arts and education, family, activism, enterprise, and public service.

A special exhibition, pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth, on display through May 10th, presents original objects reflecting four centuries of women’s experience and multimedia presentations giving voice to women of early Plymouth Colony, including Susanna White Winslow, Awashonks, Elinor Billington, Priscilla Mullins Alden, Hobbamock’s wife, and Mary Chilton Winslow.

Pilgrim Hall Museum’s 2019 exhibition resets the 400-year story of Plymouth with a focus on the lives and legacies of pathfounding women. Makers, nurturers, leaders, and survivors, they made history, though their stories are often untold.

Who were the women who shaped Plymouth? The women of the Mayflower, immigrants to a new land, keepers of family and tradition, risk-takers, and founders of a colony. The Wampanoag women present in their own homeland, growers, culture bearers, and clan leaders who became upholders of a way of life threatened by incursion. The women of every era since in Plymouth’s ongoing 400-year history who impacted family and community through their ideas, actions, and example.

This exhibition includes Women 100 – A Digital Archive of Local Women’s History, Activism, & Experience, created by Pilgrim Hall Museum to document a century of local women, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting American women the right to vote. Photographs, film, and oral histories highlight women who impacted their communities through arts and education, family, activism, enterprise, and public service.

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