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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Programming Update:

Our lead media sponsor, NBC 10 Boston has been offering lots of fantastic programming to honor the Plymouth 400 Commemoration. The original Illuminate Thanksgiving series of live events was converted to a virtual broadcast event following the onset of the pandemic and will be covered in a half-hour televised piece. This content has been developed in partnership with Plymouth 400, Inc. and Signature Sponsor PACTV. The schedule for this broadcast programming follows:

‘This Is New England” Illuminate: Plymouth 400 Years – This half-hour special is premiering Saturday, December 19 at 7:30pm (EST) on NECN (New England’s Connection) and on NBC 10 Boston on Sunday, December 20th at 11:30AM (EST). Programming will cover Illuminate and the annual “One Small Candle” Award as well as the full scope of the Plymouth 400 commemoration.

The half-hour long broadcast will tell the story of Plymouth 400 and the legacies of the 400th anniversary through projects, collaborations, and events. The second half of the program will focus on the signature Illuminate event and the One Small Candle Award. Past recipients of the award will be featured along with new recipients this year.

Introduced in 2014, in partnership with Mayflower 400 in Plymouth, England, Illuminate Thanksgiving was created to inspire gratitude and giving as expressed in the tagline “Give Thanks, Give Back”. The youth-oriented programming is designed to create an inspirational atmosphere and to stimulate gratitude and giving in communities, groups, and families. Based upon Governor William Bradford’s quote:

“…as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone to many…”

the One Small Candle Award is given to an individual who has made a difference in many lives at a young age. Click here for a full list of One Small Candle Award Recipients. 

We thank all of our Sponsors for making this event possible. In particular, Goldman Sachs Gives who has supported Illuminate Thanksgiving for several years! Please view all of our amazing sponsors by clicking here. 

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