This is an excerpt from an article in the Free Time Journal by Lisa K. Berton which was posted on August 30, 2019. Click here to read the entire article.
America’s Hometown, Plymouth, Massachusetts is commemorating the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower’s journey and what would consequently become Plymouth Colony. Lead by the not-for-profit organization, Plymouth 400, Inc., the historic milestone includes collaborations with Wampanoag Nation, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
As a result of the exciting and plentiful activities planned, Plymouth 400 welcomes volunteers. It is a great way for locals to get involved. Visitors who would like to lend a hand can also apply. Sign up for the newsletter to keep track of events.
Plymouth, currently the most populated town in Massachusetts is rich in history. Everyone from Charles Schulz (Peanuts) to James Dean (Pete the Cat) has relayed a telling of the first Thanksgiving.
The town’s famous past consists of good intentions, greed, war, and a new government. Recognizing and acknowledging truth while celebrating what eventually lead to a new nation comes with understandable challenges.
I asked Brian Logan, Communications Manager for Plymouth 400 Inc., about growing up in Plymouth.
Do you think that your education about the Mayflower, Pilgrims and the indigenous peoples differed from those living in other parts of the United States?
Brian said, “I think that growing up in the area, we got a healthy dose of this history. We covered events and went on field trips. They always balanced our education of the Wampanoag people and Pilgrim story. And the more I got out of the area and went to college, the more I realized that not everyone got this level of education with a focus on colonial time. When I got into tourism, [it became clear] even more so.”