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Plimoth Plantation Joins Governor Baker and the Commonwealth’s 400th Anniversary Commission in Preparing to Mark “The Voyage That Made a Nation” ® in 2020
Living history museum is fully restoring Mayflower II, its iconic reproduction of the ship
that carried the Pilgrims, in anticipation of the milestone commemorations
Plymouth, MA (August 28, 2018) – Plimoth Plantation joins Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission in welcoming a diverse and engaging slate of programs and events for 2020 to mark the national and state observance of the Pilgrims 1620 arrival to Patuxet, a Wampanoag homeland now known as Plymouth, aboard the merchant vessel Mayflower.
This milestone anniversary also marks the signing aboard that ship of the Mayflower Compact, considered the cornerstone in the foundation of the United States. Through its signature AMERICA 400® events, exhibits, and experiences, Plimoth Plantation looks forward to presenting inclusive, thought-stirring opportunities for learning and inquiry.
“Plimoth Plantation is proud to be a part of the commemorations and celebrations across the Commonwealth and the Nation in 2020,” said Ellie Donovan, the living history museum’s Executive Director. “Massachusetts is the birthplace of the United States, and Mayflower II represents our ongoing American experiment in self-government. Everyone involved feels honored to be the keepers of the flame of this part of our Nation’s history.”
Mayflower II, the living history museum’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, will serve as the centerpiece of the 400th anniversary programs. Visitors can look forward to boarding the ship once again in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and plans are underway for sails to Boston and Provincetown in 2020.
A historic vessel in her own right, Mayflower II was built in 1955-56 in England and sailed to America in 1957. The ship was a gift from the people of England to the people of the United States in gratitude for assistance during World War II.
Plimoth Plantation is currently restoring Mayflower II for the benefit of all those who will visit and be inspired by her in the years to come, taking care to preserve the spirit of authenticity imbued by those who imagined and built her. Skilled shipwrights from both Plimoth Plantation and Mystic Seaport are working to systematically replace timbers, planking, structural frames, knees and beams that, despite excellent care over six decades by the Museum’s maritime staff, have succumbed to the natural deterioration process expected of any organic material exposed to natural elements. To lend your support to Mayflower II’s restoration, please visit www.inspire.plimoth.org.
About Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation is the living museum of the United States' foundation in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. Located less than an hour’s drive south of Boston, and 15 minutes north of Cape Cod, the Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, from mid-March through the end of November. A private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution, the Museum is supported by admission fees, contributions, memberships, and revenue from a variety of dining programs/special events and gift shops. Plimoth Plantation is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. For more information, visit www.plimoth.org.
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