WELCOME TO “WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THE PILGRIMS LAND?”
This project is a fun way to get in touch with your past and to learn more about America, her people and the world we share with others. Who knows, you may win a trip to the spot where the Pilgrims first landed.
If you are an educator, club leader, or parent, you can facilitate an exceptional learning experience in the time leading up to the 400th commemoration of the Pilgrims landing in the New World in the year 2020.
By now, you realize looking at these web pages that most American’s may not know WHERE the actual landing took place – Provincetown, Massachusetts. Most history books often refer to the Pilgrims and Plymouth, which is the first permanent settlement. The curious notion that there are really two stories about the Pilgrims gives us a great and surprising learning opportunity for so many subject lessons.
Rather than prescribe a specified lesson for the WHERE Project, we have followed the course of asking critical questions that will lead your group to a process of REFLECTION, DISCOVERY, IMAGINING, CREATING AND SHARING.
Each entry for the WHERE Project will need to be certified as original work by a teacher, club leader or parent/guardian to maintain the integrity of the educational program. Click ENTER HERE on the PLAY AND LEARN button to sign up your group for the WHERE Project. We have taken our cues from other Internet based educational and learning projects and hope that this program will create fun for all grade levels and mutigenerational family groups.
There is no fee for participation, and a panel of education and civic leaders has been appointed to review this website content and align program recommendations with educational standards and to jury projects for acknowledging the best of submissions for special recognition.
Timeline of the Pilgrims in Provincetown
Please note that this timeline uses Gregorian calendar Dates – the Pilgrims Used the Julian calendar,
which is about 10 days off
Use your mouse to scroll left or right in the frame below.
The Provincetown Tourism Office would like to thank all of the following sources for providing resources for the WHERE Project.
Pilgrims, Provincetown and Plymouth, by Smithsonian Channel
History: The Pilgrims Journey Documentary by The History Guy
The Provincetown Tourism Office would like to thank the Provincetown Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) for their help in compiling this bibliography and for the descriptions of the books. You can purchase all of the books listed below at PMPM’s online shop by clicking here.
The voyage of the Mayflower and the history of the Pilgrim and their settlement of Plymouth Colony, ending with King Philip’s War. “A story of courage, community and war”. An account of some well known events in America’s history filled with surprises, written by National Book Award winner, Nathanial Philbrick.
One Hundred and Eleven Questions and Answers Concerning the Pilgrims
Factual, easy to read book, an excellent tool for learning about the Mayflower Pilgrims. Written by William P. Muttart and Linda A. Ashley. Recommended for anyone interested accurate information about Native American, Mayflower Pilgrim history, and the foundations of our country. Contains maps, photos and illustrations.
This is the first truly complete treatment of the history of Plymouth Colony. It includes a concise history of the colony, both chronologically and topically, and more than 300 biographical sketches of its inhabitants. Richly documented and illustrated with maps and photographs, the three-dimensional Plymouth Colony: Its History & People, 1620-1691 was written for historians and genealogists alike and provides an in-depth view of this important epoch of American history. The researcher will find the verbatim transcriptions of important contemporary documents in the eleven appendices invaluable, and the annotated bibliography clearly describes the abundance of primary and secondary literature on Plymouth Colony.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Book
Souvenir book containing facts and information about the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Included are black and white and color photos and text relating to the history of the Monument, Mayflower Pilgrims, collections and maps, and a copy of the Mayflower Compact.
If you Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620
Learn of the Mayflower Pilgrim’s voyage in 1620. Written by Ann McGovern, the text answers many questions –who, what, when and where. Gr. 2-4, illustrated.
Originally written as articles for the Provincetown Banner and Advocate newspaper between 1995 and 1999, the more than 150 essays in this book, illustrated with numerous images, will enthrall and entertain anyone interested in the history of Cape Cod, and specifically the lower Cape towns of Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet. Written by Clive Driver, a well-known local historian.
Exhibition Catalogue from A Centennial Selection of Treasures from the Collection of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum 2007
“From a small stamp to a kayak, the PMPM collection covers a multitude of collecting categories and tastes. It also demonstrates extraordinary depth in certain areas. This exhibition is an attempt to showcase some of the highlights.” James Bakker Executive Director A richly illustrated catalogue begins with the history of the collection. Included are examples and descriptions of furniture, portraits and paintings, figureheads, toys and more from Cape Cod’s past. A wonderful introduction to the collection of the PMPM.
“Perfect for parents, kids, teachers, history buffs, and of course, Thanksgiving cooks, Giving Thanks is a true keepsake cookbook, meant to be shared and enjoyed year after year.” “Giving Thanks explores the delicious, fascinating history of Thanksgiving, complete with trivia, recipes, and an amazing collection of archival imagery of the holiday’s history.” Written by Kathleen Curtin, Plimoth Plantation’s food historian and Sandra L. Oliver, award-winning author of Saltwater Foodways and publisher of the Food History News.
Mayflower Passengers 1620
This booklet contains “all the latest data on each of the Mayflower passengers. Each entry usually includes the parentage (if known), birth, death, marriage(s), a brief reference to them, and any published descendancy, ancestry, and biography articles or books”. “This is meant to be a quick reference guide and authority of the facts presented. It is the culmination of all the scholarship since the re-discovery of the Bradford manuscript history published first in 1856.” Compiled by Scott Andrew Bartley of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendents, contains an extensive bibliography and citations.
Provincetown as a Stage – Provincetown, The Provincetown Players, and the Discovery of Eugene O’Neill
“Provincetown-the summer of 1916. This remote fishing village, extending 25 miles into the Atlantic at the far end of Cape Cod, was teeming with tourists; there were battleships from Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet in the harbor and a significant segment of Greenwich Village’s Avant-Garde was there… By all contemporary accounts, never before had so many people who wrote, painted or acted been thrown together in one small place.” Among them was Eugene O’Neill. The first production anywhere of any of his plays, Bound East for Cardiff was a defining moment in the history of American theater. Leona Rust Egan’s story looks at what happened to him and the group of “hard-loving and hard-loving artists and writers who discovered him and why it seemed inevitable and right that it should all take place in Provincetown”.
Thanksgiving – The biography of an American Holiday
James W. Baker, former Director of Research at Plimoth Plantation, has written the first in-depth study of Thanksgiving, the classic American holiday. Misconceptions and myths are swept away as historical and cultural details surrounding this holiday are examined. Delightfully illustrated with period prints, “this is an intelligent and illuminating introduction to a beloved holiday and a fascinating cultural history of America and Americana.”