First Landing in Provincetown


In November 1620 in Provincetown Harbor, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower from Europe agreed to “Covenant and Combine [them]selves together in a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid.” In 1802, John Quincy Adams described their agreement, the Mayflower Compact, as “the only instance in human history of that positive, original, social compact.” This powerful document is popularly believed to have influenced the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association (Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum-PMPM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the oldest on Cape Cod, founded in 1892 to commemorate the landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and the first meeting with the native people, the Wampanoag Nation. The Pilgrim Monument was built as a memorial to the Mayflower Pilgrims between 1907 and 1910 and is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States standing at 252 feet.

In November 2017, the responsibility to lead and financially manage the Provincetown 2020 commemoration was accepted by the Board of Trustees of the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association. In March 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association formally approved the PMPM Provincetown 400 Task 24-member Force as a Board approved sub-committee under the PMPM External Affairs Board Committee and the Task Force began regular meetings to create the current program of events. The initial PMPM Provincetown 400 Task Force meeting was held on 26 April 2018 at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

The PMPM Provincetown 400 Task Force meets regularly at The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, and is co-chaired by Lori Meads, President/CEO Seamen’s Bank and K. David Weidner, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association.