Programs: Understanding Our Shared History and Place
Our education, arts & humanities and civic engagement programs explore three themes that are a common thread through 400 years of our history: Self-governance, Freedom of expression, and Democratic Values.
In partnership with Provincetown Public Schools and the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, Provincetown 400 will join forces to support Provincetown school children’s re-enactment of the First Harvest Feast each November the 400th anniversary of which will occur in 2021.
Provincetown 400 will develop educational programs and activities that tell the complete, historically accurate, and culturally appropriate story of the Wampanoag people who inhabited the Cape for 10,000 years prior to the events of 1620 and the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims to the young and young at heart. In a series of new learning modules that can be delivered online, outdoors, as well as in the traditional classroom, Provincetown 400 will trace Cape Cod history from prior to the landing of the Pilgrims to their settlement in Plymouth, MA. These resources will be available on Provincetown 400 web site and promoted globally. The educators section of our website will be expanded to include a professional community of practice where educators can download materials, comment on lessons, problem solve related teaching challenges, and discuss best practices in the classroom. The objective is to teach the complete and accurate story of the Wampanoag and Pilgrims to a new generation of young people.
Cross Cultural Educational Opportunities
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum which oversees Provincetown 400 is establishing partnerships with schools in Bassetlaw, the northernmost district of Nottinghamshire, England, where several Mayflower Pilgrims were from, including William Brewster. The partnership’s goal is to strengthen ties, both cultural and educational, between the two regions in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing in the New World in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. PMPM Executive Director Dr. K. David Weidner has been working on the partnership since 2017 when the BBC Radio Nottingham visited Provincetown and conducted live broadcasts at the Monument. On July 17 and 18, 2018, Dr. Weidner visited two schools in the Bassetlaw District, St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School in Gringley-on-the-Hill and Sturton-le-Steeple School. During his recent visit, Dr. Weidner talked to students about the Mayflower Pilgrims and also visited Pilgrim sites at Babworth, Scrooby and Austerfield with Jane Lewis, Diocesan Schools Advisor and Dr. Anna Scott, the Heritage Consultant for Bassetlaw as they explored how school-to-school partnerships might work. Dr. Weidner is working with Provincetown Schools to develop programs such as teacher exchanges, student interactions and creating materials specific to teaching this important time in history.