Programs: Understanding Our Shared History and Place
Cross Cultural Educational Opportunities
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum 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.