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Q – Quadricentennial Commemoration: Provincetown 400 & Plymouth 400

Text by Elizabeth Shaw

2020 was going to be a big year for many, especially Provincetown and Plymouth. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing, first in Provincetown, then Plymouth. The year was to be filled with opening ceremonies, museum exhibits and historical reenactments. Although the coronavirus pandemic brought the year’s commemorative events to a halt, the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (PMPM) is still working hard to commemorate this historic event.

PMPM is committed to giving an honest look at the first meeting between the Pilgrims and the Indigenous Wampanoags to the public. In fact, the nonprofits’ new exhibit, “Our Story: The Complicated Relationship of the Indigenous Wampanoag and the Mayflower Pilgrims,” is the world’s first permanent exhibit to tell the story of the Mayflower’s arrival from the perspective of the Wampanoag. 

Their first ever virtual gala, held in October, raised money for the PMPM to help continue their goal of advancing learning, education and inclusion. 

The nonprofit will continue to fulfill its mission and provide educational and informative programming to the region and beyond, through its Chamber Music for the Outer Cape virtual performance series, new exhibit, “Our Story,” juried art exhibition with the Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) and more. 

The PMPM and PAAM 2020 juried art exhibition runs through November 15, 2020, and explores the themes central to the quadricentennial: liberty, justice and freedom of expression. The exhibition is located in the East Gallery of the Provincetown Museum.

The PMPM will close for the season on November 15, 2020, but make sure to check pilgrim-monument.org for more information and updates.



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