On August 28, Governor Charlie Baker joined Plymouth 400 officials and elected officials to announce a series of Signature Events to mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival in Plymouth in 1620.
Joining Governor Baker at the podium were Dusty Rhodes, Chair of the Plymouth Massachusetts 400 Commission; State Senator Vinny deMacedo, Plymouth & Barnstable District; State Representative Sarah Peake, 4th Barnstable District; Massachusetts Bureau of Indian Affairs Executive Director Jim Peters; Executive Director of Plymouth 400, Inc. Michele Pecoraro; President & General Manager of NBC Boston Mike St. Peters; and former Senate President of Massachusetts Therese Murray.
Governor Baker called Massachusetts “a state of firsts, and what occurred in Plymouth in 1620 is a ‘first’ of ‘firsts.’ From Provincetown to Plymouth and beyond, many events are planned for 2020.” Here is a schedule of the Signature Events announced.
Dusty Rhodes said, “The cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag and English peoples have significantly shaped the building of America and continue to provide lessons for our future. Further, the inclusion of the Native American perspective is one of the truly unique aspects of this commemoration as, historically, this perspective has been mishandled and misrepresented.”
Michele Pecoraro said, “The same cornerstones that defined this moment in history are also defined by the themes of this commemoration: exploration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, immigration and thanksgiving. Each of Plymouth 400’s commemorative events and programs were specifically designed to highlight these themes.”
Cape Cod is also part of the commemoration, since the Pilgrims initially landed off the coast of Provincetown prior to journeying up the coast to Plymouth in 1620.
Established in 2011, Plymouth 400, Inc. is a non-profit organization has been working alongside the 35-member State Commission since January 2016. Together they are the architects of what is shaping up to be an epic commemoration of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620, a story that significantly shaped the building of America.