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Explore a National Legacy with the Help of Plymouth 400 Incorporated

The Mayflower embarked on a momentous trans-Atlantic voyage that ultimately resulted in the creation of a permanent European colony in New England. That colony was unique because it was not created as a business venture like the three previous settlements in the New World, but as a way for pilgrims to enjoy freedom of religion.

The Wampanoag play a critical role in ensuring the settlers' survival. Tisquantum, a Wampanoag, served as translator and guide to the pilgrims, and taught them how to grow food in the unfamiliar landscape. This relationship was forever immortalized when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in honor of the first meal that the pilgrims and Wampanoag shared together.

Communications coordinator at Plymouth 400 Sheila Fey outlines the mission of the organization as leading the planning and implementation of programs commemorating the four hundred year anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and founding of the Plymouth Colony.

"The mission of our organization is to create a commemoration that is historically accurate, culturally inclusive, and brand-enhancing for both Plymouth County and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and we expect the number of visitors to our already thriving destination to increase dramatically in 2020," she says.

Plymouth 400 boasts nine new Signature Events and Programs, most of which will take place between November 2019 and November 2021 and will honor the themes of exploration, innovation, religious freedom, self-governance, immigration, and thanksgiving.

Moreover, Plymouth 400 puts on three Pre-Commemoration events each year. These community events were created to raise awareness of the Commemoration and its themes and include Bass & Blue Weekend (July 9-10), a family-friendly fishing tournament and seafood event; Plymouth 400 Heritage Fest (August 6) celebrating the community's rich heritage; and Illuminate (November 19), an event to inspire gratitude during America's iconic Thanksgiving season.

Plymouth's first Signature Event launched in 2014 as an educational traveling exhibition called Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, currently on display at the Pilgrim Hall Museum.

The organization also offers several educational programs, including the Plymouth International Chorus, a group of students who serve as musical ambassadors between the United States and Britain. They will perform their second annual concert on June 1st in Plymouth.

Plymouth 400 is committed to commemorating the past and educating visitors on the most formative moments of early American history. For instance, the Plymouth 400 Heritage Fest will allow visitors to enjoy the music, food, art, dancing, and history of Plymouth's diverse community through history lessons, performances, and other activities, but will also get a glimpse of the future during which younger participants will share their visions for the city.

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