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GE-50912-14

Plimoth Plantation, Inc. (Plymouth, MA 02362-1620)
Kathryn LaPrad (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Community, Conflict, Collaboration: Moving beyond Two Peoples, One Story at Plimoth Plantation

Development of an interpretive plan for all the living history sites at Plimoth Plantation for the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower voyage in 2020.

As the 400th anniversaries of the Mayflower voyage and the First Thanksgiving approach in 2020 and 2021, the Museum must reassess Plimoth Plantation's current interpretive strategy. Though highly accurate and painstaking, it is not the product of a thoughtful study of how to address these issues; rather, it is an informal amalgamation of decades of interpretation, scholarship and institutional tradition. In a changing world with technology at visitors' fingertips and always in their pockets, the Museum must address how to remain relevant and present the larger story of 17th-century New England. There is more to it than "two peoples, one story." Developing an interpretive plan that encompasses all of the Museum's living history sites--Mayflower II, the Wampanoag Homesite, and the 17th-Century English Village as well as the Plimoth Grist Mill and Craft Center--is an essential and timely step in advance of the 400th anniversaries.

Project fields:
Native American Studies; U.S. History; Western Civilization

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015