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Volume 2, Issue 16, November 20, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving
It is that time of year again. The days are crisp, leaves are falling, and families are preparing to gather in homes for a big feast and lively conversation. Although the menu is the same year after year, it never gets old. The first Thanksgiving is a reminder of how people worked together for the greater good, bridging cultural, language, racial, and religious boundaries. May all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Cynthia Collins
Cynthia Collins 

Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation is a living historic site in Plymouth, MA, designed to re-create Plymouth Colony, the settlement established by the 17th-century colonists who arrived here aboard the Mayflower. Replicas of the buildings, clothing, tools, etc., were based on artifacts from that era as well as descriptive writings of the time, paintings, and stories passed down through generations. The plantation is divided into two main sections: the Wampanoag Homesite and the 17th-Century English Village.

Wampanoag Homesite - Plimoth PlantationThe Wampanoag Homesite is made up of Native People, some Wampanoag and some from other Native nations, wearing traditional dress. They offer demonstrations of food preparation, games, building materials, and more, that would have been used in the 1600s. Their history dates back thousands of years before the arrival of the Mayflower, and that history is part of the homesite experience. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions which often range from specific Thanksgiving topics to questions about Native Nation history.

17th-Century English Village - Plimoth PlantationThe 17th-Century English Village is a re-creation of a 1620s-style village complete with homes, gardens, barnyards, storage buildings, and other structures typical of that time period. The villagers are people in period costumes, playing the role of people who lived in Plymouth Colony. As visitors walk through the village, they will see common day-to-day activities such as how meals were prepared, types of furniture, gardening, political and religious discussions, and education. Visitors are encouraged to asked questions and engage in discussions with the villagers.

Plimoth Plantation was founded in 1947 and originally consisted of two cottages and a fort. Its unusual spelling is from the way the governor of Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, spelled it. This living museum has grown to include an area of livestock, an old grist mill, a visitors center and other buildings. It is also the home of the replica of the Mayflower, known as the Mayflower II. However, the ship is currently undergoing restoration at Mystic Seaport and is not expected to return to Plimoth until 2019.

Due to several upcoming deadlines, I will be taking a break from this newsletter for a few months. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed writing about the variety of historic sites in the United States. If it were not for history, none of us would be here. I am keeping this mailing list active so will notify you when I'm ready to send the next issue which I anticipate will be in March at the latest. Meanwhile, have a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to all.

-- Cindy


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Photo credits: Wampanoag Homesite and 17th-Century English Village at Plimoth Plantation: courtesy of Plimoth Plantation.

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