Public education project highlights 400th year commemoration of Pilgrims’ 1620 first landing in Provincetown, Massachusetts
PROVINCETOWN, MA – The Provincetown Office of Tourism today launched an online educational initiative,” Where in the World did the Pilgrims Land?” The WHERE Project represents a kick-off of programs to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Pilgrims first landing in Provincetown Harbor in the year 1620.
The project is built around a simple premise, the historical foundational question of where the Pilgrims first landed and inked the Mayflower Compact. The WHERE Project will help to broaden understanding of important facts leading to the creation of American Democracy. The program will intrigue educators and youth alike in a web-based interactive art, photo, essay and science competition, to commemorate where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World, with engaging ways to relive the path of the Pilgrims as they made their journey to what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts.
For nearly 400 years, the spirit of freedom, independence and diversity has endured as the hallmark of the town known as “America’s First Destination.” The new educational initiative is built on a set of critical questions designed for discovering native cultures and aspects of the journey of the 102 Pilgrim newcomers, and their drafting and unanimously adopting the Mayflower Compact as America’s first declaration of equality and justice.
“In preparing for Provincetown’s 400th anniversary in 2020, we want to involve the public and future generations in a dialogue about important American history ideals and democracy,” said David Panagore, Provincetown Town Manager. “Among other programs being planned by the Provincetown 400 Committee, the WHERE Project gives us a unique way to engage students, families and community groups here and internationally and hopefully welcome them as new discovers during the next several years leading up to 2020.”
The “WHERE Project” will launch today and name achievers for the following four years, with students, youth and affinity clubs participating. Contest parameters and instructions for participation can be found on the project website, along with a gallery of project entries, allowing all access to compare and contrast their ideas and projects with others. Each individual or team can enter the competition with an art, photo, essay, or science project.
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), Cape Cod Office of Tourismand select local community tourism offices will be invited to participate in the education initiative, and standards-based, age-appropriate course instructional materials will be available to provide learning opportunities for formal and informal educational settings.
For more information about the WHERE Project, visit http://provincetowntourismoffice.org/WHERE