Representatives from Mayflower 400 UK, Mayflower 400 Leiden, Plymouth 400, VisitBritain and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants met at the New England Historical Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts last week to share their 2020 Commemoration Program plans for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage.
Each of the nations: the United Kingdom, US, the Wampanoag Nations and the Netherlands shared their unique perspectives of that pivotal moment that defined the course of world history. Each were united in their passion to commemorate the anniversary and to celebrate shared values of freedom, democracy, humanity and the future.
“The story of what happened in 1620 is foundational to the story of our democracy and has widespread genealogical and historical ramifications,” stated Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors and NEHGS, in his announcement of programs to be undertaken by the organisation leading up to 2020. "We have had an important stake in telling this story since our founding in 1845 and we are dedicated to helping our members and the public connect to this important moment in American history."
Charles Hackett, Chief Executive Officer - Mayflower 400 added: “This project explores centuries of shared history between Britain, Holland and America. It is an opportunity to create a broad cultural programme in multiple locations, to bring visitors to the UK to explore the past along national Mayflower Trail, and to increase awareness of this pivotal event on all four nations."
The commemorations are being led by Leiden in Holland, Plymouth; UK and Plymouth Massachusetts in the US.
Full details of the UK's year-long commemoration events can be found at Mayflower400UK.org
PHOTO: Representatives from the four nation organisations outside the New England Historic Genealogical Society HQ, Boston MA.