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Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 101 of 147 100 planned for Provincetown 400 that begin in September 2020," said Dr. David Weidner, Ex- ecutive Director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, which is overseeing Provincetown 400. Weidner expects Provinc- etown could see as many as 500,000 tourists next year due to the special events. September 2020 will kick off with a port visit in Provincetown by the Mayflower II, a replica ship set to arrive around Monday, Sep- tember 7, 2020. During the visit, daily historical re-enactments of the signing of the Mayflower Compact will take place for the entire week. The Mayflower II will also be giving harbor tours during the week. Then on Monday, September 14, 2020, the Mayflower II will return home to Plymouth, Massachusetts after a special Sunrise Toast ceremony. To continue the celebration, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum will host a historic gala on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The gala will feature food, spirits and special historical re-enactments. The follow- ing day, on September 13, 2020, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will host its triennial Congress in Massachusetts; and, dur- ing the events, the Bay State Cruise Company will transport more than 1,000 descendants from Boston to Provincetown. Upon arrival, a memorial service will take place, which will in- clude dropping a wreath in the harbor to com- memorate the early settlers. Then, a town pro- cessional will take place through the streets of Provincetown; and the afternoon will conclude with a special lunch and reception at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. "What I am most excited about is the fact that we're going to focus on Provincetown in a way that's never been done before. This will really raise our members' awareness about the importance of Provincetown in the history of the Pilgrims," said Susan Belekewicz, Executive Director of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. "We're making history happen, and to be able to be a part of that is so exciting. It's a truly unique opportunity and it's going to be very special for everyone." The General Society of Mayflower De- scendants is comprised of 52 member societies across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Alongside the events in Provincetown, Belekewicz said each of the member societies is also planning its own events to celebrate the historical sig- nificance of 2020. For example, the California chapter is planning its own float in the Rose Parade while the New York society is getting involved in next year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Locally, in addition to the celebrations in Provincetown, Eastham is also planning its own 400th anniversary tributes. This year, on July 13, the Eastham Historical Society will host Geneal- ogy Day at the Eastham Public Library, where participants can enjoy a complimentary session with a family history consultant. In December 2020, the library will also feature a special ex- hibit titled, "Our Story: 400 Years of Wampa- noag History," which will highlight the impact of the Wampanoag people on the region and on the Mayflower Pilgrims themselves. Beleke- wicz and Weidner have also been working with several historical societies located on the Outer Cape to create a special Pilgrim trail map for ad- ditional activities come 2020. While planning for 2020 continues to progress, this year the Provincetown 400, a 24-member task force from the Pilgrim Monu- ment and Provincetown Museum that oversees the special events, is focused on raising aware- ness and fundraising. To support the organi- zation and play a part in the unforgettable events to come, people are encouraged to Photo courtesy of Wampanoag Tribe

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