Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Breathe Life Into PTown History

Photo of signing of the Mayflower Compact
was taken from PMPM website
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum can be found on High Pole Hill, Behind Town Hall, and beyond Bradford Street. Walk up High Pole Hill Road, right next to Alden Street, or you can walk or drive up Winslow Street, with paid parking available on the grounds.
The diorama at the left, found in the Provincetown Museum, at the base of the monument, depicts the signing of The Mayflower Compact, which was the first document in the history of the world to lay out a democracy of the people and by the people.
This charter gave rights and responsibilities to the 41 men who drafted and signed it, establishing rules that would help them govern their lives together in the New World, as they called it. All of this took place in November of 1620 aboard the Mayflower as she lay anchored in the far west end of what we know today as Provincetown Harbor, following an arduous 67 day voyage across the Atlantic.
This is just one of many fine exhibits found in the museum. A favorite of mine is the cut-away section of a ship showing the captain's living quarters on a typical ship of the whaling era. In those days, a man much over five feet in height was a very tall man, and these captain's quarters show us a very tiny bunk where the captain would have slept.
The museum contains many rooms full of wonderful exhibits, with a room or two entirely devoted to exhibits which will change for each new season of visitors.
The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum are open daily, with summertime hours from 9 AM to 7 PM. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students 15 and older with ID, $4 for children 4 to 14, free for members and children 3 and under.

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