The second in a series of four talks in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower and the “Falmouth Reads Together” book of the year, Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. Each talk will focus on a different perspective related to the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620 and the complex history that followed. This series is developed by the Falmouth Genealogical Society.
Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15 & 22, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
April 8: Influences on Native Perspectives – Myths, Legends & Realities by Ron Petersen. Ron Petersen is chair of the Orleans Historical Commission and is working with CapeCod2020 on a symposium that will recognize the Cape Cod role in the Plymouth 400 Commemoration. He also writes a monthly column in the Cape Codder on local historical topics.
This presentation will focus on an often-marginalized aspect of the Mayflower story- the perspective of the Native Americans who had occupied the land for centuries before its arrival. We will consider pre-Mayflower encounters between the Natives and Europeans and relations between the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims in the early years of the colony, with a focus on Cape Cod.
April 15: Connections to Early Falmouth Families by Phyllis Day. Ms. Day is a board member of the Falmouth Genealogical Society and delegate to the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium.
April 22: Proving a Mayflower Connection by Ralph Wadleigh. Mr. Wadleigh is the current secretary and former president of the Falmouth Genealogical Society, as well as descendant of Mayflower passenger, John Alden.
Registration for the series is requested, but not required.