At Plimoth Plantation, feasting as the Pilgrims didhttp://www.philly.com/philly/travel/20091122_Getting_the_Pilgrim_Experience.htmlPlymouth Rock Foundationhttp://www.plymrock.org/US Census Press Releases: Thanksgiving [pdf]http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/014332.htmlPlimoth Plantationhttp://www.plimoth.org/First "National Day of Mourning"http://massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=340Each Thanksgiving, a number of news crews and other pundit types descend on the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts to catch some b-roll shots of the very famous, if not exactly historically accurate, Plymouth Rock. Of course, it wasn't the first place the Pilgrims landed; that all happened around what is now the town of Provincetown on the far reaches of Cape Cod. Local boosters in Provincetown want people to know their side of story, and they are adopting an aggressive campaign to get the good word out. This week, the town leaders started their campaign in earnest, and they started by drawing attention to the Pilgrim Monument, a 252-foot tower that makes a grand statement. For those who are curious, Provincetown was the place where the Pilgrims celebrated the first European birth in New England and where the Mayflower Compact was signed, among other "firsts". Some find the whole business a bit strange, including Richard Pickering, the deputy director of the well-regarded living history museum, Plimoth Plantation. "It's very odd that the second landing gets greater notoriety than the first", Pickering remarked, "But for the Pilgrims and their descendants in Plymouth, the first landing place may not have been sentimentally important."The first link will take visitors to the Boston Globe story about the recent attempts by Provincetown to recapture part of the Pilgrim-themed tourist trade. The second link leads to a piece from the Philadelphia Inquirer's Marshall S. Berdan on the excellent Pilgrim feasts featured at the Plimoth Plantation. Moving on, the third link leads to the homepage of the Plymouth Rock Foundation. Here visitors can learn about upcoming events and tours sponsored by the Foundation, and also learn more a bit about the fabled Plymouth Rock. The fourth link whisks users away to a very fun and interesting fact sheet on Thanksgiving provided by the US Census Bureau. The fifth link leads to the homepage of the Plimoth Plantation, which features information on visiting the site, along with some interactive exhibits. The last link leads to a piece from MassMoments.org that recounts a 1970 Native American protest of a Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth.


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