The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) has formed a partnership with Bassetlaw District Council in Scrooby, England, where several Mayflower Pilgrims were from, including William Brewster. The partnership’s goal is to strengthen ties, both cultural and educational, between the two regions in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing in the New World in Provincetown Harbor in 1620.
PMPM Executive Director Dr. K. David Weidner has been working on the partnership since 2017 when the BBC Radio Nottingham visited Provincetown and conducted live broadcasts at the Monument. In July, Dr. Weidner visited two schools in the Bassetlaw District, St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School in Gringley-on-the-Hill and Sturton-le-Steeple School. During his recent visit, Dr. Weidner talked to students about the Mayflower Pilgrims. Dr. Weidner’s BBC Radio Nottingham interview about his visit can be heard by clicking this link.
“We have a great opportunity with the Bassetlaw District Council to develop long term connections and lasting memories with the Provincetown community,” said Dr. Weidner. “The goal of this project is to learn from each other through links to our respective schools that will benefit all of us not only for the 400th anniversary commemorations but also for years to come.”
Dr. Weidner will be working with Provincetown Schools to develop programs such as teacher exchanges, student interactions and creating materials specific to teaching this important time in history.
During his July visit, Dr. Weidner met with Jane Lewis, the adviser to the Diocesan Schools for Southwell and Nottingham. In September 2017, Ms. Lewis heard Dr. Weidner’s interview on BBC Radio Nottingham from Provincetown, as he explained the significance of the Monument and why it was built to memorialize the Mayflower Pilgrims and their journey to seek freedom from religious persecution. She was inspired by Dr. Weidner’s interview when he said that there was a desire for Provincetown schools to partner with schools in Bassetlaw, so she got in touch with him.
Ms. Lewis said “it’s not just about the story, but the lessons that are important today: tolerance, religious freedom; sanctuary etc., enabling school children to be citizens of the world into the future and learning from the lessons of the past.”
Dr. Weidner also visited Pilgrim sites at Babworth, Scrooby and Austerfield with Ms. Lewis and Dr. Anna Scott, the Heritage Consultant for Bassetlaw as they explored how school-to-school partnerships might work.
“The residents of the Bassetlaw District are just as passionate about the Mayflower Pilgrim history as we are here in Provincetown,” said Dr. Weidner. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to connect with the towns where the Pilgrims originated and learn how their story has impacted both communities over the last 400 years ”