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400 years commemoration Pilgrim Fathers.


John W. Kitz <John.Kitz-gen@...>
 

To whom it may interest,

 

The Hague, 31 August 2020 - In 1620 a group of religious English refugees travel to America with the ship the Mayflower. There they founded the colony of Plymouth. About 50 of them came from Leiden, where they lived for nine years. For the first time, Native Americans, descendants of the original inhabitants, were involved in the commemoration, in addition to the Netherlands, England and the United States.

 

Proud

The so-called Pilgrim Fathers are often seen as the founders of the current United States. The journey of the Pilgrim Fathers and the foundation of the colony of Plymouth in America is celebrated and commemorated internationally on previous anniversaries. Central to this is the pride in the tolerant, liberal and hospitable Netherlands, the courage of the settlers and the beginning of the democratic American state that would be due to the Pilgrim Fathers. And all this inspired and influenced by the Dutch years of the Pilgrim Fathers in Leiden.

 

Extensive festivities

In the National Archives the commemorations with letters from committees, festive programs, commemorative books, leaflets and speeches have been preserved. The jubilee is celebrated festively and extensively in 1920 and 1970 with dinners, boat trips, hiking trails, sports competitions, church services, exhibitions, congresses, receptions, folk dances, essay competitions, flower shows, shopping weeks, and last but not least: Thanksgiving Day dinners for Americans, Dutch and English.

 

Thanksgiving Day

In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. The fourth Thursday in November is thus forever linked to the first harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers together with the locals, the Wampanoags, in 1621. It is a romanticized story based on a myth with a small core of truth. The reality is that the arrival of the settlers later on has many negative consequences for the Native Americans: diseases and wars drastically reduce the number of original inhabitants and their habitat. In the early 70's several leaders of the Native Nations proclaim Thanksgiving Day to be Day of Mourning.

 

Commemoration

Also this year the jubilee 400 years Mayflower will be extensively commemorated at home and abroad. The Native Nations are not only part of this, but their history and perspective also play an important role. Leiden University organized an international conference at the end of August: Four Nations Commemoration, 1620-2020 in which the nationalistic starting point makes way for more inclusiveness. A life-size difference from the past.

 

Source: An article in Dutch on the website of The National Archives of the Netherlands (https://www.nationaalarchief.nl/beleven/nieuws/400-jaar-herdenking-pilgrim-fathers), translated by yours truly using deepl.com.


Carol Dallas
 

Thank you for sharing this.

Carol Dallas

On Saturday, September 19, 2020, 01:34:12 AM PDT, John W. Kitz <john.kitz-gen@...> wrote:


To whom it may interest,

 

The Hague, 31 August 2020 - In 1620 a group of religious English refugees travel to America with the ship the Mayflower. There they founded the colony of Plymouth. About 50 of them came from Leiden, where they lived for nine years. For the first time, Native Americans, descendants of the original inhabitants, were involved in the commemoration, in addition to the Netherlands, England and the United States.

 

Proud

The so-called Pilgrim Fathers are often seen as the founders of the current United States. The journey of the Pilgrim Fathers and the foundation of the colony of Plymouth in America is celebrated and commemorated internationally on previous anniversaries. Central to this is the pride in the tolerant, liberal and hospitable Netherlands, the courage of the settlers and the beginning of the democratic American state that would be due to the Pilgrim Fathers. And all this inspired and influenced by the Dutch years of the Pilgrim Fathers in Leiden.

 

Extensive festivities

In the National Archives the commemorations with letters from committees, festive programs, commemorative books, leaflets and speeches have been preserved. The jubilee is celebrated festively and extensively in 1920 and 1970 with dinners, boat trips, hiking trails, sports competitions, church services, exhibitions, congresses, receptions, folk dances, essay competitions, flower shows, shopping weeks, and last but not least: Thanksgiving Day dinners for Americans, Dutch and English.

 

Thanksgiving Day

In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. The fourth Thursday in November is thus forever linked to the first harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers together with the locals, the Wampanoags, in 1621. It is a romanticized story based on a myth with a small core of truth. The reality is that the arrival of the settlers later on has many negative consequences for the Native Americans: diseases and wars drastically reduce the number of original inhabitants and their habitat. In the early 70's several leaders of the Native Nations proclaim Thanksgiving Day to be Day of Mourning.

 

Commemoration

Also this year the jubilee 400 years Mayflower will be extensively commemorated at home and abroad. The Native Nations are not only part of this, but their history and perspective also play an important role. Leiden University organized an international conference at the end of August: Four Nations Commemoration, 1620-2020 in which the nationalistic starting point makes way for more inclusiveness. A life-size difference from the past.

 

Source: An article in Dutch on the website of The National Archives of the Netherlands (https://www.nationaalarchief.nl/beleven/nieuws/400-jaar-herdenking-pilgrim-fathers), translated by yours truly using deepl.com.


JACK HACKER
 


John,
Thank you for the information.
I had 4 ancestors that came on the Mayflower plus Alice Carpenter Southworth, William Bradford's 2nd wife who arrived a year later. 
Carole

On 09/19/2020 4:34 AM John W. Kitz <john.kitz-gen@...> wrote:


To whom it may interest,


The Hague, 31 August 2020 - In 1620 a group of religious English refugees travel to America with the ship the Mayflower. There they founded the colony of Plymouth. About 50 of them came from Leiden, where they lived for nine years. For the first time, Native Americans, descendants of the original inhabitants, were involved in the commemoration, in addition to the Netherlands, England and the United States.


Proud

The so-called Pilgrim Fathers are often seen as the founders of the current United States. The journey of the Pilgrim Fathers and the foundation of the colony of Plymouth in America is celebrated and commemorated internationally on previous anniversaries. Central to this is the pride in the tolerant, liberal and hospitable Netherlands, the courage of the settlers and the beginning of the democratic American state that would be due to the Pilgrim Fathers. And all this inspired and influenced by the Dutch years of the Pilgrim Fathers in Leiden.


Extensive festivities

In the National Archives the commemorations with letters from committees, festive programs, commemorative books, leaflets and speeches have been preserved. The jubilee is celebrated festively and extensively in 1920 and 1970 with dinners, boat trips, hiking trails, sports competitions, church services, exhibitions, congresses, receptions, folk dances, essay competitions, flower shows, shopping weeks, and last but not least: Thanksgiving Day dinners for Americans, Dutch and English.


Thanksgiving Day

In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. The fourth Thursday in November is thus forever linked to the first harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers together with the locals, the Wampanoags, in 1621. It is a romanticized story based on a myth with a small core of truth. The reality is that the arrival of the settlers later on has many negative consequences for the Native Americans: diseases and wars drastically reduce the number of original inhabitants and their habitat. In the early 70's several leaders of the Native Nations proclaim Thanksgiving Day to be Day of Mourning.


Commemoration

Also this year the jubilee 400 years Mayflower will be extensively commemorated at home and abroad. The Native Nations are not only part of this, but their history and perspective also play an important role. Leiden University organized an international conference at the end of August: Four Nations Commemoration, 1620-2020 in which the nationalistic starting point makes way for more inclusiveness. A life-size difference from the past.


Source: An article in Dutch on the website of The National Archives of the Netherlands (https://www.nationaalarchief.nl/beleven/nieuws/400-jaar-herdenking-pilgrim-fathers), translated by yours truly using deepl.com.


Hanneke
 

If you are interested in this history, then this small museum run by Jeremy Bangs in Leiden, may be of interest to you. http://www.leidenamericanpilgrimmuseum.org/index.htm
Hanneke