Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day

Originally established in 1885 by the U.S. Congress to honor George Washington’s birthday (February 22), Presidents’ Day has a long and interesting history, and now honors all past Presidents. There are four U.S. Presidents who were born in February – George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. Throughout the 1800s, Washington’s birthday…


America’s Hometown Thanksgiving: The 400th Anniversary of the 1621 Harvest Feast

There were only about 140 people who attended the first harvest feast in the fall of 1621. But on November 20, 2021 thousands lined the route of this year’s Thanksgiving parade held in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth Rock Foundation, parent organization of America’s Hometown Thanksgiving and original sponsor was again proud to be involved in…


Reconciliation with the Nauset

When exploring on Cape Cod, the Pilgrims desired to know everything they could about the Natives who already lived there.  What they may not have known, however, was that in 1614, previous to their arrival, Thomas Hunt, an English trader, had taken over 20 Natives to Europe as slaves, leaving another stain upon the reputation…


The God of the Declaration

To whom were the writers of the Declaration referring when they wrote “Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions?” Was it a mystical God that no one could define?  Was it any god at all?  These are important questions in our day.  We are often told that those…


Preserving Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” said Jesus in his sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5:9.  Though peace had been ratified with the Pilgrims’ closest neighbors and their great king, Massasoit, due to past injuries by the English, and also due to the challenge of…


The Return of the Mayflower to England

William Bradford wrote under the title of “Anno 1621”: “They now began to dispatch the ship away which brought them over, which lay till about this time, or the beginning of April.”  Though there are practical reasons Bradford states as to why the Mayflower had stayed so long through the winter of 1620-21, even after…