The 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims
Journey to the New World

June 28 - July 2, 2020
Historic Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Remember Its Significance

They came as a church to worship in liberty

They came as families to establish a new society

Their example inspired exploration, innovation, self-governance, liberty of conscience, a spirit of thanksgiving and future immigration

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Experience The History

A narrated re-enactment of the Pilgrim landing at Plymouth Rock

Descendants of the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and representatives of Holland and England tell their stories

Guided historic tours of Plymouth, Boston, Cape Cod, and Salem

Academy of Arts 2014 Cast

Recognize The Impact

Period and patriotic music commemorating the Pilgrims and America

The role of the Pilgrims in our history, presented by Historians and Commentators

Professional dramatic performance of the “Venture of 1620” presented by The Academy Of Arts with a cut-away Mayflower!

Schedule of Events

Sunday, June 28, 2020

An opening Rally at the National Monument of the Forefathers – 5 pm to 7:30 pm

Honoring the Faith of the Pilgrims

Pilgrim Progress Processional with youth-led worship and inspirational speakers

Revival and relevance of the Pilgrim’s faith for upcoming generations

Monday, June 29, 2020

Historic Tours of Plymouth on the hour – 9 am to 3 pm

Addresses on the Pilgrim Story – New topics each hour – 9 am to 2 pm at the Waterfront

Why the Pilgrims Came – a dramatic program at Memorial Hall – 5 pm to 8:30 pm

Pilgrim Progress Processional with drama and music portraying why the Pilgrims came

Greetings from England, Holland and America—the significance of the Pilgrim’s faith

Thursday, June 30, 2020

Historic Tours of Plymouth on the hour – 9 am to 2 pm

Addresses on the Pilgrim Story – New topics each hour – 9 am to 2 pm at the Waterfront

John Robinson Statue unveiling and dedication* – 3:30 pm at the Town Square

The Arrival of the Pilgrims—Pilgrim Memorial State Park – 5 pm to 8 pm

Portrayal of the Embarkation and Landing of the Pilgrims

Honoring the Wampanoag Native Peoples

Introduction of the Pilgrim families with special music and remarks from various speakers

(* = proposed)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Historic Tours of Boston, Salem, Plymouth and Cape Cod

Addresses on the Pilgrim Story – New topics each hour – 9 am to 2 pm at the Waterfront

The Venture of 1620 multiple performances by The Academy Of Arts in Memorial Hall

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Historic Tours of Boston, Salem, Plymouth and Cape Cod

Addresses on the Pilgrim Story – New topics each hour – 9 am to 2 pm at the Waterfront

The Venture of 1620 multiple performances by The Academy Of Arts in Memorial Hall

(* = proposed ** = invited)

How can you be a part of
the American Pilgrimage 400?

The 400th anniversary of the American Pilgrimage is quickly approaching!

Financially Sponsor the Event

We need your help to fund this event! EVERY amount helps!

STEPPING STONE Level ($40) receives an American Pilgrimage 400 commemorative sticker

PILGRIM Level ($400) receives 15% off all event tickets, a personally signed copy of Plymouth in the Words of Her Founders, and an American Pilgrimage 400 commemorative sticker

PLYMOUTH Level ($500) receives all of the above, recognition in the event program and 10% off all event merchandise (on-line or at the event)

WILLIAM BREWSTER  Level ($1,000) receives all of the above plus 2 free tickets to all events and special VIP seating at all events

PLYMOUTH ROCK Level ($5,000) receives all of the above plus 2 additional free tickets to all events, an exclusive American Pilgrimage 400 Gift Basket and Lifetime Membership in the Plymouth Rock Foundation

JOHN ROBINSON  Level ($7,500) receives all of the above plus admission for 4 to a special VIP reception and quarter-page recognition in the event program

FOREFATHERS Level ($10,000) receives all of the above plus 4-nights accommodations for up to 4 at a local hotel, a private meet and greet with a guest speaker (subject to availability of speaker), half-page recognition in the event program and a VIP tour of Clark’s Island and pulpit rock where the Pilgrims landed prior to stepping on Plymouth Rock

Pastor John Robinson Statue

John Robinson

(1576-1625)

Pastor of the Pilgrims;

Spiritual Shepherd of America

Follow me no further than I follow Christ

- John Robinson, July, 1620

A life-size statue to be erected at the head of America’s First Street, Leyden Street,
in Plymouth, Massachusetts on June 30, 2020, in conjunction with the American Pilgrimage 400

John Robinson was the pastor of the pilgrim church, helping write their 1606 covenant and then establishing them in Amsterdam and Leyden.  The testimony of his teaching was that he applied Biblical truth for the benefit of their individual lives, homes, church and civil government, preparing them to come to America without him.  The Pilgrims journey in 1620 was actually a church plant and Robinson’s farewell sermon and letter are proofs of his enduring wisdom.

John Robinson was a model of Christian character.  His wisdom in apologetics helped believers to know when to unite and when to separate.  His willingness to know when to adjust one’s point of view is a testament to his balanced character.  The life of John Robinson provided an example of toleration toward those who differed, and his leadership is seen in the subsequent writing of the  Mayflower Compact in 1620 and Constitution in 1636.

   John Robinson is the link between the theology of the Reformation and the Pilgrim church which practiced self-government and liberty of conscience.  The Pilgrims were, as they put it, “stepping-stones” unto others.  The Pilgrims, under Robinson’s influence, were unwilling to go by the name of any reformer, always “following their leaders no further than they followed Christ.”

The Pastor John Robinson Statue

Though there was never any likeness made of John Robinson, features from several sources, including the stained glass window from the First Parish Church in Plymouth, will be used.  Wearing a robe, with hands uplifted, he will stand on Leyden Street, where the Pilgrim church was established.

Funding is needed by January, 2019 to allow the sculptor time to create the statue and have it ready for the unveiling at the American Pilgrimage 400 on June 30, 2020.  Its dedicatory plaque will read:

John Robinson (1576-1625)

Pastor of the Pilgrims; Spiritual Shepherd of America

“Follow me no further than I follow Christ” July, 1620

Unveiled at the American Pilgrimage 400, June 30, 2020

Erected through the donations of Churches and Ministries from around the World

Why should Churches and Ministries donate at least $400 each toward this statue?

Each church, ministry, or mission organization that donates at least $400 (for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrim church) will have its name placed in the time capsule beneath the base of the statue, to be opened in 50 years (2070), leaving a legacy of influence of faith to future generations.

To donate: visit the website, or send a check to the address below and mark the donation for the Robinson Statue.  Please include the name of the church or ministry to be included in the time capsule!

Volunteer

An event of this magnitude requires an army of volunteers.  Before, during and after the events, we need your help, be it great or small! Contact us to help, or if you are interested in an event intern position.

Let us know how you will be a part!!