Explore the world of Mayflower Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden and early Duxbury in a new archaeology exhibit opening.
Sponsored by the Alden Kindred of America and Duxbury 2020, the open house is free and open to the public. The exhibit showcases artifacts from John and Priscilla's first home in Duxbury excavated in the 1960s with recent research by the University of Massachusetts, Boston's Fiske Center for Archaeological Research. Curated by Plymouth historian Stephen O'Neill, the archaeology exhibit will continue through 2020.
There is great interest in Duxbury for Pilgrim heritage as Duxbury prepares for the 400th year commemoration of the Mayflower’s arrival from England in 1620. John and Priscilla Alden were Mayflower passengers and John signed the Mayflower Compact. Alden House Historic Site is part of the property given to the Aldens in 1627 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008 by the US Department of the Interior. It is now owned by the Alden Kindred of America. The museum welcomes visitors from the South Shore, nationally and internationally for tours of Alden House, the First Site foundation of the Alden's first home in Duxbury and numerous educational programs.
AKA and Duxbury 2020 are partnering to present the town's "Pilgrim Story" through several cultural events, tours, archaeology projects, exhibits and gallery talks to commemorate the upcoming 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Journey and Plymouth Settlement.
The archaeology exhibit is generously sponsored by grants from Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Rockwell Foundation, and Daughters of the American Revolution. The