A compelling, interactive exhibit, "Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History," will open at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (through Friday, April 27); it will be free and open to the public. This is the second in a series of events NEHGS will host as part of its Mayflower 400th anniversary commemorations.
Produced by Plymouth 400 Inc., and recently on display at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Mashantucket, Connecticut, this exhibit provides important and powerful views into Wampanoag history:
"[It] shines a light on pieces of history that had a signiicant impact on the Wampanoag tribe, their relationship with the Mayflower pilgrims, and the founding of Plymouth Colony; cornerstone events that shaped America's earliest beginnings."
The exhibit treats the 1614 kidnapping of twenty Wampanoag men in Patuxet and seven Natives taken from Nauset on Cape Cod to be sold as slaves for Spain as well as the remarkable story of Tisquantum, also known as Squanto. Other sections explain the the Great Dying, the catastrophic plague that killed tens of thousands of Native people from Cape Cod to Maine between 1616 and 1619, the tradition of messenger running, and more. I hope you will join us for this limited time appearance of "Our Story" in Boston.