As 2017 comes to a close, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) is pleased to announce that the year was filled with new events, new engagement with the community, new educational programs and for the first time in years, being open in December. Overall, the PMPM drew in 7,000 additional visitors through new initiatives that were created to connect the organization further to the community.
The PMPM started the 2017 season with the first ever Easter Egg Hunt that drew 300 participants, launched free admission on Wednesday nights, offered free admission for both Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day, hosted educational symposiums on the history of the Wampanoags’ interaction with the Mayflower Pilgrims, updated the Great Provincetown Summer Exhibition, and presented a new acquisition of the ledger from the whaling vessel the Cetacean.
“We are so proud of the new events and initiatives that we were able to present this past year at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum,” said K. David Weidner, Ph.D, PMPM Executive Director. “The energy and enthusiasm we saw throughout the summer season from both local visitors and tourists was fantastic and that will stay with us.”
Dr. Weidner says that the PMPM is proud that there was a great response to cultural events held at the Monument including special performances of Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” theater readings held in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Festival, and theater readings of the historic plays of the Provincetown Players that connected to the current exhibition.
Courtney Hurst, who is serving in her first term as president of the PMPM Board of Trustees, said that there are additional highlights of the 2017 year including the live broadcast on BBC Nottingham radio in August, the well-attended multiple Women’s Week events, and the annual Lighting of the Monument.
“We want to thank the Provincetown community and others who have supported us over the past year. We look forward to 2018, when we will host a new exhibition, hold more exciting events and continue to carry out our mission of educating, curating, protecting and promoting the Monument, the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact and to share Provincetown’s history,” said Hurst.
One of the major initiatives now underway is the Bradford Access Project that entails building a funicular from Bradford Street to the PMPM to connect it to the town. The PMPM held community meetings in November and will be bringing the design plans to the town in early 2018. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2018 and completed in 2019.
The PMPM also assumed responsibility for Provincetown 400 and will be working with the community to develop and execute plans for events and programs to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown.
The PMPM will continue to be open throughout the holiday season welcoming visitors from near and far to climb the Monument, visit the Museum and do their holiday shopping. The PMPM will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last climb up the Monument at 4:30 p.m., except Dec. 24 – Dec. 27 when it will be closed. On January 1, 2018, to conclude First Light Weekend, the PMPM will host a fundraising reception featuring champagne, oysters and hors d’oeuvres from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a spectacular view of the fireworks from the grounds of the Monument. For tickets visit www.pilgrim-monument.org