March 25 - 1977: Suspicious fire destroys Playhouse-on-the-Wharf in Provincetown

2011: US Mint unveils $1 Wampanoag coin
No longer located on the harbor, the Provincetown Theater is on Bradford Street in Provincetown. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

1977: The third Provincetown Playhouse destroyed

Arson blamed for loss

On this day in 1977, the Playhouse-on-the-Wharf in Provincetown, home to the esteemed Provincetown Players theater troupe, was gutted in a suspicious fire.

The venue was the third in a succession of wharf theaters in Provincetown during the 20th century, but it was not the one, as occasionally asserted, where a play by Eugene O'Neil was first performed on stage in 1916.

The setting for the premiere of O'Neil's "Bound East for Cardiff" was situated on Lewis Wharf and lost to the elements in 1922. On right is avant-garde artists Charles Demuth and Eugene O'Neill in Provincetown.

The second wharf theater was built in the West End of Provincetown and destroyed in a winter storm in 1942.

It was the third of the wharf theaters that was struck by arson in March 1977.

Read a short history here.

2011: U.S. Mint unveils Wampanoag coin

Coin honors 1621 peace treaty between Tribe and Pilgrims

On this day in 2011, the United States Mint unveiled a $1 coin with the theme "Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation Creates Alliance with Settlers at Plymouth Bay (1621).

The reserve or back of the coin showed the hands of Massasoit and Governor John Carver sharing a peace pipe following the signing of the first formal written peace alliance between the two peoples.

The U.S. Mint began issuing Native American coins in 2009. The front or obverse of the coin features Sagagawea and the back illustrates important contributions made by Native Americans.

The unveiling was celebrated at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth.

Learn more about the coin here.


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