Beyond the Mayflower

New Voices from Early America

July 26- August 9, 2020

Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth MA

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Explore new voices and historical perspectives that are rapidly changing the way we understand and teach Indigenous and colonial history and its continued significance today. Join Plimoth Plantation and expert faculty from colleges, universities, and tribal communities across the country for a two-week NEH Summer Institute for Teachers July 26 - August 9, 2020.

This institute will bring together innovative thought leaders from the nation’s classrooms, dig sites, archives, and museums in the place where Mayflower’s arrival set in motion a series of events that permanently changed a complex and interconnected network of Indigenous communities, each with its own rich cultural traditions, challenges, and aspirations. This humanities-driven historical case study uses a diverse set of primary sources including archaeology, landscape, material culture, oral history, and written documents to reveal how an Indigenous-colonial regional landscape was built, evolved through collaboration and conflict, and ultimately dissolved politically and culturally.

Institute Faculty

    • Dr. Lisa Heuvel (Christopher Newport University), Institute Co-Director
    • Darius Coombs (Plimoth Plantation), Institute Co-Director
    • Lee Blake (New Bedford Historical Society)
    • Dr. Lisa Brooks (Amherst College)
    • Dr. Linford Fisher (Brown University)
    • Dr. Katherine Grandjean (Wellsley College)
    • Dr. Nitana Hicks Greendeer (Brown University)
    • Dr. David Landon (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
    • Dr. Kathryn Ness
    • Dr. Jean M. O`Brien (University of Minnestoa)
    • Vicki Oman (Plimoth Plantation)
    • Jonathan Perry (Councilman for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah))
    • Richard Pickering (Plimoth Plantation)
    • Rob Powers (Plymouth Public Schools)
    • Dr. Lisa Wilson (Connecticut College emeritus)
    • Dr. J. Cedric Woods (University of Massachusetts, Boston)