Plimoth Plantation has received a financial boost for its initiative to enhance the visitor experience at the living museum in Plymouth.
The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded the museum a $260,000 grant to support Along the Shores of Change, a new, comprehensive interpretive approach that Plimoth Plantation officials are developing. The agency also pledged to provide Plimoth Plantation with another $100,000 contingent on its success in raising a $100,000 match.
The new approach is intended to “keep the magic of the first-person role playing and immersive experience that Plimoth Plantation has always offered, while placing it within a broader context that allows us to tell the full story of what happened on this landscape more than 400 years ago,” said Kate Sheehan, a spokeswoman for Plimoth Plantation.
She said the museum plans to align its education programs, preservation efforts, and living history exhibits around the new approach and in so doing to better connect its four Plymouth sites -- the 17th-century English village, the Wampanoag homesite, the Mayflower II, and the Plimoth grist mill.
The grant will help pay for digitizing Plimoth Plantation’s extensive collection of 17th-century American archeology and for expanded opportunities for the public to be exposed to the artifacts and the stories and people behind them.
Museum officials say the grant is timely given the approach of the 400th anniversary observances in 2020 of the Mayflower voyage.
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