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Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum to Host Live Broadcast of BBC Nottingham Radio 

Program to Highlight Connection Between Mayflower Pilgrims and Nottinghamshire England

(Quilt connecting Mayflower Pilgrims to Nottinghamshire England)

(Provincetown, MA)  – September 5, 2017 – Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will be the site of a live broadcast of BBC Nottingham Radio on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 1 a.m. EST to 4 a.m. EST and will be heard live on their morning breakfast program.  The radio station is coming to the U.S. as part of BBC Radio Nottingham’s campaign for the region of Nottinghamshire to reclaim the history of the Mayflower Pilgrim Fathers.  The program will be broadcast live and heard online at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_nottingham

“We are really excited to be able to tell this incredible story of Nottinghamshire people and the journey they made.  As the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in the New World in Provincetown approaches in 2020, BBC Nottingham wants to raise awareness that many of the Pilgrims, including their leader William Brewster, originally came from Scrooby and surrounding villages of North Nottinghamshire, England.  Our listeners have heard about the story from a Nottinghamshire perspective – we want to find out what happened when they arrived, and how people in the US feel about the story,” said BBC Nottingham Producer Gemma Wilkinson.

PMPM Executive Director K. David Weidner, Ph.D will be a guest on the live broadcast. “The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is excited to host this historic broadcast in Provincetown where the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed,” said Weidner. “We look forward to discussing the connection of the Pilgrims to Nottinghamshire and their role in establishing the first democratic government in the New World.”

Board President Courtney Hurst will also be featured in an interview on the program along with Provincetown Town Manager David Panagore.

The radio program will tell the story of the Nottinghamshire Pilgrim Fathers and how they were integral in creating the Mayflower Compact, the seed of American democracy.  In addition to visiting Provincetown, BBC Nottingham will be meeting with Mayflower descendants and will be bringing items of Nottinghamshire culture to the U.S. including a handmade quilt. They will also be broadcasting from Plymouth on September 12 and 13.

About Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum 

Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620.  Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people in the ‘new world;’ which became the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth. At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.” The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and partners with Provincetown 400 and Plymouth 400 for 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Provincetown.  Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.

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