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Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum to Host Series of Events for Women’s Week 2017

 (Provincetown, MA)  – September 19, 2017 – Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will host a series of programming for 2017 Provincetown Women’s Week (October 7 – October 13) including Walking “Herstory” tours, “brown bag” lunches and a concert by folk artist Tret Fure, all events that are focused on the contributions that women have made to the town.  This is the first time that the PMPM has offered such extensive programming during Women’s Week.

President of the PMPM Board of Trustees Courtney Hurst says that the PMPM is the perfect place to host such events. “Part of our mission at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is to interpret and exhibit historical materials depicting the important events of the town’s history. PMPM is committed to showcasing the many roles women have played throughout Provincetown’s history and to serve as a facilitator of engaging discussions about women’s impact on the town,” said Hurst.

The events are all free and open to the public except Walking Herstory Tours.

Board Vice President Betsi Corea says that the PMPM is committed to connecting the organization to the community and the events that bring visitors to Provincetown. “The Women’s Week series is a great opportunity to show off our beautiful facility and we hope that visitors will also find time to climb the Monument and enjoy the collections in the Museum,” said Corea.

New PMPM Board member Jan VonFlatern says that the energy and excitement around the PMPM’s Women’s Week Series makes her proud to be on the board. “Women’ Week is a special time in Provincetown and I am proud that the PMPM is presenting such a great variety of events that will appeal to our visitors.”

Event Coordinator Michelle Crone is overseeing PMPM’s Women’s Week events and is thrilled that there is such a variety of options. “This year, the PMPM is rolling out the red carpet for Women’s Week and we have put together a great series of events that cover many aspects of women’s contributions to Provincetown,” said Crone.

PMPM’s Women’s Week Series

Women’s Herstory Walking Tours – Take a step back in time and join our walking tour of Provincetown and experience the impact that women have had throughout history.  The tour includes stops where you will learn about Miriam MacMillan, wife of artic explorer and Provincetown native Donald MacMillan who accompanied him on several expeditions.  You will also visit the sites of the original women’s clubs that were established to create safe spaces, and learn more about the AIDS crisis and how it was local women who became the caretakers of the men who were dying from the disease.  Walking Tour tickets are $20 per person, per tour and advanced reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the PMPM at 508-487-1310.

October 7 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

October 12 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Free concert by Tret Fure – An icon in women’s music, singer/songwriter Tret Fure will perform and also share her stories about being a lesbian musician.  Light refreshments and cash bar will be available.

October 11 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Crone’s Brown Bag Lunch Series – Bring your own “brown bag” lunch and join the discussions at the Shallop Café where there will be a variety of topics discussed on women’s issues lead by experts in various fields.  The lunch series are scheduled from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and are free admission.

October 8 The End of Life Reality – A discussion on how to plan for it legally, emotionally and practically. Hear from women in the field and those facing situations that are part of the circle of life.

October 10 Old Dykes with Herstory – Hear from longtime Ptowners who will share their stories that will delight you as well as make you blush! Learn all about the early life of lesbians on Cape Cod.

October 12 Women’s Week Mystery! – Have a say in a “who done it” with author Jeanette de Beauvoir, of the acclaimed mystery series featuring protagonist wedding consultant Sydney Riley. Jeanette will talk about creating plots and you will get to participate in determining the plot for next year’s Women’s Week Mystery story.

October 13 Women in Politics – State Representative Sarah Peake of Provincetown, along with activists from Indivisible and other political leaders will engage in a discussion of the current political landscape.

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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