There's A Pilgrim In My Classroom

Please pardon the interruption of this blog. Visit our blog page, where the conversation will continue from both familiar voices and new bloggers on many topics related to Plimoth Plantation!

We’re Back!

September 16th, 2009 by admin

Chris and I are back in education for the fall and winter seasons. It’ll be good to see all those third graders anticipating our arrival!


Wampanoag & Colonial Field Trip Enhancements

February 27th, 2009 by admin

March is in a couple days and it will soon be time for you all to book your Field Trip Enhancements. Here’s a description from our part of the site:

Bringing your school or youth group to Plimoth Plantation?

In our Wampanoag field trip enhancement, Wampanoag museum educators discuss their relationship to the land and their seasonal ways of life. Participants get a hands-on lesson in working with natural materials, play a Wampanoag game, and handle artifacts and furs.
Our Colonial field trip enhancements take place on our new Colonial Education Site, which includes two fully furnished reproduction 17th century houses. Over the course of the program, each participant gets a chance to play Colonial games and take part in one of the many chores that occupied a 17th century child’s day, such as grinding corn or “laying the board.”

These are really fun activities for the whole family and everyone gets a chance to contribute and join in the fun.

For more information click HERE

Winter Workshops

February 27th, 2009 by admin

Although winter is winding down I wanted to post this so that area schools can plan for next year. Most of you know that museum teachers travel to schools and deliver colonial and native programs. Most of you have had us at your schools. But in my travels I have come to realize that not everyone knows that we have winter workshops that coincide with our classroom visits.  I’ll put a link at the end of this post so that you can read more information about these programs. Just click HERE.


Our Online Learning Center

February 10th, 2009 by admin

Another source that we offer (and hope to expand on in the future) is our Online Learning Center. This is an interactive website for children of all ages in which you get to explore the lives of 17th century Wampanoag and English children. It is specifically designed to teach about the feast that the two cultures shared that has become the basis of our Thanksgiving holiday.

Interestingly enough, the entire breadth of our knowlege, from the English point of view, of this feast comes from one small paragraph written by Edward Winslow in a book now called Mourt’s Relation. He writes:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others. And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plentie.”

So, please be our guests and become history detectives. Delve into the lives of Ahsaupwis, a Wampanoag boy, and Remember Allerton, an English girl as they show you aspects of their lives at the Online Learning Center. Just click here.


Daily Life for Pilgrim Children

January 23rd, 2009 by admin

We have been fortunate to have had an ongoing relationship with Scholastic. We’ve done a number of projects with them, particularly around the Thanksgiving theme (naturally). Here is a link to one their pages that compares and contrasts the daily lives of English and Wampanoag children:

Daily Life

Looking Toward 2009

January 5th, 2009 by admin

The new year is upon us and we in the Education Department are looking for a fruitful year to come. You can help us with his task. We look forward to your comments and suggestions on how we can better improve our programs and workshops. Come here and tell us how we’re doing and what sort of things you’d like to see from us in the future.

Happy New Year,


There’s A Pilgrim In My Classroom

December 18th, 2008 by admin

Welcome to the online home of Plimoth Plantation’s Education Department. We hope to use this blog as a tool for outreach to the various schools and institutions with whom we come in contact. Our goal is to begin a dialog with teachers, administrators and students so that we can all enrich the learning experience of the 17th century Native and English cultures.

From time to time, Museum Teaching staff will come on to talk about the various programs we offer, our visits to classrooms, and workshops we conduct. Our hope is that we can get a great deal of feedback from all of you so that we can continue in our journey for excellence.

Buddy Tripp- Museum Teacher

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