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This one’s for Lisa

December 5th, 2008 by admin

Recently a very good friend of mine left the employ of Plimoth Plantation. I suppose it is in the growing and shrinking pains of any organic thing that some pains hurt more than others. As this is my fourth time at this institution I am certainly no stranger to its occasional difficulties.

I won’t make this a eulogy for her leaving but rather a celebration of her time with us. Lisa was tireless. It was obvious at times that the amount of work she took on would sometimes take its toll on her health. And still she would, to quote Col. Slade in “Scent of a Woman”, tango on. At a recent annual fete (The Crappies Awards, where front line staff lampoon everyone who isn’t us), many people from our near and distant past came to honor Lisa. Many who could not attend sent letters outlining how Lisa had touched their lives. There were, of course, tears and cheers (and beers).

Most of you will never know how much we lost with her leaving and I hope it is our intention to make sure you never do. We who remain still have a job to do. As difficult as it will be, our mission is to cull from each other as much of her vast intellectual capitol as we are able and give it all to you.

I’m sorry, I am seldom without words. So let me close this brief post, one far too short to work as tribute, but I admit as I write this the words grow blurry. I will end by simply saying:

Thank you, Lisa.


7 Responses to “This one’s for Lisa”

  1. Shelley-Jo says:

    Now you’ve made me cry again. Oh Buddy, you said just enough, because no one could ever say enough about Lisa. I don’t know what our pilgrim lives will be like with out her, time will tell. I’m certainly willing to do her justice by continuing on, honoring the training, encouragement and guidance she gave me. Thank you Lisa.

  2. Moira says:

    Thank You, Lisa.

  3. Stacy says:

    Yes thank you Lisa for everything you have done and I know what ever you decide to do in the future you’ll put as much intelligence, spark, and wit as you have with your work here. You are irreplaceable but we will try our best to continue the work you have started here.

    We will miss the head cow. (meaning she really was the head of the cow herd here, not as an insult.)

  4. Leslie says:

    Thank you, Lisa!

  5. Kudos to LISA-Someone special-that has left her mark forever-Your ENERGY boundless-Someone that makes you SMILE-MEETING-takes on a whole new twist-As you embark on your new destination-just know how many peoples lives youve impacted-ALL the best-ALWAYS_to the HEART and SOUL of PLIMOTH PLANTATION-Lisa-YOU ROCK-ONWARD GIRL-on the upside no more stays-LOTS of admiration-The former ELIZABETH WARREN-
    PS-YOUR montage was awesome-SLEEP in GIRL-You desrve it

  6. tim says:

    I was a child when i first meet lisa. Black monday was one of the worst days i have spent here at P.P. I hope to do what lisa asked me to keep this going. I will do as she asked me keep it going. I deadacate this year to her and all who got laid off this year i only hope we can make her and you proud I LOVE YOU LISA and the 7 other that gave of them selfs to keep us going the best of luck make us proud as we think of you think of us…….

    Tim Turner

  7. Justin says:

    Lisa was, no, *is* a very dear friend and mentor to me and was very much a second mother while we worked together. After digging through at least 15,000 slides of the Village from 1979 to this year looking for pictures of Lisa, I’ve come to feel an incredibly deep bond to her and the rest of the staff over the years, several of whom I no longer have the pleasure of calling my co workers. It is amazing to watch as dozens of people come and go over time, my relationship to them nothing more than faded ink on film sitting in a dusty filing cabinet. Somehow, though, even through the dust, there was a palpable sense of whatever that spark is that makes Plimoth Plantation so special, so unique. Moira’s best advice to me- “Continue to preserve what ever it is that brought you here repeatedly from childhood and continues to bring you here now.” It’s very clear that Lisa was an enormous part of that. Watching her develop as an interpreter and a person through those slides you can see how the Plantation molded and changed her, and how she molded and changed the Plantation. She is a big part of that spark that touched me as a child and still does today, and an even bigger part of what inspires me to continue in this work. To my Mamon, Huzzah! It’s been a glorious time.

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