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What Happens Next?

February 3rd, 2009 by admin

On occasion we get visitors whose curiosity has been peaked by the excellence of our interpretive staff and want to find out more information about the lives and goings on of the people we portray. Often they want to be able to “look into the future” of Plimoth Colony and understand a more holistic view of the colonies history (it’s a financial disaster, a fascinating story of the collapse of a corporation that is not unlike events we are experiencing today).

Here I am linking to a timeline provided by our Education Department (of which I am currently a member):

Timeline of Plymouth Colony

It’s only an outline and I encourage anyone seeking further knowlege about this period to check the literature available in our online shop.


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4 Responses to “What Happens Next?”

  1. Kathleen says:

    Hi Buddy –

    The blog is great — keeps me in touch even in snowy NH!

    Just a quick note about the timeline. This timeline was developed by the Irreconcilable Differences exhibit team as part of the exhibit materials. I edited it for use on the website but it always seemed pretty buried to me. Thanks for drawing attention to it. The FAQs that Lisa, Nancy Eldredge and I developed for each site also have great material but get overlooked as well due to the web structure.

    Miss you all!

  2. avtoledi2 says:

    Keep up this great resource.

  3. lev olson says:

    one item that i think is very interesting (and i do not see it on this timeline) is the arrival (1631) and conversion (1660′s) of isaac robinson, the son of pastor john robinson. he goes on to found the town of falmouth (1660). the story seems to be, the local church in barnstable (congregationalist) appoints isaac to attend the quaker meetings in order to disrupt and convert them. in turn he converts to quakerism. he is run off to marthas vinyard and from there escapes to setters pond in falmouth. over the whole ordeal a local indian says “what kind of a god do these white men have who treat each other thus over an opinion of the unknown god?” (paraphrased) to me the story either tells of the rebellion that isaac has for the religion of his father, or it tells of the great degree of toleration that john robinson had for the opinions of others. “there is light yet to be revealed in the scriptures” (or how ever the quote goes)

  4. lev olson says:

    another thing that i would like to talk about (and maybe not under this entry…) is the importance of john robinson. i was listening to mr. kemp yesterday talking about it and comparing him to calvin… i would like revisit that. i am not saying that i disagree, but more that i do not understand entirely. i do not see robinson as a magisterial reformer (which you would clearly have to be to be a calvin) john calvin took the first life in the protestant reformation, (i am not talking about in war and passion, but cold blooded, premeditated, legitimized burning at the stake of the opinion of another man) that is not up robinson’s alley. nor do i think that the usurpation of the government of a city by religious officials was in his thinking. i believe that he was far more tolerant of the life of his fellow man, weather or not misguided… it was life non the less. that is not at all calvinist. (and i know that robinson hated the term ‘calvinist’)i think that if the colony at plymouth was founded by a calvinist, it would have looked alot more like boston, if they were successful, or wessigusset if they failed (being a mixed company religiously takes tremendous diplomacy). i think that it could be an interesting discussion, for i also believe that robinson’s stamp marked the colony to a huge extent, but maybe not in the same way that most do…

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