My So-Called Pilgrim Life

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A chronicle of daily life in the 1627 English village at Plimoth Plantation from both a modern and historical perspective.

Up and Running

September 19th, 2008 by admin

Many of us who work in the 1627 Village are glad to see our “Colonial/Pilgrim/Village Blog” finally up and running–if that is blogs are supposed to do. We’re also curious to see just how it actually will run (or whatever).

I believe I speak on behalf of many on our professional staff, who hope our blog will open some doors and promote new and different kinds of communication with people who share our interest both in colonial history and in the way colonial history is told. We’re all grateful to Buddy Tripp for his energy and dedication in getting our blog set up. He’s been working on this since last winter; and without his steady effort in ‘08, we suspect we wouldn’t have been blogging till 2009. We’re also grateful to be following pathways in the blogosphere that have been explored by several of our colleagues: Jill Hall (with her partners in “The Embroiderer’s Story”), Peter Arenstam (“The Captain’s Blog” about Mayflower II), and especially Tim Turner, Casey Figueroa, and others at WIP (Wampanoag Indigenous Program) who have worked with Buddy and provided us with encouraging examples of blog posts on their “As the Wetu Turns.”

Lisa Whalen has already posted some thoughts on the language and vocabulary that we use in discussing Plymouth’s colonial past.  And we’re going to be putting up more information about some of the special things we’ve been working on this year.  Colonial interpreters are interested in a wide range of topics. As we speak “in character” with museum guests in the 1627 Village (sometimes more than 2000 a day), we want to avoid “breaking character” in order to be faithful in expressing the attitudes as well as the experience of colonists who lived here almost four centuries ago.  This blog will enable our modern audience to connect with us from many new angles.

John K.

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2 Responses to “Up and Running”

  1. tim says:

    hey jon,

    No problem we were happy to help you I hope we can have the same subject we can blog about at the same time on our blog to give two looks at the 17th century,
    thanks

  2. Rick Currier says:

    Hi John,

    I’m so excited to see this blog! What a great idea!

    I knew they weren’t going to get rid of you that easy. I was struck by Buddy’s closing comment in his contribution that “it’s good to be home”. They say that there is no such thing as a former marine. “Once a marine, always a marine” and all that. For my part, I think that this is also true of colonial interpreters. It’s a thing that is in my blood and always will be. As I drive around the countryside putting up satellite dishes (you do what you have to do on the frontier), I still find myself looking for ways to make my character’s interpretation better. For example, it occurs to me living in a place where real farmers are really struggling to hang on, that my characters were never stressed out enough about certain things. (If you put hay away wet, not only does it get moldy, it can and does burn barns down via spontaneous combustion. Billington,Standish et al should have been way more concerned about this sort of thing.)

    There is no other place like Plimoth Plantation. (I always have and always will refuse to call the place P.P.)I’ve pretty much given up on the organisation that I’ve been involved with for the last year. So much needs to change for it to be anything more than a quaint little collection of disorganised junk mixed in with unnecesary modern intrusions that would make any 1st year interpreters blood curdle. Those in charge are unwilling to accept any kind of advise or constructive critisim. Part of the problem is money, part of it is mission statement, but most of it is attitude and the guarding of territory. I think I’ve finally learned that stomping my feet and holding my breath will get me nowhere, so I’ll enjoy living here because it’s a beautiful spot until I can buy my own place and move on.

    Well, I’ve probably spouted off more than I should have over public cyberspace, so I’ll shut up for now, but my thoughts are with all of you.

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