Let The Blogging Begin

Welcome to my blog. This is a first for me and a first for Plimoth Plantation. It’s fitting that we begin a pioneering effort like this on the golden anniversary of the Mayflower II, as her story is also a sort of pioneer tale.

Over the course of this season, It is my intent to bring you news, views, and behind-the-scenes perspectives– special insights to the life and activities that take place on and around ship as we celebrate the American landmark that is Mayflower II.

It is a jam-packed season for me and the crew of the M2 this year, but I am planning on posting here at least once a day. I will also keep my camera handy and share with you pictures form some of the goings on. As the Maritime Manager at Plimoth Plantation, I have an access and perspective that everyday visitor doesn’t usually get to see and I will be bringing that to you through my pictures and blog posts.

I hope that you find this blog enjoyable and enlightening. And if you happen to get out to Plymouth this year for the festivities, look me up down at the State Pier or at the Museum. I would love to meet you and talk with you face to face.

More to come



  1. Having a great interest in the Mayflower and Plymouth Plantation, I look forward to your entries. I am very impressed with the entire website and the accuracy of information provided.

  2. I’m a storyteller doing a residency in Detroit & desperately need some information you or a Plymouth staff member will know easily. Tomorrow (Wednesday) I will be working with a classroom of 4th grade students studying the Mayflower. They have a variety of disabilities, including 3 students ranging from severely vision impaired to totally blind, so anything that may be introduced that is tactile also would be appreciated.

    My apologies for the delay in reaching you, but I hoped to contact the ancestor of the boy who started the fire aboard the original Mayflower. I knew her while I was still a librarian. Her interest in genealogy & mine in storytelling led her to tell me about the incident which I find described in various places, but he is never named. I tried to contact the woman I mentioned, but must have run into time when she is away from home. Could you tell me if any record names the boy &, if so, who is he? It’s possible that only my learning from her will let me know this. Something I’m sure you will know from the Mayflower II is the description of the squares I’ve seen on the internet where the Pilgrims cooked. It looks like a “quilt” of tiles held together by a frame of wood. How big were these cooking areas & how many did they have? I know the crew had a brick oven they didn’t share with their passengers, but the details on how the Pilgrims managed their cooking is important to my discussion of this incident.

    Thank you for whatever information you can contribute. When I began to realize I probably wouldn’t hear from my local source in time, I asked my fellow storytellers on the international email list, Storytell, if any of them might have visited your site in person & know. One member did, but said it was too long ago to give accurate information, & suggested writing Plymouth.org. Since this is a prime time for taking vacations, I’ve also emailed Ms. Travers & Ms. Curtin so that someone can give me the information I so urgently need. Thank you for your prompt response.
    Lois Sprengnether Keel
    Storyteller in MI Arts & Humanities Directory
    Presenter in Historical Society of Michigan Directory

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