Provincetown Tourism Officials Want to Set the Record Straight

KA_Ptown_provincetown_march_commercial street off season_030916_029PROVINCETOWN – The Provincetown Tourism Department launched a educational and marketing initiative Thursday, which looks to do away with the confusion over the first landing place of the Pilgrims, and Provincetown’s place in history.

“Everyone on Cape Cod knows they landed here at what today is known as Provincetown and this is where the Mayflower Compact was signed and they later settled in Plymouth,” Tourism Director Tony Fuccillo said. “But even most history books don’t mention that-it’s all Plymouth and Plymouth Rock.”

The initiative entitled “Where in the World Did the Pilgrims Land?” will help educate, as well as drive tourism for the town.

“We hope this will encourage people to visit Provincetown and learn more about the heritage and culture of the town which is very unique compared to any place else in the United States,” Fuccillo said.

The website is geared towards schools, community organizations, and anyone with an interest in history, and will even include a historical project contest.

Participants will be asked to reflect on what makes their communities great places for everyone to live; and be asked to research where the Pilgrims first landed and their adventure crossing the Atlantic Ocean by using a variety of different creative mediums, including writing, illustration, photography, among others.

Online submissions will be available to the public and will be judged in May, and winners will be invited to Provincetown for a taste of history and culture.

With the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower voyage approaching, town officials thought it was a perfect time to cement Provincetown’s place in history.

“That’s a big part of history that’s been overlooked for many years and what better time than the 400-year commemoration,” Fuccillo said.

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