A Centennial Selection of Treasures

A Centennial Selection of Treasures from the Collection of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

From a small museum of items documenting Pilgrim life donated by the disbanded Pilgrim Club of Brewster housed in the “Lodge,” a 1910 Craftsman-style Arts and Crafts period concrete bungalow designed by Willard T. Sears on the property, the collection has evolved over the years to include over 3200 catalogued objects and archives documenting Provincetown and Pilgrim history including important American furniture, paintings and sculpture now housed in a museum with over 12,500 square feet of display built in 1961.

From a small stamp to a kayak, the PMPM collection covers a multitude of collecting categories and tastes. It also demonstrates extraordinary depth in certain areas. This exhibition is an attempt to showcase some of the highlights. The Collections Committee, Laurel Guadazno and I have had a tough, but rewarding time making the final selections for Centennial Treasures.

We have made several exciting discoveries in the process and we are looking forward to sharing them with you. Perhaps you will consider sharing your discoveries and treasures with us. The permanent collection is the direct result of the extraordinary donations of many local individuals and families.  It is my hope that you will come to think of  “our” museum as “your” museum. Several of the objects included in the exhibition have been resurrected from the museum storage, and crawl spaces where they have not seen the light of day in many years.