April 1 through June 30, 2015- Special Exhibition

Captured 1614: Our Story – a Wampanoag History

Before the colony was called Plymouth, it was the Wampanoag village of Patuxet, home of a thriving community of nearly 2000 Wampanoags. In 1614, English Sea Captain Thomas Hunt pretended he wanted to trade, but tricked 20 young Patuxet men onto his ship and bound and kidnapped them, along with seven Nausets from Cape Cod, to be sold as slaves in Spain. One of the Patuxet was Squanto, who later became
crucial to Plymouth’s survival when the Pilgrims arrived in 1620.captured_0
In short dramatic videos, visitors will see members of today’s Wampanoag tribe depict their ancestors,telling the stories of the impact that the kidnappings had on the women, children, and leaders left behind:
Chief Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez reveals the customs of the Wampanoag tribes in 1614.
John Peters Jr. plays a tribal leader in “Season of the Corn” who relates how the men were tricked by the seamen.
Alexandra Lopes-Pocknett speaks of the Patuxet’s immediate reactions, trying to warn the Nausets,and hoping to see the ship sail back in “An Empty Horizon.”
Christian Wessling plays the kidnapped Squanto, who speaks of returning to his people in “I Must Save Hope,”
Nitana Hicks Greendeer plays a young wife who questions what kind of people steal a man in “WhoWill Teach My Son To Be A Man?”
In “Freedom for Fool’s Gold,” Linda Coombs tells the story of an earlier kidnapping of Epanow from the island of Nope, now known as Martha’s Vineyard. Epanow was able to trick the English into to taking him back so he could take them to the gold they coveted. Once back in the harbor, he escaped from the ship with the help of his island’s men.
The text accompanying the show tells us through the angry response of England’s Captain John Smith that these actions led the tribes to “move their hate against our Nation.” The mistrust of the English grew through the years. When Squanto, the only one of the Patuxet who returned, came back in 1619, he found his home decimated by the plague. In 1620, when the Pilgrims settled in this land, Squanto became their teacher and interpreter and helped forge a peace with the Wampanoag. Squanto was considered by the Pilgrim’s Governor William Bradford, as “sent from God,” and so important to their survival.
This exhibit was conceived, written and produced by Paula Peters, an active member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, through her firm SmokeSygnals Markeing and Communications, with the Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council. Peters says, “It’s a story that needed to be told in the Wampanoag voice. We have many more important stories to tell about our history in the future.”
This is the first educational program presented by the Plymouth 400, Incorporated as part of their Project – Our Story, A Wampanoag History. Plymouth 400 is planning the 2020 commemoration of the 1620 Mayflower Voyage, the Pilgrims’ founding of Plymouth Colony and their relationship with the Native Wampanoag. This exhibit will be at PMPM through June 30 and travelling thereafter. The Wampanoag story will be expanded upon each year through 2020.

(Image of the Wampanoag men bound on the ship, photo credit Wes Ennis; Alexandra LopesPocknett, credit Plymouth 400, Inc.)

EXTRA! In this video Chief Vernon ‘Silent Drum’ Lopez tells us about the life of the Wampanoag before young men were kidnapped. CLICK HERE


April 1 through November 30, 2013 Special Exhibition

Fleet’s In

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A compelling new exhibition in our spacious East Gallery featuring a private collection of exquisite Eastern Rig  Dragger boat models made by the late Alfred J. Silva, Sr. of Truro, Massachusetts.  Also showcased are oil  paintings by  Arthur Cohen,     Salvatore Del Deo and Nancy Whorf, and related  objects.

These large (1/24 scale) and highly detailed   models replicate actual  fishing boats from the Provincetown fleet circa. 1950 – 1972.  Additionally, the exhibit will include each boat’s banner that was (and still is) carried in the Portuguese Heritage Parade and the Blessing of the Fleet each year.






photographs of a town in transition


Open from April 15, 2012 through November,30 2012 this exhibit invited guests to take a stroll back in time to discover a simpler period in Provincetown through more than fifty photographs, as well as objects from PMPM’s collection. Photographs in the exhibit, many never before shown, were taken primarily during the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. They show a still robust fishing fleet and an economy increasingly influenced by the seasonal influx of artists and tourists. Residents and visitors are pictured working, relaxing and enjoying free time playing, picnicking or just fooling around.




Souvenirs of Provincetown

Painting by Arthur Diehl

Opening April, 1, 2011, this special 2011 exhibit features artwork from the collection of Helen & Napi Van Dereck combined with objects, photographs and other materials from the collection of Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum.





Provincetown and the Civil War

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, PMPM’s 2011 special exhibit examines the role of Provincetown during the Civil War and beyond and features memorabilia, photographs, textiles, uniforms and a rare Civil War volunteer banner.


Mayflower Room

We have renovated our Mayflower Room with three new exhibits dedicated to Pilgrim History, Mayflower stamps and products inspired by the Pilgrims.



Around the Town

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) is pleased to announce an exhibition of Paintings and Prints from the Collection of Helen and Napi Van Dereck presented with objects and photographs from the Collection of the PMPM. The exhibit uses more than 20 pieces of artwork from Van Dereck’s large collection of town-related art combined with objects from the Museum’s collection to give depth to the subject portrayed in the paintings.

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