PROVINCETOWN, Mass., February 27, 2024 – The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association of Provincetown, conducting business as the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM), announced today that long-serving Executive Director, Dr. K. David Weidner will retire from the position. Dr. Weidner’s retirement will be effective May 01, 2024 and he will serve as an advisor to the Board. The Board of Trustees has named Courtney K. Hurst as the interim executive director while a national search is conducted for the position.

Dr. Weidner has served as PMPM’s executive director since 2017. During his tenure, he professionalized the institution by integrating technology and creating standard business and financial practices to create a more efficient and accountable organization. Under his leadership, the institution fully recognized the importance of the Indigenous Wampanoag people and LGBTQ+ community to the Museum and embarked on a message of TRUTH —  Tolerance|Respect|Unity|Trust|Her-His-Their Story — by creating new permanent exhibits. Dr. Weidner also increased annual giving and donorship to the institution three-fold by appealing for support of Cape Cod’s oldest non-profit organization.

Dr. Weidner executed the 100+ year-old dream of connecting downtown Provincetown and the Pilgrim Monument with the construction of an inclined elevator as well as ADA-compliant accessibility to the Monument grounds.

“I have enjoyed every second of the work we have done to protect the Pilgrim Monument and welcome all the pilgrims that come to our shores,” said Weidner. “As its custodian, it has been my humble pleasure to be part of the rich history of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. It is time for new leadership to embrace the mission and move it to the next level.”

“I want to convey the Board’s gratitude for David’s visionary leadership,” said Dr. Steven Ridini, president of PMPM’s Board of Trustees. “Since 2017, he has transformed the institution in ways that will further PMPM’s vision and mission.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

The Pilgrim Monument is currently closed for the season and re-open in the spring of 2024. Please check the website at www.pilgrim-monument.org for further details.