Friday, September 7, 2012

Pilgrim Society Notes : Featured Library Resource for September 2012

This summer we received a gift of an incomplete file of Pilgrim Society Notes published by The Pilgrim Society which maintains the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth Massachusetts.  The Notes were published in 32 issues between 1954 and 1984.  (In 1985 the Society began to publish Pilgrim Journal instead.)  Each issue deals with a special topic, anywhere from 6 pages to 12 or more.  We have 16 of the 32 issues, and if anyone in the CCGS could fill in our gaps, I'd love to hear from you.

The topics in Pilgrim Society Notes relate to Plymouth Colony, though there is one issue that deals with modern Plymouth, specifically the use of scrip in the aftermath of the 1930s Great Depression.  Concerning Plymouth Colony, if you want to learn more about Plymouth Beach, ancient place names, court houses, wharves, or early years, you will find these and more covered in depth.  Other issues describe Pilgrim possessions (most interesting reading!), four early Bibles held at the Museum, early land grants ("Pilgrim patents"), migratory patterns of Pilgrim descendants, and relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags.

Our thanks to Suzanne Benoit for enriching our collection with this interesting publication.  We hope you'll make time this fall to visit and explore the CCGS Library's collections, housed in the Dennis Public Library.

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