August 21: Mass Mayflower Book Club meeting

The next meeting of the Mass Mayflower Book Club will take place on Wednesday, August 21st at 10 a.m. at the Mayflower Society House.

The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants selects The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony by James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz for a Book Discussion at the Mayflower Society House.

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WHEN? Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE? The Mayflower Society House (4 Winslow St. Plymouth, MA)

WHAT? The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony by James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz

Americans have been schooled to believe that their forefathers, the Pilgrims, were somber, dark-clad, pure-of-heart figures who conceived their country on the foundation of piety, hard work, and the desire to live simply and honestly. But the truth is far from the portrait painted by decades of historians. They wore brightly-colored clothing, often drank heavily, believed in witches, had premarital sex and adulterous affairs, and committed petty and serious crimes against their neighbors in surprisingly high numbers. 

Beginning by debunking the numerous myths that surround the landing of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving, James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz lead us through court transcripts, wills, probate listings, and rare firsthand accounts, as well as archaeological finds, to reveal the true story of life in colonial America.

WHO? The discussion will be facilitated by Peggy Baker, a local Plymouth historian and the Thomas Roger Family editor of the GSMD Silver Books, the Director Emerita of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum, and an Honorary Life Member of the MSMD.

Mark your calendars and start reading! For more information, please contact Cynthia Tinney at cmtinney@yahoo.com or 781-878-5273.

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