|WASHINGTON — Museum of the Bible will host a virtual book launch event today, Oct. 7, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of English pilgrims arriving in Plymouth, Mass., aboard the Mayflower.
John Turner, author and professor of religious studies at George Mason University, will reveal the new history of Plymouth Colony that he details in his latest book, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty (Yale University Press). Turner will be joined by a distinguished panel for a discussion on the Pilgrims, Plymouth and the development of religious liberty in early American history.
Panel guests include Paula Peters and David J. Silverman. Peters is an active member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, owner of SmokeSygnals Communications and a prominent scholar and writer of Native and Wampanoag history. She has produced the traveling exhibit “Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History and has executive produced the 2016 documentary Mashpee Nine, along with authoring the film’s accompanying book.
Silverman is a professor of history at George Washington University and the author of five books of Native American, colonial American and American racial history. He has received the William Hickling Prescott Award for Excellence in Historical Writing, given by the Massachusetts Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
The virtual event will take place on Zoom from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST Wed., Oct. 7. Tickets are available for $9.99 for the general public and $4.99 for students and Museum of the Bible members and can be reserved here.
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