Take a journey back in time to explore a tale of love, war and British-American relations during the 300th anniversary of the Mayflower journey in this virtual talk with senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast Dr. Tom Hulme, sponsored by the Alden House Historic Site.
Two years after the end of World War I, America and Britain marked the tricentennial of the Pilgrim journey with religious services, parades, musical performances, and large-scale historical re-enactments. Dr. Hulme’s talk will highlight one of the most fascinating of these programs – the pageant “John Alden’s Choice,” performed in the quays of Southampton and a historic point of departure for the Mayflower in 1620. This grand event told the story of not just Alden and his romance with Priscilla Mullins, but the history of America, from encounters with Native Americans to the joining of Britain and the United States in the Great War.
Dr. Hulme is the director of “Voyaging through History: the Mayflower and Britain, 1620-2020” a collaborative project with the University of Exeter and the British Library.
The program will be broadcast through Zoom; registration is required-visit the website below.
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