Book Launch Event: 400 Years Since Plymouth

George Mason University professor John Turner reveals a new history of Plymouth Colony in his latest book, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty (Yale University Press). Join professor Turner and a distinguished panel as they cover topics relating to the Pilgrims, Plymouth and the development of religious liberty in early American history. This event will be held virtually using Zoom.

Professor Turner will lead a tour of the museum’s Bible in America exhibit before the program. Books are available for pre-purchase or at the program.

About the Event

October 7, 2020
6:30-8 p.m.
General Public: $9.99
Members and Students: $4.99
Join the tour for an additional $4.99 - Starts at 5:30 p.m.


John Turner

Professor of religious studies at George Mason University and author of several books about the intersection of religion and U.S. History, John G. Turner holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He and his family live in Burke, Virginia, and are members of Burke Presbyterian Church.

Paula Peters

Paula Peters is a politically, socially and culturally active member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and owner of SmokeSygnals Communications. As an independent scholar and writer of Native, and particularly Wampanoag, history, she is a producer of the traveling exhibit “Our”Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History and is currently engaged in The Wampum Belt Project in search of the lost treasures of Metacom, including an effort to restore the art and tradition of wampum making among her people. She is the executive producer of the 2016 documentary film Mashpee Nine and author of the companion book. She lives with her extended family in Mashpee and travels internationally to speak and educate on the true Wampanoag story.

David J. Silverman

David J. Silverman is professor of history at George Washington University. He is the author of five books on Native American, colonial American, and American racial history, including This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and Troubled History of Thanksgiving, published by Bloomsbury in 2019. He is the recent recipient of 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.

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