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Plymouth Tercentenary Photographs

Plymouth Public Library

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To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims, the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts erected new monuments and its citizenry enacted a public outdoor pageant dramatizing "the history of the life and struggles of the Pilgrim Fathers." The height of the celebration occurred on August 1, 1921, when numerous dignitaries, including President Warren G. Harding, and a crowd estimated at 100,000 gathered to view the "Pilgrim Spirit" Pageant and Parade. This collection of photographs chronicles the pageant, the parade, and the dedication of the new statues and memorial edifices. The photographer was Edward P. McLaughlin, a local photographer employed by the official event photographer, George Hall Russell.

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