The Delaware Mayflower Society provides at no cost educational materials to all public, parochial and private schools in Delaware. These materials, which are generally presented to students in the fifth grade or younger, tell the story of the Mayflower’s voyage to America in 1620, about the founding of the Colony of New Plymouth, about the Pilgrims, the Native Americans who helped them, about life in New Plymouth, and about the first Thanksgiving. The primary teaching tool is in the form of a DVD which contains these materials. Many materials can be ordered from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts, at its website.
Arrangements can be made for members of the Delaware Society to visit classrooms, sometimes in the costumes of the Pilgrims of 1620, to help present the story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. To arrange such a visit, email the our society’s governor.
The Mayflower Store
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusettshas an online store that carries books, videos, DVDs and other teaching materials about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. Visit their website.
GOVERNOR WILLIAM BRADFORD VISITS DELCASTLE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Our own David Bradford, descended 12th from William Bradford, brought recollections of his famous ancestor to the students at Delcastle Technical High School the Friday before Thanksgiving. He visited at the request of the Math Life Skills teacher, Tom Gears, who collaborated with other high school teachers of 42 students in grades 9 through 12. In Mr. Gears’ class the students calculated the distance from Plymouth, England to Provincetown on Cape Cod and the amount of food and drink that the Pilgrims could bring on the voyage. In the Social Studies class, the students read the Mayflower Compact, discussed exactly what it meant, and spent time trying to appreciate what it was like for the Pilgrims to locate to a new land.
David was dressed in his authentic Pilgrim attire. When he had his hat on, he spoke as William Bradford complete with dialect, using Governor Bradford’s own words taken from his diary, “Of Plimouth Plantation”. When his hat was off, he was giving the students a more detailed explanation about what they should be listening for. He told them that if they listened intently, they would know more about the Pilgrims than 99% of the nation.
David was immediately in sync with his audience and quickly captured their interest. They particularly enjoyed his explanation of the dialect and how the “k’s” were pronounced. They liked the story of the voyage and how they managed the hardships encountered. They found fascinating his recounting of some of the myths that have grown around the Pilgrim story. Now they know the truth.
It was a special afternoon. Our Society was pleased to be able to bring a memorable introduction to the Pilgrims and their importance in our nation’s history to these teenagers.