Hitchcock Academy to Host “In the Wake of the Mayflower”

Hitchcock Academy to Host Presentation “In the Wake of the Mayflower”
Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving with Writer Kevin Doyle and Visual Historian Karen Rinaldo

Brimfield, MA – Hitchcock Academy welcomes writer Kevin Doyle who collaborated on the book “In The Wake of the Mayflower,” printed in 2019, for a presentation with visual historian Karen Rinaldo, whose painting “The First Thanksgiving, 1621” has been featured widely, exhibited most notably at Plymouth Plantation for 20 years, and inspired the book. The pair will share thoughts on their work in this 400th commemoration of The First Thanksgiving in 1621 on Wednesday, November 17th at 12pm and 6pm at Hitchcock Academy, a community center in Brimfield, MA.

Karen Rinaldo is recognized as a visual historian and will talk about the commissioning of the painting and the process involved in creating it, the unveiling and exhibition by invitation at Pilgrim Hall, and its exhibit at Plymouth Plantation. The painting is currently on exhibit at (MOG) Museums on the Green in Falmouth, Ma., on loan from the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches through December. It has been requested to be displayed in 2022 at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA. Rinaldo’s painting has been featured in textbooks, news shows, and history books. Her work has been documented since the early 70's, including a 14 minute video that documents every stroke and the process in creating “The First Thanksgiving, 1621”.

"In the Wake of the Mayflower" covers four timelines: Nauset 1602-1619, Pilgrims arrival and their relationship with the native Wampanoag, King Philip 1621-1675, and the origin of the 15 Cape Cod towns 1675-1976.

Kevin M. Doyle is a retired military combat veteran, as well as a writer and lecturer on historic places and events. His curiosity has inspired him to look for events that may be fading from public memory but deserve to be revived and celebrated by locals and visitors alike.

To reserve a seat for this presentation, visit www.hitchcockacademy.org. Lunches are available, if reserved, for the 12pm presentation for $10/person (soup/half sandwich provided by Panera) or participants may bring a bag lunch. A second presentation will be offered at 6pm. The presentation is otherwise free of charge, though donations to the presenting 501(c)3 nonprofit are always warmly welcomed.

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