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San Diego Colony’s Balboa Park Event on November 11th, 2018
The San Diego Mayflower Colony held our first 400th anniversary event on Compact Day, November 11, 2018. It was called “Plimoth Plantation West—In Anticipation.” The event was held at the world famous Balboa Park House of International Relations and was co-hosted by the House of England. The International Cottages were built in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition. Our event was held in the central lawn area, near the House of England, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. An estimated 500 visitors passed through our exhibits and spoke with our Colony Member/enactors, all of whom were wearing 15th-16th period clothing.
Our tour was self guided and visitors were encouraged to explore the exhibits at your own pace. At stopping points, displays were presented to learn more about these interesting adventurers who bravely traveled here almost 400 years ago! Colony Members told about what it was like to be alone and on the edge of a new continent. Plimoth Plantation West 2018 was focused on outreach and education. There were multiple interactive displays showing aspects of what was happening two years before the famous voyage and the life and demographics of the travelers. In addition, roving enactor/Colony Members represented specific Mayflower passengers and told their personal stories to guests. We’d love to do this again, perhaps in 2020, so watch for news updates.