The Board of Directors at Provincetown 400 has announced a transition of its organization’s oversight and leadership with the resignation of Executive Director Lisa Giuffre. The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) has agreed to take on the role to lead the organization and will oversee events and fundraising for the 2020 celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrim’s first landing in Provincetown.
“With the long standing mission of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum being so closely aligned with that of Provincetown 400’s mission, it only makes sense that this community’s valued cultural attraction lead the curation and planning of the 400th anniversary events,” said Provincetown 400 Board Chair Mike Glasfeld who is also a member of the PMPM Board of Trustees.
“We are grateful to Lisa Giuffre for having brought us to this point of established credibility with the state and international participants of other 400th anniversary events. We are confident that the PMPM’s Executive Director, Dr. K. David Weidner, Board of Trustees and staff are the perfect stewards of Provincetown 400. The community outreach and energy of Dr. Weidner has been a great addition to our Town’s community fabric,” said Town Manager David Panagore.
“The fact that Dr. Weidner has attended nearly all the statewide and large scale planning meetings along with the former Provincetown 400 executive director further ensures the smoothest of transitions,” said Candace Collins Boden, Provincetown 400 Vice Chair and the Executive Director of the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.
The PMPM had already been in the planning stages of a large scale event for September 13, 2020 where 1,500+ members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will arrive by ferry from Boston to Provincetown for a day of activities in Provincetown including lunch at the PMPM, a re-enactment of the signing of the Mayflower Compact and other events.
“We are very excited about overseeing Provincetown 400 as the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum has been working on 2020 events,” said Dr. K. David Weidner, Executive Director of the PMPM. “We want the world to know that it’s Provincetown where the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed and that it continues to be a place where everyone has the freedom to be who they are.”
“We are honored to have been considered to take over the leadership of Provincetown 400. The PMPM is the steward of the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims first landing in Provincetown, so it makes sense to have the organization’s leadership transition to us. We will work diligently to bring the community together to provide exciting events for everyone to participate in from near and far. We are looking forward to making the 2020 celebrations a success,” said Courtney Hurst, President of the PMPM Board of Trustees.