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Tourism Cares pledges to bring volunteers to Plymouth

BOSTON, Mass. – The site that honors America’s first pilgrims will have some aesthetic help on September 26 and 27, 2013. Tourism Cares, a nonprofit organization promoting the preservation of important tourism sites, announced a restoration project for Plimoth Plantation, a New England living museum dedicated to telling the story of the Plymouth Colony.

Tourism Cares will gather travel industry professionals to the site to help with various projects chosen by the Plimoth Plantation staff. Volunteers will help rebuild the English Village palisade, landscape the Wampanoag Homesite and paint other sites. The maintenance will allow the museum’s staff to focus on upcoming projects happening in 2020 as part of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.

“We are very grateful for the support of Tourism Cares,” said Ellie Donovan, executive director of Plimoth Plantation. “Plimoth Plantation is not only one of the nation’s foremost living history museums, but also a vibrant civic space where people of all ages discover the past, experience the present and help to build the future. The generosity and willingness of our friends in the tourism industry who will literally roll up their sleeves and dig into critical maintenance projects is inspiring.”

The museum’s 130-acre campus includes the Visitors Center, Wampanoag Homesite, 17th Century English Village, Craft Center and other historic buildings. The site also contains Mayflower II, a replica of the 17th-century merchant ship Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620.

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