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Thursday, January 2, 2020

OXNARD—2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic. The Pilgrims arrived on the shores of what is now America in 1620 in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children while being able to worship freely and in peace. Undoubtedly the most famous colonists in world history, their faith and fortitude are legendary. Their perseverance laid the cornerstone of a new Nation. The Pilgrims' courage, gratitude to God, and love for one another still inspire people today.

The story of Mayflower and her tumultuous trans-Atlantic crossing, Plymouth Colony- with its tragic first winter, treaty with the Wampanoag People and celebrated First Thanksgiving echoes down the ages and around the world.

Regardless of anything that came before or after, Plymouth is the 'once upon a time' to the story of the United States—the symbolic, if not literal, birthplace of our Nation. This anniversary is not only a commemoration of the inspirational, determined spirit of our ancestors but also marks a significant milestone of America's founding story.

Channel Islands Maritime Museum is committed to bringing the important lessons of the 17th century to life by installing a new dynamic exhibit and creating exciting, immersive experiences at our Family Day on January 11th, 10-4 PM, continuing to further our mission—to provide an enriching museum experience based on maritime history ranging from ancient mariners to the modern marine era, and to enhance the understanding of our rich international and local seafaring heritage.

The Exhibit will run January 11 to March 23, 2020, with an opening reception on Saturday the 11th of January, 4-6 PM.