Fun for the whole family!

Mayflower 400th Anniversary Boston Opening Ceremony

April 17, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Free Open House

Set sail for a day of family history discovery and explore the story of the Mayflower! Learn about Wampanoag culture and traditions, meet the passengers of the Mayflower, participate in games and traditional crafts—all while exploring your own your heritage.


11:00 AM– Doors open

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Performance by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

11:30 AM – 7:00 PM – One-on-one genealogy consultations (first come, first serve)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Wampanoag corn husk doll-making

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Meet storybook characters Barnicle and Husk

Drop-in activities all day long include:

The Origins and Legacy of the Mayflower exhibit

The History of Wampum Belts exhibit

Scavenger hunts

Nautical knot-tying

View a 1:10 model of the Mayflower and special Wampanoag sculpture

Access the family history resources at our library and archives

. . . and more!

Want to learn more about the story of the Mayflower and how American Ancestors is commemorating the 400th anniversary of its arrival? Visit

About American Ancestors: American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, we are the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.