Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Jenney House Museum Inc

  • Plymouth, MA
  • www.jenneymuseum.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate visitors and the community regarding the economic, historic, political, and agricultural significance of the Pilgrims of Plimoth Colony, including their relationship to the Native Americans.
At the Jenney Museum we explain the motivations behind the Pilgrims removal to the New World and the effect it has had on the development of our country. In the sixteen hundreds King James was the King of England and the head of the church of England called the Anglican Church. As such everyone sat under the same law, the law of King James. The only exception to this was King James himself. He was above his own law. He felt that because he was King he was God's representative on earth and should be treated as a god. He was to be worshiped and all in England were required to go to his church. Being a product of the Reformation in Europe the Pilgrims refused to do this and separated themselves from the Anglican Church and developed a society based on the Bible and Biblical law, where God is law and not the king. This is why the Pilgrims are called Separatists.
As they read the Bible they discovered a passage in the Old Testament called the Dominion Charter which says we are to take dominion over the earth. Over the birds, the fish, the animals, and everything that creeps and crawls, but not each other. The Bible also says that we are all made in the image of God making all people equal in the sight of God. The Separatists felt that if we are all equal in the sight of God then no human being has the right to be over another human being without their consent. The result is the Biblical principle of self rule where the power is given to the individual rather than a king. If all people were equal under the law the Separatists could not justify treating the Indians any differently then themselves which led to the writing of a peace treaty in 1621 that lasted over 50 years.

Main Programs

  1. Discover Plymouth's History - a Walking Tour
  2. National Monument to the Forefathers
  3. Conversations With A Pilgrim
  4. Christian Heritage Tours

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Service Areas

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We serve the town of Plymouth and all visitors to the town.

ruling year

2004

Director of Education since 2004

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Mr Leo Martin

Director of Sales & Marketing since 2004

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Nancy Martin

Keywords

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industrial history,education, history, living history museum, corn, mills, Pilgrims,New England culture

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Also Known As

Jenney Museum Inc.

EIN

90-0133398

Physical Address

48 Summer Street

Plymouth, MA 02360

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

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Overview

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John Jenney was the first person in the country to be paid for a service making the grist mill the first utility in the country. Free trade in the United States began at his mill. We have developed a program about the economic development of the Plymouth Colony and consequently the economic development of our country. In 1620 the Pilgrims had a communal system of economics. Everyone in the community worked in the same field and at the end of the year they evenly split what they produced.  This system didn’t work for the Pilgrims. Two people went into the field to work, one worked hard and the other did not but they were both paid the same amount. There was no reward for hard work. For the first three years of this system production was low and they were not producing enough food to live on. They all almost died! In 1623 Governor Bradford changed the system to land ownershiproduced enough food for themselves and then traded with each other what they had left over. We call this free trade and it worked. They never had a starving day after that. The Jenney Grist Mill is a direct result of free trade.

We also tell of the importance of the Pilgrims faith in the development of our country. They based all their decisions on lessons learned from the Bible which not only led to free trade (if you don’t work you don’t eat) it also allowed  them to establish self rule by placing importance on the individual not the government. All of our tours of the Jenney Grist Mill, the original site of the Plantation, and of the Forefathers Monument tell of the character and integrity of our forefathers.  

This year we plan to add a new program. We will create a garden similar to ones used in the colonial days. We will teach planting, harvesting and preserving and include how they went about land divisions.

We are rated the number one attraction in Plymouth on Tripadvisor.com, an on-line travel review website.

Programs

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Program 1

Discover Plymouth's History - a Walking Tour

This program is an educational walking tour of the historic district in Plymouth Massachusetts. Our guides, dressed in period clothing, talk about the people, places, and events that shaped the beginning of our country as visitors walk along the same paths our forefathers walked hundreds of years ago. They learn what led the Pilgrims to America, how they arrived here and why they chose to settle in Plymouth. They hear many stories of their struggles to survive as well as stories of friendship, faith, and hope. History is brought to life and as the Pilgrims step out of the history books.

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Education

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

National Monument to the Forefathers

This is the largest free-standing solid granite Monument in our country. There are five statues that tell the Pilgrim story, including how the faith of the Pilgrims influenced the beginning of our country. Our guide, in period clothing, walks the visitor around the statue, beginning with Faith, the top of the statue, and stopping at Law, Morality, Education, and Liberty . Visitors will learn who built it, why they built it, who maintains it today, and what the plans are for the future of the monument. This is a story of the faith of the Pilgrims, all on one statue.

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Program 3

Conversations With A Pilgrim

Visitors meet our costumed guides who tell stories of family life, economics, faith, and other topics related to the Pilgrim story. An interactive program aimed at educating visitors on the Pilgrim family and encourages people to ask questions and engage in conversation.

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Education

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Program 4

Christian Heritage Tours

These tours are offered monthly throughout the season and run longer, some including a meal and music. Visitors dig deeper into the faith of the Pilgrims and the founding of our country. Visiting all the monuments, hearing the stories of their faith and how it influenced every aspect of the Pilgrims lives. They learn of their struggles and how they overcame them, of their relationship with the Native Americans, and about the economics of the Pilgrims.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Service Areas

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International

We serve the town of Plymouth and all visitors to the town.

Funding Needs

Period costumes Signage  Computer Printer Power Point Machine Building repairs Brochures Folding Chairs TV's  Kitchen needs remodeling

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Director of Education

Mr Leo Martin

Director of Sales & Marketing

Nancy Martin

BIO

Mr. Martin has managed the Museum for the past 15 years. He researches and creates all of the educational programs and conducts most of the programs. He is a known as a local historian who has a passion for the history of our country and volunteers his time to bring the Pilgrim story to visitors from all over the world. He also oversees and maintains the building as well with help from local volunteers.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director of Education

"At the Jenney Museum we feel that what happened in the development of the Plymouth Colony is the unique story in the development of our country and it should be told that way. This is a story of committed people of faith who felt that God was leading them to form a new Colony where they could practice the liberties that were found in the Bible. Liberty not only to worship the way they wanted, but to have their own standard of morality, educate their children the way they wanted, and to set a rule of law that would honor the individual and not the ruling class. Our story is of the people who developed a unique society that resulted in the beginning of self rule, free trade, and the development of industry. We simply present the facts of what motivated the Pilgrims to do what they did and this is the story people from all over the country come to hear. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Peter Martin

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Term: Jan 2004 - Jan 2017

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