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Pilgrims, Patriots, and Products: Selling the Colonial Image

An Exhibition Created by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA)

On Loan to The New Jersey Historical Society

December 16, 2002 - September 13, 2003

The Pilgrims most of us remember from our history books wore black hats, had the first Thanksgiving with Native American neighbors, and died in the 1600s. But as this traveling show from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities shows, their legacy lived on.

Americans in the decades after the United States Centennial of 1876 looked to their colonial past for validation and reassurance in the face of enormous change. Believing their ancestors led "purer lives," Americans began to embrace the objects and imagery of the 17th and 18th centuries with enthusiasm. And the use of colonial names and imagery is still very much with us today.

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