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10:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Some Wampanoag Tribe Members Leery of Plymouth 400 Commemoration

This image depicts the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620 at Plymouth. Plans are underway to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing. But some local Wampanoag are concerned that their perspective on the historical event will not be adequately told.
Credit Art by N. Currier via Wikimedia Commons

For the Wampanoag who have called coastal Massachusetts their home for more than 10,000 years, the founding of Plymouth in 1620, doesn’t feel that far removed, nor does its 400th anniversary bring reason to rejoice.

“We won’t be celebrating," said Ramona Peters, the chief historical preservation officer for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. "I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s not many native people that will be involved.”

As Peters sees it, the Wampanoag story and the Pilgrim story -- they can’t be put on the same stage.

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Preparing for the Plymouth 400th Anniversary
7:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Archaeologists Searching for Wall the Pilgrims Built

Eric Johnson and Xinli Huang, part of the team excavating at Burial Hill.
Cynthia Snow

 It’s still six years away, but already plans are being made in Plymouth for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower. All this month, a group of students from UMass-Boston are busy digging on the north side of Burial Hill Cemetery, site of the original Pilgrim settlement. It’s an archaeological dig, a collaboration between Plimoth Plantation and the university. They’re searching for parts of a wall – what they call a palisade – that surrounded the original Plymouth settlement

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Charles W. Morgan Whaleboat
5:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Vineyard Boatyard Builds Charles W. Morgan Whaleboat Reproduction

Luisa Hufstader/WCAI

A boatyard on Martha’s Vineyard played a part in the restoration of the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan, which is visiting the Island as part of its 38th Voyage around New England. WCAI’s Louisa Hufstader spoke with the Vineyard Haven boatbuilder whose shop produced one of the whaleboats the Morgan carries on her deck.

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Charles W. Morgan on its 38th Voyage
7:07 am
Thu June 19, 2014

History Sails into Vineyard Haven

WCAI/Brian Morris

Vineyard Haven harbor resounded with cheers, ship horns and cannon blasts as well-wishers turned out to greet the Charles W. Morgan when it arrived in Martha’s Vineyard from Newport, Rhode Island. The 173-year old vessel is America’s last surviving whale ship. It’s based at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and recently underwent a 5-1/2 year restoration there. The Morgan is traveling around New England this summer on its 38th Voyage, stopping at ports where it has strong ties. This is the first time the Morgan has sailed since its last whaling voyage in 1921. 

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GROW Education
7:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

GROW Education - Teaching Sustainability to New Bedford Grade School Students

Planting herbs in front of Sea Lab
Brian Morris/WCAI

Many parents find they’re unable to spend enough quality time with their kids during the week. The pressures of work and other obligations often makes that difficult, if not impossible. This is especially true for parents and students at the Hannigan School in New Bedford. These students are attending classes at a facility two miles away from their regular school building, while it undergoes extensive renovations But a new program gives these students and their families a chance to re-connect on weekends by cultivating gardens together. 

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Boat Building Becomes Boat Launching
5:43 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

After 38 Years of Construction, ISTAR Goes from Side Yard to the Sea

Brian Morris

Charles “Stormy” Mayo is one of the founders of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, an organization well known for its pioneering whale research and other types of ocean science. But Stormy Mayo is also an avid boat builder – so avid, in fact, that he’s been building a schooner in the small side yard of his Provincetown home on and off for the last 38 years. And today, that schooner was finally ready to be taken from that side yard to its new home in the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Reporter Brian Morris was there and has this report.

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A Light Shining From the Past
8:33 am
Thu June 12, 2014

As the Whaler Charles W. Morgan Returns, a Long Lost Lamp Waits to Go Home

Longtime Marion barber Al Hamer says a man gave him the lamp back in the late 1960s, telling him it was taken from the captain's quarters on the Morgan nearly 30 years earlier.
Credit Photo by Don Cuddy

The Charles W Morgan is currently undergoing sea trials off New London, as America’s only surviving whaler prepares for this month’s cruise to New Bedford and Vineyard Haven. Harbor Master Mike Cormier says it was the buzz generated by the Morgan’s restoration that resulted in the lamp’s rediscovery.

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Mill Hill Club Demolition
4:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Farewell To A Cape Cod Entertainment Landmark

The Demolition Begins
WCAI/Brian Morris

On Route 28 in Yarmouth -- a Cape Cod thoroughfare lined with taffy shops and seafood-themed restaurants -- is a large hulk of a building long past its heyday that most everyone agrees needs to go away. But not so long ago, this eyesore was known as the Mill Hill Club. It was an entertainment venue, and back during the 1970s and ‘80s, the club was as good a reason to come to Cape Cod as the beaches. But this Tuesday morning, town officials and representatives from the business community began smashing at it with sledgehammers. And then the bulldozer took over.

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In Our Schools
4:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Major Demographic Shifts Hit Nantucket Schools

Credit Jason Graziadei

It’s a Tuesday morning at Nantucket Elementary School.  Buses are arriving. Students and teachers are streaming into the main lobby preparing for another day of classes.

These are the sights and sounds of a typical Massachusetts elementary school. Except, not quite. 

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South Coast Reporting
12:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Oinks, Bahs, and Clucks: Fairhaven Livestock Auction a Gathering Spot for Animals and Farmers

In years past most of southeastern Massachusetts was farmland - livestock dotted every field. Nowadays pressure from business and residential development has consumed large tracts of open space. But farm life has not disappeared entirely from Fairhaven. In fact, along with Littleton, Whatley and Swansea, the town still hosts a livestock auction that is a lot more than a remembrance of things past.

“We’ve been doing auction,” said Richie Costa. “This October will be eleven years.”

Costa and his wife Donna own one of the few remaining family farms in town.

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