One focus of the Society is the Cape Ann crew of Thomas Gardner1 that arrived in the 1623/24 time frame. Prior to that, there were other sites with activity: Plymouth (1620), Provincetown (1620), and Weymouth (1622).2 After Gloucester (Cape Ann), we can list Chelsea (1624), Quincy (1625), Salem (1626), Charleston (1628), Lynn (1629), Saugus (1629), Manchester-by-the-Sea (1629), and Marblehead (1629).3 All of these were prior to the arrival of John Winthrop in 1630.4 In 2008, Executive Order No. 502 established a Commission to plan the commerative activities.5 A recent meeting in Salem at the Hawthorne Hotel brought together the planners from several of the cities.6

1. See Cape Ann, Retrospective.
2. See Massachusetts 400.
3. See Timeline of settlement.
4. See John Winthrop.
5. See Massachusetts Executive Orders.
6. See Gloucester 400

Contributor: Gardner Research
The Gardner Annals, Vol. I, No. 1 (August 2014)
Gardner's Beacon, Vol. IV, Nos. 3, 4 (2014)
Chronicles of Old Salem, 1948, F.D. Robotti, Bonanza Books, New York

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