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Living Pilgrim Experience, Nov. 12 in Abilene

From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Discovery Center will have tours, music and prizes for guests who want to experience the history of the Pilgrims.
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: The Thanksgiving Turkey makes its way during the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2007, in New York City.

The Discovery Center will host a Living Pilgrim Experience 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 12, 810 Butternut St. in Abilene. 

The event will consist of 40 staff members, volunteers and employees dressed as Native Americans and pilgrims giving tours of what the Pilgrims experienced 400 years ago on their journey to America. 

Mock scenes of the Mayflower will be presented for guests as well as food samples from the first Thanksgiving to increase the experience. 

Opportunities to meet William Bradford, Capt. William Jones, Dorothy Mae Bradford and many more will be joining guests on their adventures back in time. 

“It seems like our community jumps from Halloween to Christmas every year,” Paul Cornelius, executive director, said. “The pilgrims helped establish our nation – that’s history.” 

There will be an entry fee of $3 for ages five to 17, $5 for adults and children four and under will be able to attend for free. 

Patrons of the event are encouraged to dress up as pilgrims to join the experience. Tours will be held with no more than 10 people each time. 

“Masks are not mandatory, we want people to be comfortable,” Cornelius said. “Hand sanitizer will be available for everyone.” 

Music, food trucks and chances to get virtual reality pictures of the mock Mayflower will be available for families. 

“There will be a hay stack for kids to jump into and prizes for them as well,” Cornelius said. “We would love to make this an annual event, Thanksgiving is a lost holiday and we want to do this right.” 

For more information regarding this event, call 325-673-5050 or visit abilenevisitors.com.