Plantation re-creates 1627 Pilgrim village

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PLYMOUTH, Mass. – Zachary S. Dumont, 17, of Auburn, is sending two weeks as a Landmark Volunteer at Plimoth Plantation July 22 through Aug. 4.

Dumont, son of Rene and Julia Dumont, is a member of a team that is living onsite and is helping with landscaping, gardening and maintenance chores, costume restoration and on the Mayflower II. They are also taking part in activities at the Native American Village. The team is being housed in a building at Plimouth Plantation.

A student at Edward Little High School, Dumont has been a member of the school soccer, basketball and indoor track teams. In addition, he plays Senior League baseball and Legion baseball. He was also a member of the executive board for the class of 2008.

Dumont was one of the initial volunteers at the Trinity Jubilee Center’s program to pair student tutors with young Somali refugees. He helps them with homework and provides supplementary instruction in core classes. He has helped at a local soup kitchen.

Landmark Volunteers, based in Sheffield, is a nonprofit summer service organization offering high school students and adults the opportunity to perform community service at nationally recognized historical, cultural and environmental or social service institutions located throughout the country. Now in its 16th year, Landmark Volunteers provides each host organization with a team of young people to do manual labor.

Plimoth Plantation, located 45 miles south of Boston, is a nonprofit living history museum that is faithful to re-creation of a 1627 Pilgrim village. The plantation is staffed by “interpreters” who, dressed in reproduction period costumes and speaking the vernacular of the character’s home region, interact with visitors, showing them the crafts, daily tasks and customs of life in the 1600s.

More information about Landmark Volunteers may be obtained by visiting www.volunteers.com; e-mailing landmark@volunteers.com; or calling 413-229-0255.

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