My Pilgrim Past

After trekking through Rhode Island to capture what tidbits of history I could glean regarding my 11th and 12th great-grandfather, I decided to visit my pilgrim heritage in Plymouth. According to my admittedly crooked family tree, I am a direct descendent of John Alden/Priscilla Mullins and John Howland/Elizabeth Tilley. Unlike in Rhode Island, where I found a dearth of photographable memorabilia, Plymouth proved to be a paradise for capturing kitsch.


Becky Garrison is a satirist/storyteller whose most recent book is Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues (Wipf & Stock, March 2020). Also, she edited Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resilience (Transgress Press, 2015). Her six books include 2006’s Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (PW, starred review).