The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) will be flooded inBLUE LIGHTstarting April 2, 2019, for World Autism Day “Light it up Blue” and will continue throughout the entire month of April for Autism Awareness Month. This is the first time ever that the Monument will be lit in blue and joins the Provincetown Town Hall in participating in Autism Awareness month.
Amy Rogers of Truro, whose 17 year old daughter Anna has autism, spearheaded the effort. “I started raising awareness for autism by putting blue lights on the lamppost outside my home several years ago. Now, to have the Pilgrim Monument lit in blue to spread awareness about autism is truly a remarkable gesture,” said Amy Rogers.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Board of Trustees President Courtney Hurst says that lighting the Monument in blue to raise awareness around autism fits in with the organization’s mission. “The Monument is a beacon to all in our community and a symbol of acceptance and tolerance. People with autism oftentimes are not accepted for their differences and the board agreed that they’re a group of people who could use a shining light in their honor.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States and is a developmental disability that can cause a variety of challenges in behavior, social skills and communication.
Amy has also worked with the town of Truro to put up blue lights at the Police Station and the Library. She has created the Facebook pageLight Up Blue Truroto increase awareness of autism.
The blue lighting effect on the Monument is being made possible with the help of Amy’s husband Michael Rogers and Chris Racine, Operations Manager and DJ at the Crown & Anchor.
WHAT: Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum will be lit in blue for Autism Awareness Month
WHEN: April 2 – April 30, 2019
Dusk to dawn
WHERE: Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, East Gallery
1 High Pole Hill Road
About the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620. Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people in the ‘new world;’ which became the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth. At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.” The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and oversees Provincetown 400, the committee developing the commemorations for 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Provincetown. Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.