Mission Houses Museum welcomes you to the first program of its upcoming exhibition: Coming to Hawai`i: A Trunk Show (January - July, 2010). This program is a blog taking visitors day by day on the journey to the Sandwich Islands with the first group of protestant missionaries to Hawai`i.
Today we know that the trip on board of the brig, the Thaddeus took around 6 months to bring its passengers to Hawai`i. That journey began on October 23, 1819.
Please join us on Friday, October 23, 2009 - a hundred and ninety years later as we take you day by day on that first journey. We will share each day's log entry as it was entered. Hopefully, we will then enjoy some interesting and thought-provoking discussions - from how a word's meaning has changed between the 19th and 21st centuries to how people passed the time on board ship to discussions of who does what on the ship. At journey's end, we hope everyone who participates will come away with a better understanding of these people who hoped to make a difference in their world.