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2017 EVENTS

Opening Day – Pilgrim Hall Museum
February 1, 2017

The museum opens its door to the public on February 1st for our 193rd season! Pilgrim Hall Museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the year, except for December 24th-25th, New Year’s Eve, and the month of January. Yes, we are open on Thanksgiving Day!


Exhibition – Extended! 
On display Now through April 25th
Tercentenary: How Plymouth Celebrated its 300th Anniversary in 1920-21

Sponsored by Eastern Bank

In 1920-21, the celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth drew enormous crowds and garnered national attention. PHM’s latest exhibition tells the real story of how Plymouth pulled together a Presidential visit, a grand pageant with a cast of over 1000 local residents, and the recreation of its historic waterfront as an auto-friendly park of monuments and memorials. Featuring a 21-foot panoramic view of the pageant cast, hundreds of Tercentenary images, objects, posters, , maps, plans, and rare surviving costumes, Tercentenary reveals how, almost a century ago, Americans commemorated the Pilgrims and unabashedly celebrated America’s early founding in Plymouth.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, February 4th — 1 pm: Love & Marriage in Old Plymouth

How did couples decide to marry in old Plymouth? True tales of local couples reveal changing views and experiences of duty, passion, and togetherness. Find out if love triumphed over all on this guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Wedding Documentation Days 
Saturday, February 11th, 10 am to 2 pm 

Share your wedding stories with PHM! We are documenting the history of Plymouth weddings for our upcoming spring exhibition, Wedding 396: 4 Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present. You’re invited to bring in your photographs and other materials of any Plymouth area wedding – whether from your grandparents’ day or today - to be examined by our archival team and digitized. Your images may be included in the exhibit, along with bridal outfits and accoutrements representing every era since the Pilgrims! For more information, contact rebecca.piccirillo@pilgrimhall.org or call 508-746-1620, ext. 3.


February Kids Week – New Plimmoth Gard 
Sunday, February 19

Join us for family-friendly activities at Pilgrim Hall Museum all week. On Sunday, meet costumed members of the New Plimmoth Gard, portraying 17th-century settlers who served in the early colonial militia. They kick off Kids Week with a volley of musket fire, and offer demonstrations of arms and armaments.


February Kids Week – Family Programs 
Monday, February 20th – Thursday, February 23rd, 10 to 11 am & 1 to 2 pm
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Plymouth.

The museum opens its door to the public on Saturday, February 13th for our 192nd season! Pilgrim Hall Museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm through December. (Yes, we are open on Thanksgiving Day!) We close for Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and January to mid-February.


February Kids Week – Family Programs
Monday, February 15th –Thursday, February 18th, 10 am to noon
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Plymouth

Celebrate February vacation week with a series of family-friendly activities for children at Pilgrim Hall Museum. Bring the youngsters and enjoy lively book readings, arts and crafts, and programs from 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm, plus Treasure Hunts for all ages every day throughout the day. Kids Week programs are entertaining and educational for young learners, and there’s plenty for grown-ups to explore, too, in the unique galleries of the nearly 200 year old institution. Get out of the cold and experience some fun and adventure in an interactive family setting!

Monday, February 20th - Presidents and Pilgrims are the focus, with stories and crafts about Abraham Lincoln and how he made Thanksgiving a national holiday from 10 to 11 am, and tales of young Pilgrims in early Plymouth from 1 to 2 pm.

Tuesday, February 21st - learn the adventures of Plymouth Rock and create your own decorated Plymouth Rock tableau to bring home. Two sessions offered, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm.

Wednesday, February 22nd - explore the everyday world of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans with the unpacking of a reproduction Mayflower passenger’s trunk and a Wampanoag family’s basket. Two sessions offered, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm.

Thursday, February 23rd - dive into stories and activities of the Mayflower’s crossing and experience the life of a passenger aboard ship. Two sessions offered, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, March 4th — 1 pm:
Living in the Shadow of Death: Disease and Epidemics in Plymouth


Death was a constant companion in early America. Without modern medical care and vaccines, contagious diseases like smallpox and scarlet fever devastated families and communities. Learn about Plymoutheans’ experiences with epidemics on a guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Wedding Documentation Days 
Sunday, March 12th, 10 am to 2 pm 

Share your wedding stories with PHM! We are documenting the history of Plymouth weddings for our upcoming spring exhibition, Wedding 396: 4 Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present. You’re invited to bring in your photographs and other materials of any Plymouth area wedding – whether from your grandparents’ day or today - to be examined by our archival team and digitized. Your images may be included in the exhibit, along with bridal outfits and accoutrements representing every era since the Pilgrims! For more information, contact rebecca.piccirillo@pilgrimhall.org or call 508-746-1620, ext. 3.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, April 1st— 1 pm: In Search of the Pilgrims: Exploring 17th-Century Burial Hill 

Visitors often look for the graves of the Mayflower Pilgrims on Burial Hill—but are they buried there? Join Stephen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society and Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University, on an exploration of 17th-century gravestones. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public.  Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


April Kids Week – Family Programs 
Tuesday, April 18th –Friday, April 21st 
Sponsored by The Edgar and Pauline Main Family Foundation

Celebrate April vacation week with a series of family-friendly activities for children at Pilgrim Hall Museum. Bring the youngsters and enjoy special afternoon performances and events, plus daily Treasure Hunt activities throughout vacation week. Kids Week programs are entertaining and educational for young learners, and there’s plenty for grown-ups to explore, too, in the unique galleries of the nearly 200 year old institution.

Special Kids Week Programs:

Tuesday, April 18th, 1 pm, “Magical Mystery Show"- Magician Stephen Brenner captivates youngsters with a high-energy presentation of magic and mystery!

Wednesday, April 19th, 1 pm, “Rhythm Speaks Drum Circle – percussionist Ed Sorrentino brings the beat with an array of authentic West African drums to get everyone in rhythm!

Thursday, April 20th, 1 pm, "Grandfather Frog Storytime" with Mary Beers of the Thornton W. Burgess Society features amphibian artifacts and a chance to perfect your frog calling and frog jumping skills.

Friday, April 21st, 1 pm, "Big Ryan’s Tall Tales.” Beloved performer Big Ryan brings stories to life for youngsters of all ages with puppets, music, and plenty of zazzle!


April Lecture Series –Wednesday mornings
Join us for light refreshments and new perspectives on a range of historical topics each Wednesday morning this month. Coffee and refreshments served at 9:30 am; program begins promptly at 10:00 am.
Spring Lectures generously sponsored by Tiny & Sons
and Powderhorn Press.


April 5th, Wednesday, “Looking Backward: A History of the South Shore,” John Galuzzo, historian, naturalist, and author of a plethora of South Shore history books, captures the flavor of our distinctive coastal region in a sweeping look at its historical evolution. Book signing with the author follows the lecture; copies available for purchase in the museum shop.

April 12th, “Sparrow-Hawk and Maritime Archaeology: The Future is 2020,” Dr. Calvin Mires. Bridgewater State University’s Calvin Mires has traversed Greek and Roman shipwrecks, Swedish warship Vasa, ship graveyards in Bermuda, confederate blockade runners off the Carolinas, and Caribbean pirate vessels over a 17-year career in maritime archeology. With SEAMAHP (Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program), he brings the concept of a ship’s life-cycle to hands-on learning programs in maritime archaeology. Currently, Dr. Mires is working with Pilgrim Hall Museum to develop a new exhibition based on the Sparrow-Hawk, “Cape Cod’s Oldest Shipwreck.”

April 19th, Wednesday, 10 am, “New England Rocks: Historic Geological Wonders,” J. North Conway, co-author of a new book on the history, the legends and the people associated with the region’s notable geological wonders. Rocks abound in New England, with its deep granite veins, meandering stone walls, and many historically significant boulders. Learn more about famous sites like Plymouth Rock, the Old Man of the Mountain and the Sleeping Giant, as well as intriguing, lesser-known features like Dighton Rock and others. A book signing follows the lecture.

April 26th, Wednesday, 10 am, Wednesday, 10 am, “Private Homes in Plymouth: Postcard Views,” Bill Fornaciari, architect, native Plymouthean, and keen investigator of the town’s forgotten, demolished, or hidden historic buildings, is back by popular demand after last season’s SRO lectures!


Backroads of the South Shore 13th Annual History Symposium
Saturday, April 8th — 9:30 am to 2:45 pm
“Church & State: Religion in Architecture & Politics on the South Shore”
The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 Court Street, Plymouth

Local historians examine the role of religion in South Shore history, including its impact on architecture, politics, and everyday life. Four compelling speakers offer a fascinating look at the interplay of church and state in New England:

Margaret Bendroth, Executive Director, Congregational Library & Archives,
“Coming to Terms with the Pilgrim Fathers: How Plymouth's Spiritual Heirs Learned to Love the Past.”
Peg Baker, Director Emerita, Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum, “The Tangled Web of Church & State.”
Peter Benes, Director & Editor, Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, “Three Plymouth Meetinghouses: A Blend of Architecture, Influence, and Tradition.“
Suzanne Buchanan, Independent Arts & Humanities Consultant, “Old Ship & New North Church, Hingham.”

$15 admission includes morning refreshments. Registration begins at 9 am; program begins at 9:30 am. Reservations recommended. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Paula Fisher, Director of Marketing and Group Services at the Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 508-747-0100 or paula.fisher@SeePlymouth.com.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, May 6th— 1 pm
Jane Goodwin Austin: A 19th-Century Novelist's Legacy

Local guide Joyce Poremski offers an intriguing view of once famous 19th-century novelist, Jane Goodwin Austin, who fictionalized the histories of Plymouth families including the Standishes and the LeBarons. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates.


New Exhibition!

Wedding 396: Four Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First
Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present


Special Member’s Preview–Friday May 12th, 5:30 to 8 pm
On Display: Saturday, May 13th through December 30th, 2017

What do you wear on the most important day of your life? Trace the evolution of wedding fashion from the first Plymouth Colony wedding in 1621 to today! Over two dozen vintage wedding gowns and hundreds of South Shore wedding images are gloriously displayed to reveal the interplay of tradition and innovation over 396 years of New England wedding history.

A highlight of the exhibition is a multimedia display featuring hundreds of real-life wedding images from the past 150 years, crowdsourced through a participatory community digitization project that invites area residents to share their own wedding histories. For more information on sharing your wedding history, contact rebecca.piccirillo@pilgrimhall.org.


Adopt An Artifact Exhibit
Opening Friday, May 19th at 3 pm through Sunday, May 21st

Fifth-grade students from West Plymouth Elementary School are the creators of a unique exhibition based on their own in-depth exploration of Pilgrim Hall Museum’s collection. View creative representations of the museum’s treasures and meet the young curators during a special weekend exhibition.

Exhibit is generously sponsored by Plymouth Lions Club and Plymouth Cultural Council.


Nathaniel Philbrick, Valiant Ambition Lecture & Book Signing
Thursday, May 25th, 7 pm
Lecture generously sponsored by Brabo Benefits

Nathaniel Philbrick, bestselling New York Times author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, returns to Pilgrim Hall Museum to presents his latest work,a surprising account of the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. “VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution” brings new complexity to Arnold’s character and raises questions about the challenging issue of loyalty during the formation of the American republic. Enjoy light refreshments and the unforgettable insights of one of our most popular historians of early America. Paperback copies of Valiant Ambition will be available in the museum shop!


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, June 3rd — 1 pm
Juneteenth: A Celebration of African-American History

Plymouth's historically tiny black population included some extraordinary individuals. Celebrate their stories of challenge and accomplishment to mark Juneteenth, the oldest holiday commemorating the end of slavery and birth of freedom for African Americans after the Civil War. This guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, will begin at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.


Lobster-licious Summer Party & Clambake
Saturday, June 17th –5 to 9 pm

Enjoy the best of New England at our annual summer party and clambake, held at a private estate overlooking scenic Plymouth Harbor and Long Beach. It’s a lobster-liciously good time, and a mainstay of support for the mission and activities of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Presented in collaboration with Mamma Mia’s Restaurant and Woods Seafood, it’s an unforgettable way to show your love for Plymouth history and Plymouth’s most enduring museum! For information about tickets, sponsorships, or other opportunities, call 508-746-1620, ext. 7, or email robin.nutter@pilgrimhall.org.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, July 1st — 1 pm
The Loyalist Dilemma

In the Revolutionary era, Americans were irrevocably divided. Why did some Plymoutheans remain loyal to King and Crown? Examine American independence from the perspective of those who chose not to embrace it on this guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, August 5th — 1 pm
Plymouth and the Great War

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I. How did Plymoutheans respond to the call to serve overseas? Venture into the 20th century on a guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.


PHM 192nd Birthday Bash
Friday, September 1st
Free Admission & Birthday cake for everyone! 


Celebrate the museum’s 192nd birthday with a piece of delicious birthday cake, served on the front portico from 11 am to 1 pm.

Generously sponsored by
Newfield House


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress 
Saturday, September 2nd — 1 pm
Gravestone Conservation


Learn about historic efforts to conserve the ancient gravestones on Burial Hill, and how earlier approaches sometimes caused irreparable damage. A close look at individual stones reveals changing techniques and highlights the philosophy of modern day historic preservation. Led by Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, and Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, October 7th — 1 pm
Finding Early Plymouth: An Archeological View of Burial Hill


Many visitors appreciate the historic vistas observed from Burial Hill’s steep slopes, but considerable information about Plymouth's past can be found underground. Dr. David Landon from the University of Massachusetts Fiske Center for Archaeological Research will discuss archeological developments in our understanding of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.


October Lecture Series
Wednesday evenings — 6:30 pm

Join us for light refreshments and new perspectives on a range of historical topics each Wednesday evening this month. Refreshments served at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm. Speakers TBA!


Governor Bradford Read-a-thon
Friday, October 27th
Sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Alliance

Immerse yourself in a great work of American literature, Governor William Bradford’s 17th century journal of early Plymouth Colony! Sign up to take part in a round-the-clock reading of selected portions of this fascinating primary source, penned by one of the most influential Pilgrim settlers, colonial leader William Bradford. The reading begins at 3:00 pm and continues to the stroke of midnight! Includes musical interludes, costumed cameos, mini-lessions in Shakespearian pronunciation, and light refreshments. For more information, contact donna.curtin@pilgrimhall.org.


Community Halloween
Tuesday, October 31st
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce


Pilgrim Hall Museum opens its doors to costumed trick-or-treaters during this downtown community celebration for Plymouth area families.


Rebecca Fraser, Book Launch & Reception
Saturday, November 7th — 7 pm
The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

Author Rebecca Fraser launches her new publication, The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) at a special evening reception at Pilgrim Hall Museum. A researcher and journalist, Fraser illuminates the experiences of an ordinary English family, the Winslows, made less ordinary by the challenges of crossing the ocean and settling in an unfamiliar new world. With the aid of exciting contemporary documents, Fraser brings the Winslow family to life, from their English cultural roots to their evolving relationships with Native peoples in their adopted New England home. Written with the pace of an epic, The Mayflower is an intimate chronicle of an immigrant family’s painful decisions to ensure their survival in America.

The evening includes a lecture by the author, book signing, and 17th-century inspired refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, November 4th — 1 pm
Immigrant Tales of Plymouth

The English colonists who landed in 1620 were only the first of many immigrant arrivals in Plymouth, each with their own reasons for coming over. Find out what attracted diverse newcomers to Plymouth and how they fared in America’s hometown on this guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.


12th Annual
Holiday House Tour

Saturday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 3rd
Includes Lunch at Hotel 1620

Visit a festive array of decorated Plymouth area homes to kindle Christmas cheer, while helping to support Pilgrim Hall Museum. Lunch at Hotel 1620, including a lavish dessert buffet, is part of the holiday experience; price included with your House Tour ticket. Tickets $48.00 pp ~ (purchased by 3:00 pm on November 11th, $52 after that date). Reservations recommended!


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, December 2nd — 1 pm
Tales of the Sea


How has Plymouth’s maritime economy impacted the lives—and deaths—of individuals in the community? Explore stories of sailors, fishers, and whalers on a guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.


198th Forefathers Day Dinner
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor

The Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum hosts the 198th Forefathers Day Dinner on Thursday, December 21st with traditional succotash, lively mingling, a festive dinner and enlightening history. Details TBA!


 

Looking toward the Future!
In 2020, we will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth
(and the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Pilgrim Society).
You can learn more about the plans already being developed by visiting the Plymouth 400 web site at: www.plymouthma400.org


   

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