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Wampanoag WorldPatuxet to Plymouth 
On Display through mid-April 2019 

Who were the original residents of Plymouth? Wampanoag World: Patuxet to Plymouth captures the vitality and persistence of the Wampanoag people of Patuxet through 10,000 years of lived experience to the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620.  Displays of Native artifacts illustrate craft, trading networks, family and social experience, and maritime and agricultural lifeways.


pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth

Pilgrim Hall Museum’s 2019 exhibition resets the 400-year story of Plymouth with a focus on the lives and legacies of pathfounding women. Makers, nurturers, leaders, and survivors, they made history, though their stories are often untold. Opening May 2019.

Sponsored by Tiny & Sons Auto Glass

Tiny & Sons Auto Glass

with additional support from

Eastern Bank


CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019

Click on a link to explore each month:
FebruaryMarchAprilMayJune,  JulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember


Opening Day – Pilgrim Hall Museum
February 1, 2019

The museum opens its door to the public on February 1st for our 195th 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!


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Saturday, February 2nd-
Bringing Plymoutheans Together: Community Organizations Then & Now

Clubs, churches and choruses all bring people together to create communities around shared experiences, beliefs and interests. Join Dr. Anne Mason, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, in exploring the history of local organizations that strengthened the bonds of community in historic Plymouth.

Tours 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. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


February Kids Week – Family Programs at Pilgrim Hall
with Free Admission for All Kids!
Monday, February 18th –Friday, February 22nd
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Plymouth


Celebrate February vacation week with a series of family-friendly activities for children at Pilgrim Hall Museum. It’s free admission for all children (up to age 18) through the week. Enjoy Treasure Hunts for all ages every day throughout the day, plus special programs during the 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. Get out of the cold, and experience fun learning adventures in an interactive family setting!

For Kids Week programs, click here.

Monday, February 18th – 10 am to 2 pm
Musket Day at the Museum
Presented by the New Plimmoth Gard
Colorfully costumed re-enactors from the New Plimmoth Gard brandish pikes, swords and muskets to commemorate the establishment of Plymouth’s first colonial militia. Meet the Gardsmen to learn about defense and daily life in 17th-century Plymouth Colony. Includes live musket volleys on the Museum lawn!

Tuesday, February 19th, 1 to 2 pm
Puppets & Pilgrims
Enjoy a display of handmade Pilgrim puppets and learn the art of making puppets come to life with voice and manipulation techniques in a workshop presented by Gerwick Puppets. Suitable for children ages 7 and up.

Wednesday, February 20th, 1 to 2 pm
Fairy Story Time & Wish Catchers Crafting
Jane Kelly, artist-proprietor of Keyhole Studio and creator of the Fairy Door Trail, shares fairy stories and guides participants in creating magical Wish Catchers to catch your wishes and hold them tight. Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, February 21st, 1 to 2 pm
Learn to Spin 
See demonstrations of spinning on a traditional wheel with artisan Linda Doll, and learn how to spin on a Q-tip! Suitable for children ages 7 and up.

During Kids Week, individual admission for all children ( up to and including age 18) is FREE! 
Admission for adults is $12, $10 for seniors.
Free for residents of Plymouth or members of Pilgrim Hall Museum.
Groups of 10 or more must call for reservations: (508) 746-1620, ext. 4
Buy Group Tour Tickets here.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Saturday, March 2nd-
Marms & Mentors: Plymouth’s Early Teachers

Who were the educators and mentors that influenced earlier generations of young Plymoutheans? Meet fusty schoolmarms, feisty schoolmasters, and teachers who inspired true learning, guided by Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum.

Tours 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. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


April Lecture Series – Wednesday mornings
Sponsored by Brabo Benefits and Powder Horn Press

Join us for light refreshments and new perspectives on a range of historical topics each Wednesday morning this month.

April 3rd, 10 am, The Bradford Sisters: New Stories in an Old House
Lecture by Carolyn Ravenscroft, Archivist & Historian, Duxbury Rural & Historical Society For almost 50 years, the Bradford House museum in Duxbury described the Bradford sisters, Elizabeth, Lucia and Charlotte, as the "maiden aunts." Their lives were reduced to nothing more than their marital status and relationship to other family members. Left out of the narrative were the vibrant lives they led as abolitionists, temperance advocates and Civil War nurses. In 2017, the museum was re-imagined to focus on the accomplishments of the sisters and 19th century women's history. Archivist and historian Carolyn Ravenscroft speaks about delving into the archival record to uncover not only the Bradfords' story but others as well, including her latest research on Duxbury women who went to sea.

April 10th,10 am, Before the Mayflower - Book Talk with J.L. Rose
Novelist J.L. Rose poses the question, why would you board the Mayflower and sail to an unfamiliar world? Her answer is a richly detailed and deeply researched fictional account of the Pilgrim story, Before the Mayflower. Learn how Rose crafted history into story in imaginative ways, including linking historical figures like Bradford and Brewster with fictional characters through their connections to the world of print and the printing press. Copies of Before the Mayflower available for purchase and signing.

April 17th, 10 am, Jewish Women During the Holocaust
Women's agency is often overlooked or invisible in standard historical narratives. Holocaust educator Ronnie Hirschhorn considers the integral role of Jewish women in the Holocaust, and their participation in efforts to resist repression and genocide. Reconsider one of history's darkest moments through the experiences of ordinary women who faced unimaginable circumstances.

April 24th, 10 am
Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates
Book Talk with Eric Jay Dolin

Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin reveals the dramatic and surprising history of America’s golden age of piracy, from the late 1600s through the early 1700s, including how colonists first supported outrageous pirates, then came to violently oppose them. Copies of Black Flags, Blue Waters available for purchase and signing.

Refreshments at 9:30 am; lecture at 10 am.    
April lectures are free and open to the public. Seating may be limited and is available on a first come basis; no reservations.
For more information, call 508-746-1620 or contact donna.curtin@pilgrimhall.org.

Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Mills & Ropewalks: Exploring Plymouth’s Industrial Past – Dr. Anne Mason
Saturday, April 6th

Tours 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. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


April Kids Week – – Family Programs at Pilgrim Hall
with Free Admission for All Kids!
Monday, April 15th –Friday, April 19th
Sponsored by the Edgar & Pauline Main Family Foundation

Hum, thrum, and drum at Pilgrim Hall Museum this spring with a lively series of activities for the whole family during April vacation week. Enjoy Treasure Hunts for all ages every day throughout the day, plus special programs through the 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. Join for fun learning adventures in an interactive family setting!

Monday, April 15th, 1 to 2 pm
First Light Native American Program
with Annawon Weeden
The Wampanoag people of the region are the People of the Dawn or First Light. Native American presenter Annawon Weeden shares tribal lore through song, dance and story.

Tuesday, April 16th, 1 to 2 pm
Brenner's Magical Mystery Show
Magician Stephen Brenner captivates youngsters with a high-energy presentation of magic and mystery! Appropriate for all ages.
 
Wednesday, April 17th, 1 to 2 pm
Big Ryan's Tall Tales

Dynamic performer Big Ryan brings stories to life for all ages with puppets, music, and plenty of zazzle! Appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, April 18th, 1 to 2 pm
Spring Tales of Thornton Burgess
Encounter the natural world of beloved children’s book author Thornton Burgess, including a delightful array of animal inhabitants, in this story telling and craft session.

Friday, April 19th, 1 to 2 pm
Rhythm Speaks Drum Circle

Percussionist Ed Sorrentino brings the beat with an array of authentic West African drums to get everyone in rhythm! Appropriate for all ages.

During Kids Week, all children (up to and including age 18) admitted FREE!
Admission for adults is $12, $10 for seniors.
Free for residents of Plymouth or members of Pilgrim Hall Museum.
Groups of 10 or more must call for reservations: (508) 746-1620, ext. 4
Buy Group Tour Tickets here.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Backroads of the South Shore 15th Annual History Symposium
The South Shore Meets the World: Cultural Exchange at Home & Abroad
Saturday, April 13th — 9 am to 2:30 pm

The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth
Explore local history during this half-day symposium featuring speakers from area museums and historical societies highlighting recent South Shore scholarship.

$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 Anne Mason, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, at 508-746-0012 or pasm@verizon.net.


Special Evening Lecture with Dr. Jeremy Bangs
Intellectual Baggage--Pilgrim Ideas-Ours and Theirs
Monday, April 22nd, 6:30-8:30 pm
Reservation required.  

Renowned Pilgrim Scholar Jeremy Bangs examines the intellectual world of the Pilgrims in a special evening to help restore Edward Percy Moran's The Signing of the Mayflower Compact, on public display for 100 years at Pilgrim Hall Museum and now in need of restoration. Event is free; donations to the conservation fund invited! Light refreshments served. LECTURE FULL, no admission without prior reservation.


Artweek
ArtWeek at PHM
Presented by the Highland Street Foundation
Pilgrim Hall Museum participates in Artweek, featuring unexpected and creative experiences all across the state from April 26th through May 5th. Look for details at ArtWeekMA.org.

Plymouth ArtWeek 
Girl Power Gallery Tour
Saturday, May 4th, 11am and 1pm
Free with Museum Admission - purchase tickets here.

Connect with the girls of Plymouth Colony in half-hour Girl Power gallery presentations with Executive Director Donna D. Curtin. Did you know that girls on the Mayflower survived the first hard winter in Plymouth better than any other age or gender group? Find out about these feisty survivors and their Wampanoag neighbors on a half-hour history exploration of Pilgrim Hall Museum’s new exhibition, pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth.


Featured Exhibitions
pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth
May 3, 2019 - March 8, 2020
Gala Preview Reception, Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6 pm
Sponsored by Tiny & Sons Auto Glass

Pilgrim Hall Museum’s 2019 exhibition resets the 400-year story of Plymouth with a focus on the lives and legacies of pathfounding women. Makers, nurturers, leaders, and survivors, they made history, though their stories are often untold.

Who were the women who shaped Plymouth? The women of the Mayflower, immigrants to a new land, keepers of family and tradition, risk takers, and founders of a colony. The Wampanoag women present in their own homeland, growers, culture bearers, and clan leaders who became upholders of a way of life threatened by incursion. The women of every era since in Plymouth’s ongoing 400-year history who impacted family and community through their ideas, actions, and example.

The exhibition includes Women 100- A Digital Archive of Local Women’s History, Activism, & Experience, created by Pilgrim Hall Museum to document a century of local women, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote. Photographs, film, and oral histories highlight women who impacted their communities through arts and education, family, activism, enterprise, and public service.

More exhibit details here.

Sponsored by Tiny & Sons Auto Glass

Tiny & Sons Auto Glass

with additional support from

Eastern Bank

Digital content for pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth is made possible by the generous support of the Bruce & Patricia Bartlett Foundation.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Saving the Landscapes of the Past: Historic Preservation in Plymouth – Dr. Anne Mason
Saturday, May 4th

Tours 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. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


Adopt-An-Artifact Exhibition 
Opening Reception, Friday, May 31st 5 to 7 pm
On Display Through Sunday June 2nd

Sponsored By Plymouth Cultural Council & The Plymouth Lions Club

Fifth-grade students from Plymouth's Federal Furnace Elementary School are the creators of a unique exhibition based on their own in-depth exploration of Pilgrim Hall Museum's collection. Meet the young curators during a preview reception on Friday evening, and view creative representations of the museum's treasures during a special pop-up weekend exhibition.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Final Resting Place: Pilgrim Graves on Burial Hill
Saturday, June 1st

Discover the resting places of the Pilgrims in a one-hour exploration of Plymouth’s ancient burying ground with Stephen O'Neill, Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society and Senior Lecturer, Suffolk University.

Tours 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. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


Summer Lovin’ Summer Party & Clambake
Sponsored by Rockland Trust
with support from With Integrity Wealth Management
Saturday, June 15th, 5 to 9 pm

Our annual summer “fun-raiser” supports America’s oldest continuous public
museum – still vital after 200 years!

Pilgrim Hall Museum is the treasure house of our community and a vital resource for history in America’s hometown.
Dig into steamers and boiled lobster from Wood’s Seafood and other delicious fare from Mamma Mia’s Restaurant, at the waterside home of Pasquale and Francesca Viscariello, 86 Warren Avenue, Plymouth.

Grab your 50’s gear for the party of the year!

• Silent and Live Auction
• Cash Bar
• Music, Costumes and Fun!

For information, call 508-746-1620, ext. 7 or email erin.fein@pilgrimhall.org

$95.00 per person / $850.00 for a table of 10
SOLD OUT! Thanks to all of you!

Rockland Trust   With Integrity Wealth Management


Free Fun FridaysFree Fun Friday  
Sponsored by Highland Street Foundation

Friday, July 5th

Pilgrim Hall Museum is participating in the annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. Soak up the history and enjoy family-friendly activities all day – free admission!

Free Fun Fridays is a program that includes 100 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, visit www.highlandstreet.org.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Mister Davis’ Neighborhood – Dr. Donna Curtin
Saturday, July 6th

Dr. Donna Curtin shares neighborhood memories and lore recorded over a century ago by octogenarian William T. Davis, a native Plymouthean and remarkable local memoirist.

Tours 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 of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
The Stonecarver's Art – Dr. Donna Curtin
Saturday, August 3rd

Learn about the New England artisans who designed and carved the monuments and markers on Burial Hill, and the influences and meanings of their designs . Join Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, for a one-hour guided tour of a fascinating range of graven images in the open-air museum that is historic Burial Hill.

Tours 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 of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


PHM 195th Birthday
Free Admission & Birthday cake for everyone!
Generously sponsored by Newfield House
Sunday, September 1st
 

Celebrate the Pilgrim Hall Museum’s 195th birthday with a piece of delicious birthday cake, served on the front portico from 11 am to 1 pm. Free admission all day, open 9:30am to 4:30pm.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
A Blessing Great but Dangerous:
Children in Early Plymouth – Dr. Donna Curtin

Saturday, September 7th

Early childhood mortality was a reality encountered by many Plymouth families in the colonial era and beyond. Uncover the joys and sorrows of childhood experience during a one-hour tour guided by Pilgrim Hall Museum Director, Dr. Donna Curtin.

Tours 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 of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


Lecture 
The Three Genealogists: Rediscovering Mayflower Women's Roots
Thursday, September 19th, 2019, 6:30 - 8pm
Main Hall, Pilgrim Hall Museum

Genealogical rock stars Caleb Johnson, Sue Allan and Simon Neal team up to present exciting new research into Mayflower women's histories. Join us for a special evening presentation!
Refreshments served at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7 pm.
Tickets: $15; $10 members. Reservations required.


Brewster Book Launch & Signing
Presented by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants (MSMD)
Hosted by Pilgrim Hall Museum
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019, 1 - 3:30pm
Steinway Library, Pilgrim Hall Museum

The "Brewster Book," an early colonial manuscript acquired by the MSMD in 1907, has a tantalizing though long obscured history of Brewster family associations, and has never been examined by contemporary scholars - until now. View this rare and unique Pilgrim-related document, on display to the public for the first time, and learn the latest research on its origins at the public reception/book launch for a new scholarly publication, The Brewster Book Manuscript by renowned genealogists Caleb Johnson and Simon Neal.

Free and open to the public - seating on first come, first served basis. Refreshments and book signing will follow presentations by the authors with special guest, genealogist Sue Allan.


October Lecture Series
Wednesday Evenings in October
Light refreshments at 6:30 pm; lectures begin at 7 pm

Learn the latest on trending topics in women's history during our 2019 fall series. Lectures are held on Wednesday evenings and are free and open to the public. Speakers include acclaimed author Nancy Rubin Stuart, colonial women's historian Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, and Dr. Kimberly Alexander, expert in historic footwear and early New England fashion. For more information, call 508-746-1620 or contact donna.curtin@pilgrimhall.org.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Finding Early Plymouth:
An Archaeological View of Burial Hill - David Landon

Saturday, October 5th

Dr. David Landon shares the latest research from a multi-year study of Plymouth Colony sites conducted by UMass Boston archaeologists. Learn about this summer's exciting discoveries of Plymouth's 17th-century beginnings.

Tours 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 of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


Governor Bradford's Journal - A Living Journey Through One of Early America's Most Important Sources
Sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Alliance

Friday, October 18th, 6:30 to 8 pm
Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court Street, Plymouth MA

Enjoy creative presentations of Governor Bradford's 400-year-old journal, documenting the Pilgrims' experiences in the founding of Plymouth Colony. Bradford's authentic words come alive in a participatory cabaret-style evening of song, readings, and re-enactment.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Unruly Women - Dr. Donna Curtin & Anne Mason
Saturday, November 2nd

Meet the women of Plymouth who unsettled the conventions of their time during a rambunctious one-hour tour guided by local historians Dr. Anne Mason and Dr. Donna Curtin.

Tours 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 of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


Burial Hill Tour, 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm 
Veterans on Burial Hill - Anne Mason
Saturday, December 7th

On the anniversary of America's entrance into WWII, Dr. Anne Mason leads a one-hour tour on the inspirational stories of Plymouth veterans over the generations.

Tours 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 of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates, including weather cancellations.


14th Annual
Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 7th - Sunday, December 8th; 10am-4pm (both days)
Includes Luncheon

Pilgrim Hall Museum invites you to embrace the holiday spirit and enjoy a festive weekend tour of holiday homes. Join us on December 7th-8th as we celebrate our 14th annual Holiday House Tour in joyful style. Feel the warmth of the season while helping to preserve the museum's superb early American collection and support its educational programs.

Ticket Sales to Open Later this Season!


Pilgrim Society Annual Meeting & 200th Forefathers Day Dinner
Saturday, December 21st, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor
180 Water Street, Plymouth

5:30pm Reception with Succotash & Cash Bar
6pm
Dinner
7:30pm
Program - Details TBA

It's the 200th annual Forefathers Day Dinner in Plymouth. Enjoy traditional succotash, lively mingling, a festive dinner and a special bicentennial program!

Seating by advance prepaid reservation only.
Tickets on sale soon!

Forefathers Day is Generously Supported by Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor.
Wine sponsored by Pioppi's Package Store.

Hotel 1620     Pioppi's


 

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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