Contact | Join | Shop

Home > Museum Events

Search PHM Site



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

Exhibit generously sponsored by Eastern Bank and Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac with additional support from Market Basket
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 invited area residents to share their own wedding histories.



Winter Bride Wedding Gown
On Exhibit through December
Winter Bride Lecture
December 6th, 10 am 

Pilgrim Hall Museum’s Wedding 396 exhibition features a special holiday addition this December, the early 20th-century wedding gown of “Winter Bride” Dorothy Lawson of Scituate. The bride was the daughter of Thomas W. Lawson, the wealthy copper magnate who built a lavish family estate in Scituate known as Dreamwold. The estate was the setting for Dorothy Lawson’s extravagant wedding to Henry (Hal) McCall on December 15, 1910. Each of the three oldest Lawson daughters had elaborate weddings based on the seasons: autumn for Gladys, summer for Marion and winter for Dorothy. Dorothy’s winter gown is fashioned of hand-embroidered ivory silk velvet trimmed with ermine fur. It was recently donated to the Scituate Historical Society and has been restored by conservator Marie Schlag. The gown will be displayed from December 1st through the 30th, the closing day of the Wedding 396 exhibition.

A special lecture on the Winter Bride gown, the wedding, and the Dreamwold estate will be presented by Marie Schlag and  members of the Scituate Historical Society, December 6th at 10 am at Pilgrim Hall Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact or call 508-746-1620 x. 2.

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 at Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor. The evening includes traditional succotash, lively mingling, a festive dinner and enlightening history. 5:30pm-Reception, 6:30pm-Dinner.

Featured Speaker:
Pamela Parmal, David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
This expert on early embroidery and author of Samplers A to Z has curated innovative exhibitions at the MFA that range from the glamour of Hollywood gowns to the everyday needlework of colonial girls. Her latest obsession is researching quilts for a new exhibition to commemorate the MFA’s 150th anniversary in 2020. Don’t miss this look at the MFA’s magnificent collection of quilts and coverlets, dating from colonial times to the present, as Parmal considers these intimate everyday objects as sources of history and a medium for historical commemoration.

Tickets are $70 for Pilgrim Society members and $77 for non-members. To purchase tickets, a table, learn about sponsorship opportunities and for more information, call 508.746.1620, x7 or email You may also purchase tickets online here.

Advance reservations required.


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:


Home | About Us | Visit Us | Collections & Exhibitions | Education | About the Pilgrims | Beyond the Pilgrim Story | Thanksgiving
Museum Events | Shop | Join | Donate | Sponsors | Site Map | Links | News Room | Contact Us

Updated December 4, 2017

Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360 | Phone (508) 746-1620