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2017 PAST EVENTS

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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

Exhibit generously sponsored by Eastern Bank and Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac with additional support from Market Basket

Special Member’s Preview–Friday May 12th, 5:30 to 8 pm
Reception sponsor - Mirbeau Inn & Spa Pinehills
Champagne toast - Pioppi's Package Store

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.


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
Wednesday, May 31st, 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!
Advance reservations required. SORRY, SOLD OUT! for more info, contact denise.giblin@pilgrimhall.org.


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
Sponsored by Blue Hills Bank

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. SOLD OUT!


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.


Free Fun Friday!
Friday, July 7, 2017 – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sponsored by Highland Street Foundation

Pilgrim Hall Museum is participating in the 9th annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by Highland Street Foundation. On Friday, July 7, 2017 Pilgrim Hall Museum will open its doors at no cost to visitors from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The Highland Street Foundation’s “Free Fun Fridays” summer program provides no cost admission to 85 treasured cultural institutions throughout Massachusetts, for 10 weeks beginning on Friday, June 23. For more information and a full schedule, please visit: HighlandStreet.org  


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 193rd Birthday Bash
Friday, September 1st
Free Admission & Birthday cake for everyone! 


Celebrate the museum’s 193rd 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.


 

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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Updated September 3, 2017

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