Pilgrim Hall Museum Events 2014
Plans for additional events are in process…please check back for updates
“Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition”
PIDC Changing Exhibition Gallery, Pilgrim Hall Museum
February 1 – April 25, 2014
Samplers were created by young women and girls as a way to not only learn needlework but also to demonstrate their skills and ability. They are often stunning examples of artistry and tradition. The exhibition will feature nearly 70 samplers, some from Pilgrim Hall Museum and many others from museums, historical societies and personal collections across the South Shore and beyond, representing one of the largest and most diverse collections of samplers ever put on display in the area. Many of the samplers which will be on display are rarely seen by the public. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be the sampler wrought by Loara Standish, the daughter of Myles Standish. The Loara Standish sampler is the oldest piece of American needlework. Other notable samplers on display will include several examples of the local “Plymouth School” variety with their distinctive octagonal borders, saw tooth patterning, and floral elements. Many other remarkable samplers dating from the 17th through 19th centuries will be on display, each telling a story of an individual creating an educational, decorative, and very unique work of art.
Those who wish to set up a special group tour of the exhibition should contact Director of Visitor Services Ann Young grouptours[at]pilgrimhallmuseum.org at 508-746-1620 x.4. For more information about the exhibition in general, contact Curator Stephen O’Neill at curator[at]pilgrimhallmuseum.org or 508-746-1620 x.5.
February Family Events
Three fun programs during February vacation for families. Ideal for kids and grandkids! Student and children under 18 are admitted free to the Museum. Plus Museum Treasure Hunts all day long!
February 17, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The New Plimmoth Gard is a group of historical reenactors portraying the militia of Plymouth Colony circa 1621-1640. Pilgrim Hall Museum will host the New Plimmoth Gard for “Establishment Day” which marks the anniversary of the establishment of the original Plymouth militia and the election of Myles Standish as captain on February 17, 1621. There will be drill demonstrations with pikes and muskets and opportunities for children try a bit of 17th century drill using broomsticks. Demonstrations will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Colonial Samplers, An Introduction for Children
February 18, 2014, 10 a.m. to Noon
Pilgrim Hall Museum's upcoming exhibit Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition, will feature nearly 70 colonial samplers from throughout Plymouth County, including that of Loara Standish, the oldest example of American needlework. In conjunction with this exhibit, the museum will host a program for children with simple crafts (no sewing needles involved) designed to teach them about sampler making and the traditions surrounding this artform.
Native American Storytelling with Perry Ground
February 19, 2014, 10 a.m.
Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 15 years at venues including the Smithsonian. Ground learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels that practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.
February Family events are generously sponsored by Rotary Club of Plymouth.
April Kids Week
Monday – Thursday, April 21 – 25, 2014, 2 p.m. each day
Pilgrim Hall Museum presents afternoon programs for children each weekday afternoon during April school vacation week. Presentations will include science and nature talks with animals from the Thornton Burgess Society’s Nature Center. We will also have Treasure Hunts available all day long. Check back for the full schedule. Children are admitted FREE and must be accompanied by an adult. Museum members and Plymouth residents receive complimentary admission.
April Lecture Series
Each Wednesday morning in April, coffee at 9:30 a.m., lectures begin at 10:00 a.m.
Join us Wednesday mornings in April for lectures by regional historians and museum professionals. The program will include talks inspired by our two 2014 special exhibitions, “Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition” (February 1 – April 25) and “Plymouth Witness to the Civil War” (May 17 – December 30). Each program will last about an hour, including time for questions. All lectures are included with museum admission; no charge for Plymouth residents or members of Pilgrim Hall Museum.
Adopt an Artifact Exhibit Reception
Friday, May 9, 4 – 6 p.m.
The Adopt-an-Artifact program involves Grade Five students from Plymouth’s Federal Furnace Elementary School. Students study particular objects from the Museum’s collection and make creative artwork or replicas which are placed on display. The exhibit will be up the entire weekend, May 10-11. Generously sponsored by the Plymouth Cultural Council.
“Plymouth Witness to the Civil War”
PIDC Changing Exhibition Gallery, Pilgrim Hall Museum
May 17 – December 30, 2014
Exhibit Reception, May 17, 5-7 p.m.
Plymouth Witness to the Civil War will focus on a remarkable collection of 65 letters in the archives of the Pilgrim Society written by Private William S. Robbins (1843-1920) of Plymouth. The letters tell of his experiences during the war—his connections to family back home, his trials in camp and on the battlefield. Seventeen years old at the start of the war, Robbins was working as a clerk in Plymouth. In February 1862, he enlisted with a group of 20 other men from Plymouth and was mustered into the 32nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Robbins was present for the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg, among others. In the latter battle, a terrible defeat for the Union army, Robbins was wounded. This eventually resulted in his discharge due to disability in March 1863. After the war, Robbins became a successful photographer in Plymouth. The central storyline of Private Robbins’s experiences will be supplemented by Civil War artifacts from the collections of Pilgrim Hall Museum and other organizations.
Saturday, June 21, 4 – 8 p.m.
Save the date for Pilgrim Hall Museum’s annual Summer Party. Book a table and bring your friends to celebrate the first day of summer!
Fun, Free, Friday
Friday, July 11, 9:30 – 4:30
Come enjoy the museum, our treasure hunts and exhibits for free!
Pilgrim Hall Museum’s 190th Birthday
Monday, September 1, 9:30 – 4:30
Join the celebration of the 190th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Enjoy birthday cake and see the Pilgrim possessions that really did come over on the Mayflower.
October Lecture Series
Each Wednesday evening in October, coffee at 6:30 p.m., lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. Topics will range from local history to period music.
Holiday House Tour
December 6 – 7, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
Don't miss Pilgrim Hall Museum's ninth annual Holiday House Tour. Beautiful homes across Plymouth will be opened Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lunch will be served both days at Plymouth Country Club and is included in your ticket. Tickets are $45 if purchased by November 14 and $50 if purchased after that date. The exact location of houses on the Tour is kept confidential until the day of the tour. You must pick up the booklet and map that will serve as your ticket (and that reveal the locations of the houses) at Pilgrim Hall Museum between 9:30 and 4:30 either Saturday or Sunday. To purchase tickets, stop by Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, or call 508-746-1620 x7.
Forefather’s Day Dinner
Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth
December 20, 2014, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
The annual dinner of the Pilgrim Society has traditionally taken place on the anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims, also known as Forefathers Day. This year, due to the anniversary falling on a Sunday, Forefathers Day will be observed on Saturday, December 20. Advance payment is required to attend the dinner. Members $68 and non-members $75. A table of 10 may be purchased for $610. To register, please contact development[at]pilgrimhallmuseum.org.
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
If YOU have an idea for something that should be incorporated into the commemorative events, please email it to: director[at]pilgrimhallmuseum.org
On June 10, 2008, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited Pilgrim Hall Museum and signed an Executive Order creating a State Commission to plan the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims in 2020.
Click here for pictures of that event.