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“Here Lyes the Body: Burial Places of the Pilgrims”
June 1 – December 30, 2015
PIDC Changing Exhibition Gallery, Pilgrim Hall Museum

The exhibition, generously sponsored by Eastern Bank, will run through December 30, 2015. More than 200 people arrived in Plymouth Colony aboard the first four ships between 1620 and 1623, yet only three of these people have original, carved gravestones to mark their burial locations. The majority of the individual Pilgrim gravesites were left unmarked and their exact locations now unknown. This surprising pattern is explained and investigated in Pilgrim Hall Museum’s exhibition Here Lyes the Body: Burial Places of the Pilgrims. The burial customs and burying grounds of the Plymouth colonists are explored through their cultural, economic, and religious practices. Descriptions of early funerals and elegies for some of the Pilgrims will be displayed alongside of how burials were conducted.

Generously sponsored by Eastern Bank

October Lecture Series
Wednesday evenings, coffee at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m.

October 7, Barbara Sillery, on her recent book The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands. Using extensive interviews and research, Sillery recounts both the written and oral spectral histories of numerous locations on Cape Cod and the Islands. Ranging from whimsical to ominous, each site has its own story.
October 14, Craig Chartier of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project on the archaeological survey of the Myles Standish Homesite in Duxbury
October 21, Anthony Sammarco on his new book Lost Boston, a nostalgic journey back in time to visit some of the disappeared buildings and places in all their grandeur, before the wrecking ball and decline set in
October 28, Kenneth Daigler, a retired CIA officer, on his new book, Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, which provides insights from an intelligence professional's perspective, revealing the intelligence activities of individuals such as Samuel Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, and Benedict Arnold, as well as many less well-known figures.
Sponsored by NorthEast Community Bank

November Lecture
November 4, 2015, coffee at 9:30 a.m., lecture at 10 a.m.

"New England PIE - History Under A Crust," by Robert Cox, head of the UMass Amherst Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

Thanksgiving Day
Special Library Display, "See the Signatures" November 26-27

Come see documents with the signatures of eight people who attended the First Thanksgiving in Plymouth in the fall of 1621 and much more.

10th Anniversary Holiday House Tour
December 5 – 6, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Don't miss Pilgrim Hall Museum's 10th annual Holiday House Tour featuring some of Plymouth most beautiful homes.
Media Sponsor - Old Colony Memorial


Forefathers Day Dinner
December 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth

The annual dinner of the Pilgrim Society traditionally takes place on the anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims, also known as Forefathers Day. Our speakers will be David Olin, Chief Conservator of Olin Conservation and Bill Adair of Greenleaf Studios, the conservators who conducted the restoration of Pilgrim Hall Museum’s centerpiece, Henry Sargent’s Landing of the Pilgrims. They will share new research on the history of the painting and will describe in detail the process of restoring it. 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

Forefathers Day is generously sponsored by Blue Hills Bank with additional support from Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor. Teen Essay sponsored by Lougee Insurance Agency. Wine sponsored by Pioppi's Package Store.


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:


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