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Pilgrim Hall Museum Events 2014
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“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 features 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. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the sampler wrought by Loara Standish--the oldest piece of American needlework. 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 at 508-746-1620 x.4. For more information about the exhibition in general, contact Curator Stephen O’Neill at or 508-746-1620 x.5.

April Lecture Series
Each Wednesday morning in April, coffee at 9:30 a.m., lectures begin at 10:00 a.m.

"Colonial Samplers of Boston," by Pamela Parmal
April 2, 2014, 10 a.m.

Parmal is Department Head and David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In connection with Pilgrim Hall Museum’s special exhibition of samplers, Parmal will discuss her extensive research on early Boston samplers. Author of several books on textiles, including the highly popular, “Women’s Work: Embroidery in Colonial Boston,” Parmal is one of the region’s foremost authorities on historical needlework.

"Digging Duxbury: The Brewster Home Site's Archaeological Past," by Erin McGough
April 9, 2014, 10 a.m.

McGough, Executive Director of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, will discuss the Society’s recent archaeological dig at the Brewster home site in Duxbury and related publication.

"The Race Underground: Boston, New York and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America's First Subway," by Doug Most
April 16, 2014, 10 a.m.

Most, Deputy Managing Director of the Boston Globe, will discuss his highly popular new best seller. In the late 19th century, as cities grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. Two brothers—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. "The Race Underground" is a great American saga of two rival American cities and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

"The History of Chowder," by Robert Cox
April 23, 2014, 10 a.m.

Cox, head of the UMass Amherst Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives, will speak on his recent book. Co-authored with Jacob Walker, the book traces the history, varieties and significance of a quintessential expression of New England culture.

"Plymouth and the Civil War," by Patrick Browne
April 30, 2014, 10 a.m.

Browne, Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum. In anticipation of Pilgrim Hall Museum's 2014 exhibition, "Plymouth Witness to the Civil War," (opening on May 17) Patrick will discuss Plymouth preparations for the war, the units that Plymouth sent to the front, the experiences of some Plymouth soldiers, and some of the local Home Front support efforts.

April Lectures are generously sponsored by Powder Horn Press and Cape Auto Body & Service

April Kids Week
Monday – Thursday, April 21 – 24, 2014, 2 p.m. each day

Daily nature programs - with LIVE animals! Treasure Hunts in the museum all day long.

April 21, “Animal Magic Variety Show," Stephen Brenner
April 22, “Frogs and Toads,” Mary Beers, Thornton Burgess Society
April 23, “Meet the Animals,” Laurie Amberman, Soule Homestead
April 24, “Peter Rabbit Story Time,” Mary Beers, Thornton Burgess Society

Visitors under 18 admitted FREE all day long! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Plymouth residents and museum members free.

April Kids Week is generously sponsored by The Edgar & Pauline Main Family Foundation

Adopt an Artifact Exhibit Reception
Friday, May 9, 4 – 6 p.m.

The Adopt-an-Artifact program involves Grade Five from Plymouth Public Schools...this year Manomet 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.

The Adopt an Artifact educational program is generously sponsored by the Plymouth Cultural Council and Plymouth Lions Club

"Selected Writings of Rev. Peter J. Gomes" special lecture by Cynthia Rossano
Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.

Editor Cythia Wight Rossano who will speak on the new book, Durable Values: Selected Writings of Peter J. Gomes. Rossano is a writer and editor who for nearly thirty years was sole editor to the late Reverend Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church, Harvard University. Together they published numerous articles, papers and books. Durable Values contains selections from the sermons, addresses, speeches, and lectures given Gomes. In publishing this book, Rossano has completed a work that Rev. Gomes intended to assemble.

Rev. Gomes was active in many community organizations in Plymouth, including the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum for which he served as a trustee and helped organize major fundraising efforts, publications and programs.

This special lecture is sponsored by PartyLite

“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.

"Plymouth Witness to the Civil War" is generously sponsored by Eastern Bank

Summer Party, "La Dolce Vita: An Evening in Tuscany"
Saturday, June 21, 5 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate the first day of summer with Pilgrim Hall Museum's annual summer party! This year we are teaming up with Mamma Mia's Restaurant to present a delightful Italian-themed evening you won't want to miss. Mamma Mia's owners Pasquale and Francesca Viscariello will host the event at their beautiful waterfront property on Warren Avenue. To purchase tickets online click here.

The Summer Party is generously sponsored by Entergy

Fun, Free Friday!
Friday, July 11, 9:30 – 4:30

Come enjoy the museum, our treasure hunts and exhibits for free!

Fun, Free Friday is generously sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation

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]


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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Updated February 19, 2014

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