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“Scenes & Sitters: Paintings from the Collection”
PIDC Changing Exhibition Gallery, Pilgrim Hall Museum
February 1 – May 2, 2015
Exhibit Reception, March 21, 5-7 p.m.

Featuring more than 30 rarely displayed, original paintings from Pilgrim Hall Museum's permanent collection. Among these are the newly restored portrait of Gen. John Winslow, the great-grandson of Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow, and the truly unique portrait of the American artist John Trumbull painted by both Gilbert Stuart and Trumbull himself. Fifteen history paintings depicting episodes from early Massachusetts history will be displayed alongside the portraits, most of these rendered by well known illustrator Henry Botkin. Many of the paintings on display in this exhibit have rarely been seen by the public.

"Scenes & Sitters" is generously sponsored by Cordage Commerce Center with additional support from the LeBaron Foundation and Charles and Jan Tarbox in memory of Brooks Barnes.

February Family Week
February 17 – 19, 2015

Tuesday - Thursday, Family Friendly Crafts 10 a.m. - Noon. (Monday's craft program has been cancelled due to severe weather). Treasure Hunts in the museum all day long. Crafts include quill pen calligraphy, making dream-catchers, drawing a self-portrait, basket weaving and bead necklaces. Visitors under 18 admitted FREE all day long! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Plymouth residents and museum members free.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plymouth

"Scenes & Sitters" Exhibition Reception
March 21, 2015, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the opening of our new exhibition! (Please note, this event, originally scheduled for February, has been rescheduled due to weather conditions).

April Morning Lecture Series
Please note day and time of lectures as they vary slightly. Coffee and refreshments are served 30 minutes prior to the lecture time.

April 1, Wednesday, 10 am, “One Colonial Woman’s World,” Michelle Coughlin, Museum Administrator, Gibson House, on her recent book on the life of Mehetabel Coit (1673–1758), author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman

April 8, Wednesday, 10 am, “A Revolution in Appearance across Eight Portraits,” Stephen O’Neill, Associate Director/Curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum, will highlight several works of art from our currect special exhibition of paintings from the collection

April 15, Wednesday, 11 am, “The Flight of the Sparrow," author Amy Belding Brown on her new historical novel about Mary Rowlandson, a New England woman taken captive by Native Americans during King Philip’s War

April 23, Thursday, 10 am, “The Dream of Miles Standish: Building the Cape Cod Canal,” Timothy Orwig, Instructor in Art and Architectural History, Boston College and Northeastern University, on his recent book

April 29, Wednesday, 10 am “The Court-Martial of Paul Revere,” Michael Greenburg, on his new book about Revere and “America’s forgotten military disaster”

The April Morning Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Powder Horn Press and Cape Auto

April Family Week
Monday – Thursday, April 20 – 23, 2015, 2 p.m. each day
Magic, Live Animals, and Music! Plus Treasure Hunts in the museum all day.

April 20, “Animal Magic Variety Show,” Stephen Brenner

April 21, Meet the Animals, Make a Friendship Bracelet and Plant a Seed with Laurie Amberman and staff of the Soule Homestead Education Center

April 22, “The Adventures of Peter Cottontail,” live animal story time with Mary Beers, Thornton Burgess Society

April 23, Traditional Music and Magic with the “Starry Night Duo”

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

Sponsored by The Edgar & Pauline Main Family Foundation

"Behind the Scenes of the Sargent Painting Restoration"
April 27, 2015, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening reception which will feature brief remarks from David Olin, conservator in charge of the restoration of our monumental painting, "Landing of the Pilgrims" and Bill Adair, head conservator of the Doggett frame. David and Bill will describe the work to date, the work yet to be done, and will answer any questions.

"Adopt-an-Artifact" School Program Reception
May 8, 2015, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The Adopt-an-Artifact program involves Plymouth Grade Five students who study particular objects from the Museum's collection and make creative artwork or replicas which are placed on display. Stop in and see their great work! The exhibit will be up the entire weekend, May 9-10. 

Sponsored by the Lions Club of Plymouth and the Plymouth Cultural Council.

Special Lecture, "Caribbean Buccaneers in Early Plymouth"
May 14, 2015, 7 p.m.

In May of 1646 a crew of 80 English pirates sailed into Plymouth Harbor with two captured Spanish ships and their cargos. For a month, these buccaneers disrupted the quiet Pilgrim town. To interpret this little-known yet fascinating historical episode, the New Plimmoth Gard and the Plymouth Historical Alliance will sponsor a program of events on May 14 and May 16. The program will kick off with a lecture at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Curator Stephen O'Neill. The lecture will provide the overall historical context for the reenactment events. Read more about the full schedule at the New Plimmoth Gard website.

"Revealing the Landing of the Pilgrims"
June 14, 2015, 4-6 p.m.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception celebrating the completion of Henry Sargent's monumental painting, the Landing of the Pilgrims. Reception begins at 4 p.m., the "reveal" and brief remarks by the conservators will take place at 5 p.m. Donations gratefully accepted.

Summer Party, "La Dolce Mare, An Evening by the Sea"
June 20, 2015, 5-9 p.m.

Pilgrim Hall Museum again teams up with Mamma Mia's Restaurants to present our annual summer party and an 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.. Tickets, $85 per person, $750 for a table of ten, can be purchased here.

Sponsored by Entergy and Mamma Mia's Restaurants

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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