“I’ve Been There”: Souvenirs of Pilgrim Plymouth
PIDC Changing Exhibition Gallery
Opens February 1, 2013 and runs through the end of the year
The chronicle of the Mayflower Pilgrims has inspired millions of people from around the world to visit Plymouth, Massachusetts, the first English settlement in New England. For hundreds of years, people have come to gaze upon Plymouth Rock where “it all began” in December, 1620 – and to take home some tangible commemoration of their day(s) in the Old Colony town. Whether as personal treasures or gifts for those who remained at home, a great variety of Plymouth souvenirs have been eagerly acquired over the years. Ranging from a “piece of the rock” itself to simple objects with “Plymouth, Mass.” stamped on them, these tokens of remembrance have served generations as evidence and reminders that they indeed followed in Pilgrim footsteps. See how many of these souvenirs you have in your collection.
Exhibit generously sponsored by NorthEast Community Bank.
See the Signatures: People Who Attended the First Thanksgiving
November 28 – 29, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Included with museum admission
Pilgrim Hall Museum owns documents with the signatures of nine people who attended the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth in the fall of 1621. For two days only, Pilgrim Hall Museum will display these original documents and allow visitors the rare opportunity to see up close the handwriting of the Pilgrim leaders William Bradford and Myles Standish, of two brothers Resolved White and Peregrine White who were little boys at the time, and even of Massasoit, the Sachem of the Wampanoag. Along with these and other documents, on display will also be one of the extremely rare original copies of Mourt’s Relation from 1622. This small book contains the actual description of the event that inspired the modern holiday of Thanksgiving.
Holiday House Tour
December 7 – 8, 2013
10 a.m to 4 p.m. both days
Don't miss Pilgrim Hall Museum's eighth annual Holiday House Tour. The tour includes private residences in North Plymouth, downtown, and south along the sea. Houses 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 15 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.
The Holiday House Tour is generously sponsored by Entergy-Pilgrim Station and media sponsored by Old Colony Memorial.
Forefather’s Day Dinner
Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor
180 Water Street, Plymouth
December 21, 2013, 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 our speaker will be Dr. Robert Allison, Head of the Suffolk University History Department. Dr. Allison has published extensively on the history of Boston and the Revolution. 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 email@example.com.
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.