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2016 EVENTS

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, February 6th — 1 pm: African Americans of Plymouth

Discover how black lives mattered in Plymouth from colonial times to the 20th century during a guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. The Burial Hill Tour series is presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Director’s Welcome Reception & Exhibit Preview
Friday, February 12th, 5 to 7 pm

Please join us for a special preview of our latest exhibit, “Dwelling House and Meeting House: Plymouth Colony Architecture, 1620-1720,” and for the official reception for Pilgrim Hall Museum’s new Executive Director, Dr. Donna Curtin. RSVP to (508) 747-1620, ext. 7 or email development@pilgrimhallmuseum.org.


New Exhibition
Dwelling House & Meeting House:
Plymouth Colony Architecture, 1620-1720 February 13th – September 30th, 2016

PIDC Changing Exhibition Gallery, Pilgrim Hall Museum “Dwelling House and Meeting House” features a full-size timber-frame room, rare architectural artifacts, and haunting images of the region’s early buildings, most now lost to memory except for these fragile remains. Investigate the hand-crafted history of Plymouth’s colonial built-scape, generously sponsored by Cordage Commerce Center. The exhibition will be on display through September 30, 2016. Sponsored by Cordage Commerce Center With Additional Support from: Amory Architects; Paul F. Blanchard, Architect; Jeffrey M. Metcalfe, Architect; Stanne Construction, Inc.


Opening Day – Pilgrim Hall Museum Saturday, February 13th

The museum opens its door to the public on Saturday, February 13th for our 192nd season! Pilgrim Hall Museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm through December. (Yes, we are open on Thanksgiving Day!) We close for Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and January to mid-February.


February Kids Week – Family Programs
Monday, February 15th –Thursday, February 18th, 10 am to noon

Celebrate February vacation week with a series of family-friendly activities for children at Pilgrim Hall Museum. Bring the youngsters and enjoy lively book readings, arts and crafts, and Treasure Hunts from 10 am to noon from Monday, February 15 through Thursday, February 18th. Kids Week programs are entertaining and educational for young learners, and there’s plenty for grown-ups to explore, too, in the unique galleries of the nearly 200 year old institution. Get out of the cold and experience some fun and adventure in an interactive family setting! Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Plymouth


Black History Month – Gallery Talk
Saturday, February 20th — 1 pm: Beyond The Road to Freedom

Learn about the real life experiences of Plymouth’s African-American residents over the centuries into modern times, and view Black History treasures from the museum’s vaults during a one-hour gallery presentation and mini-exhibition.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, March 5th — 1 pm: Founding Women on Burial Hill

Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, traces four centuries of women’s experience represented on Burial Hill. Encounter generations of remarkable Plymoutheans – women whose contributions have rarely been included in historical narratives of colony or town. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. The Burial Hill Tour series is presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Women’s History Month – Gallery Talk
Saturday, March 19th — 1 pm: The Many Faces of Herstory

Survey newly conserved portraits of women from the Pilgrim Hall Museum collection, and learn the “herstories” behind these compelling faces of the past during a one-hour gallery presentation and mini-exhibition.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, April 2nd — 1 pm:

Finding Jane Goodwin Austin - A 19th-Century Novelist's Legacy on Burial Hill Local guide Joyce Poremski offers an intriguing view of once famous 19th-century novelist, Jane Goodwin Austin, who fictionalized the histories of Plymouth families including the Standishes and the LeBarons. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. The Burial Hill Tour series is presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Backroads of the South Shore 12th Annual History Symposium
Saturday, April 9th — 10 am to 2:30 pm

Harvesting Land & Sea: A History of Agriculture & Acquaculture on the South Shore

The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 Court Street, Plymouth Local historians present historical mini-lectures on South Shore farming and fishing, from the cultivation of the cranberry to the real experience of local lobstering. Sponsored by the Backroads of the South Shore, a local consortium of small historical societies and museums. $15 admission includes breakfast refreshments. Reservations recommended. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Paula Fisher, Director of Marketing and Group Services at the Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 508-747-0100 or paula.fisher@SeePlymouth.com.


The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 Court Street, Plymouth

Local historians present historical mini-lectures on South Shore farming and fishing, from the cultivation of the cranberry to the real experience of local lobstering. Sponsored by the Backroads of the South Shore, a local consortium of small historical societies and museums. $15 admission includes breakfast refreshments. Reservations recommended. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Paula Fisher, Director of Marketing and Group Services at the Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 508-747-0100 or paula.fisher@SeePlymouth.com.


New Exhibition Captured 1614
April 10th – May 30th, 2016

"Captured 1614," a multimedia exhibition now on view in Pilgrim Hall Museum's PIDC Gallery, reveals a pivotal episode in Wampanoag history just before the arrival of the Mayflower: the kidnapping of 27 Wampanoag men and boys by an English sea captain. This dramatic prequel to the Pilgrim story is told from an indigenous perspective, and provides compelling context for understanding the full scope of Plymouth history. "Captured 1614" is the first chapter in a traveling exhibition series, "Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag,” presented by Plymouth 400, Inc., the organization planning the international 400th anniversary commemoration of the founding of Plymouth Colony.


April Lecture Series
Our Spring Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Cape Auto Body & Powder Horn Press with additional support by Bill Fornaciari Architects.

April 6th, Wednesday, 10 am, “Modern Architecture on the Outer Cape,” Peter McMahon, author of the prize-winning book, Cape Cod Modern, and founder of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, created to document and share the outer Cape’s exceptional modern architecture.

April 13th, Wednesday, 10 am, “Lost & Disguised Buildings of Plymouth," Bill Fornaciari, architect, native Plymouthean, and keen investigator of the town’s forgotten, demolished, or hidden historic buildings.

April 21st, Thursday, 10 am, “’What Not to Do’: Joseph Everett Chandler & the Challenge of Colonial Revival Architecture in Plymouth,” Timothy Orwig, Instructor in Art and Architectural History, Northeastern University, and preeminent Chandler authority.

April 27th, Wednesday, 10 am, “Stewarding History: How to Care for Old Buildings,” Rob Cagnetta, preservationist with Heritage Restoration, Inc., and Providence Journal columnist.


April Kids Week – Family Programs
Sunday, April 17th –Sunday, April 20th

Sponsored by The Edgar and Pauline Main Family Foundation Celebrate April vacation week with a series of family-friendly activities for children at Pilgrim Hall Museum. Bring the youngsters and enjoy special afternoon performances and events Sunday through Wednesday, and explore the museum throughout vacation week with daily Treasure Hunt activities. Kids Week programs are entertaining and educational for young learners, and there’s plenty for grown-ups to explore, too, in the unique galleries of the nearly 200 year old institution.


Special Kids Week Programs:

Sunday, April 17th, "Animal Magic Variety Show"- Stephen Brenner captivates youngsters with a magical presentation featuring barnyard friends.

Monday, April 18th, "Starry Night Duo" performs enchanting traditional music and magic.

Tuesday, April 19th, "Soule Homestead" with Laurie Amberman introduces children to the world of farm animals and planting.

Wednesday, April 20th "Hooty the Owl Story Hour" - Mary Beers, Thornton W. Burgess Society, brings classic nature stories to life.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, May 6th — 1 pm:
Boston vs. Local Styles in Gravestones

Learn to discern the provincial from the cosmopolitan in colonial gravestones in a one-hour exploration of Burial Hill’s magnificent graven art. Stephen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society, illuminates the carving techniques and styles of early carvers by geography, and shows the historical interconnections of Plymouth and Boston. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. The Burial Hill History Series is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. No reservations are required for individuals and families. Participants may traverse steep and slippery slopes; please wear appropriate shoes. Severe weather may cancel tour; visit our Facebook page for last-minute updates.


Adopt An Artifact Exhibit
Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th

Students from Plymouth grade schools are the creators of a unique exhibition based on their own in-depth exploration of Pilgrim Hall Museum’s collection. View creative representations of the museum’s treasures and meet the young curators during a special two-day exhibition.

Exhibit is generously sponsored by Plymouth Lions Club and Plymouth Cultural Council.


Seas The Day – Key West Summer Party and Auction
Saturday, June 18th – 5-9 pm

Kick back and have fun at our easy breezy Key West party and auction, held at a gorgeous private waterside home. It’s a crazy good time, and a mainstay of support for the mission and activities of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Presented in collaboration with Mamma Mia’s Restaurant, it’s an unforgettable way to show your love for Plymouth history and Plymouth’s most enduring museum! Tickets are $85/person or $750/table of 10. For information about tickets, sponsorships, or other opportunities, call 508-746-1620, ext. 7, or email Robin Nutter at development@pilgrimhallmuseum.org. Summer Party is generously sponsored by Cape Body Auto and Tiny & Sons Auto Glass.


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


   

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