Contact | Join | Shop

Home > Museum Events

Search PHM Site

 

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 Auto Body and Tiny & Sons Auto Glass.


Free Fun Fridays!
Friday, July 22nd – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Pilgrim Hall and 7 other great Massachusetts sites are open 100% free to visitors on Friday, July 22nd . Generously sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, Free Fun Fridays! opens the doors of 80 museums and cultural events free to the public every Friday in July and August. Find out about more Free Fun Fridays at: HighlandStreet.org   #SeeMoreSummer


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, August 6th — 1 pm
Graven Images, Graven Texts

Explore the artistry in image and text of Burial Hill’s carved gravestones on a guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. 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.


PHM 192nd Birthday Bash
September 1st – Free Admission
and Birthday cake for everyone!


Celebrate the museum’s 192nd birthday with a piece of delicious birthday cake, served on the front portico from 11 am to 1 pm.

Special Feature: We are launching a new digitization program to document the history of Plymouth weddings. Bring in your photographs and other materials of any Plymouth wedding – whether from your grandparents’ day or today - to be examined by our archival team and digitized. Your images may be included in our upcoming 2017 exhibition, Wedding 396: 4 Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present.

This program is generously sponsored by
Newfield House


Wedding Documentation Days
September 1st & September 25th, 10 am to 3:30 pm

Share your wedding stories with PHM! We are documenting the history of Plymouth weddings for our upcoming 2017 exhibition, Wedding 396: 4 Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present. You’re invited to bring in your photographs and other materials of any Plymouth wedding – whether from your grandparents’ day or today - to be examined by our archival team and digitized. Your images may be included in the exhibit, along with bridal outfits and accoutrements representing every era since the Pilgrims!


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, September 3rd — 1 pm
The Earliest Stones on Burial Hill

There are approximately 40 gravestones standing on Burial Hill dated 1720 or earlier. This tour by Stephen O’Neill, Historical Consultant & Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University, will look at the location, materials, images, condition, and names found on Burial Hill’s earliest carved gravestones. 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.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, October 1st — 1 pm
Finding Early Plymouth: An Archeological View of Burial Hill

Many visitors appreciate the historic vistas observed from Burial Hill’s steep slopes, but considerable information about Plymouth's past can be found underground. Dr. David Landon from the University of Massachusetts Fiske Center for Archaeological Research will discuss archeological developments in our understanding of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point. 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.


Exhibit - Tercentenary: How Plymouth Celebrated its 300th Anniversary in 1920-21
October 8th - December 30th, 2016
Sponsored by Eastern Bank

In 1920-21, the celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth drew enormous crowds and garnered national attention. PHM’s new fall exhibition tells the real story of how Plymouth pulled together a Presidential visit, a grand pageant with a cast of over 1000 local residents, and the recreation of its historic waterfront as an auto-friendly park of monuments and memorials. Featuring a 21-foot panoramic view of the pageant cast, hundreds of Tercentenary images, objects, posters, drawings, maps, plans, and memorials, Tercentenary reveals how, almost a century ago, Americans commemorated the Pilgrims and unabashedly celebrated America’s early founding in Plymouth.


October Lecture Series
Wednesday evenings — 6:30 pm
Join us for light refreshments and new perspectives on a range of historical topics each Wednesday evening this month. Refreshments served at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm.
Generously sponsored by NorthEast Community Bank

October 5th, Wednesday, “Lost & Disguised Buildings of Plymouth: Volume II,” Bill Fornaciari, architect, native Plymouthean, and keen investigator of the town’s forgotten, demolished, or hidden historic buildings, is back by popular demand after his SRO spring lecture!

October 12th, Wednesday, “The Pilgrimization of Plymouth in 1920-21,” Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, is guest curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum’s fall exhibition, “Tercentenary: How Plymouth Celebrated the 300th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims in 1920-21.”

October 19th, “A Calf and a Cameo: Tales of Recent Archaeological Excavation in Plymouth,” Dr. David Landon, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts. UMass Boston’s 2016 excavations in downtown Plymouth made significant discoveries `related to both the 17th-century and 19th-century history of the Town. Dr. Landon illustrates some of the summer’s noteworthy finds and considers the stories they tell about the Town’s past.

October 26th, “The World in A Musket Ball,“ Battlefield archeologist Daniel Sivilich wrote the book on identifying a ubiquitous battlefield find, the musket ball. Learn what these small but deadly objects reveal from a frontline battlefield detective.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, November 5th — 1 pm
Immigrant Stories on Burial Hill

Retrace the experiences of immigrant arrivals in Plymouth from Pilgrim times to the 20th century. Guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. 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.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, December 3rd — 1 pm
‘Tis the Season of Giving

The history and tradition of charity is the topic of this guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins 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. There will be no tour in January, monthly tours resume February 4th, 2017.


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


   

Home | About Us | Visit Us | Collections & Exhibitions | Education | About the Pilgrims | Beyond the Pilgrim Story | Thanksgiving
Museum Events | Shop | Join | Donate | Sponsors | Site Map | Links | News Room | Contact Us

Updated August 5, 2016

Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360 | Phone (508) 746-1620