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“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 focuses on a remarkable collection of 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. The central storyline of Private Robbins’s experiences is 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

October Lecture Series

Each Wednesday evening in October, coffee at 6:30 p.m., lectures begin at 7:00 p.m.

October 1, Rob Cox, head of the UMass Amherst Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives on his popular book, Massachusetts Cranberry Culture.

October 7 (Tuesday), Nick Bunker on his new book An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America. A new British account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution, showing how a lethal blend of politics, personalities and economics led to a war that few people welcomed but nobody could prevent. (Please note this is our only October lecture that takes place on a Tuesday)

October 15, Stephen Puleo on his recent book The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War. The assault on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate was a shocking incident and a turning point in American history.

October 22, “The Starry Night Duo,” Barry and Patty Simon. Come hear period music, including selections from the Civil War era. Barry (hammered dulcimer) and Patty (fife), in addition to performing, will also discuss a bit of the history behind their musical selections.

October 29, Stephen O’Neill, Associate Director/Curator, Pilgrim Hall Museum, "Where the Bodies Are: Pilgrim Graves and Burying Grounds." More than 200 people immigrated to Plymouth Colony between 1620 and 1623, yet only a very few of them have graves marked with original gravestones. This illustrated lecture will examine the possibilities of where most of the first settlers were buried.

The October Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Rockland Trust

"See the Signatures"
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, 2014, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special display in the Museum's Steinway Library. Original documents with the signatures of people who attended the First Thanksgiving in the Fall of 1621 will be put on display for two days only. Visitors will once again have the chance to see rare examples of unique documents bearing the signatures of William Bradford, William Brewster, Myles Standish, Massasoit, and others. The documents date from long after the First Thanksgiving, but provide a remarkable way to connect with the real English and Native people who were in Plymouth in 1621.

Generously sponsored by PartyLite and Entergy

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.

Tickets may be purchased online HERE or by calling Pilgrim Hall Museum, 508-746-1620 x7.

Generously sponsored by Cordage Commerce Center and media sponsor Old Colony Memorial with additional support from Entergy

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

Speaker: Ric Burns, award-winning filmmaker on his current project The Pilgrims: A Documentary Film. For more information on our distinguished speaker, see our press release. 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.

Tickets may be purchased online HERE or by calling Pilgrim Hall Museum, 508-746-1620 x2.

Generously sponsored by Blue Hills Bank with additional support from the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor, media sponsor Old Colony Memorial, Pioppi's Package Store and Teen Essay sponsor, Lougee Insurance Agency

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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