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2017 EVENTS

Opening Day – Pilgrim Hall Museum
February 1, 2017

The museum opens its door to the public on February 1st for our 193rd season! Pilgrim Hall Museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the year, except for December 24th-25th, New Year’s Eve, and the month of January. Yes, we are open on Thanksgiving Day!


Exhibition – Extended! 
On display Now through April 25th
Tercentenary: How Plymouth Celebrated its 300th Anniversary in 1920-21

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 latest 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, , maps, plans, and rare surviving costumes, Tercentenary reveals how, almost a century ago, Americans commemorated the Pilgrims and unabashedly celebrated America’s early founding in Plymouth.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, February 4th — 1 pm: Love & Marriage in Old Plymouth

How did couples decide to marry in old Plymouth? True tales of local couples reveal changing views and experiences of duty, passion, and togetherness. Find out if love triumphed over all on this guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Wedding Documentation Days 
Saturday, February 11th, 10 am to 2 pm 

Share your wedding stories with PHM! We are documenting the history of Plymouth weddings for our upcoming spring 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 area 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! For more information, contact rebecca.piccirillo@pilgrimhall.org or call 508-746-1620, ext. 3.


February Kids Week – New Plimmoth Gard 
Sunday, February 19

Join us for family-friendly activities at Pilgrim Hall Museum all week. On Sunday, meet costumed members of the New Plimmoth Gard, portraying 17th-century settlers who served in the early colonial militia. They kick off Kids Week with a volley of musket fire, and offer demonstrations of arms and armaments.


February Kids Week – Family Programs 
Monday, February 20th – Thursday, February 23rd, 10 to 11 am & 1 to 2 pm
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Plymouth.

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
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Plymouth

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 programs from 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm, plus Treasure Hunts for all ages every day throughout the day. 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!

Monday, February 20th - Presidents and Pilgrims are the focus, with stories and crafts about Abraham Lincoln and how he made Thanksgiving a national holiday from 10 to 11 am, and tales of young Pilgrims in early Plymouth from 1 to 2 pm.

Tuesday, February 21st - learn the adventures of Plymouth Rock and create your own decorated Plymouth Rock tableau to bring home. Two sessions offered, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm.

Wednesday, February 22nd - explore the everyday world of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans with the unpacking of a reproduction Mayflower passenger’s trunk and a Wampanoag family’s basket. Two sessions offered, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm.

Thursday, February 23rd - dive into stories and activities of the Mayflower’s crossing and experience the life of a passenger aboard ship. Two sessions offered, 10 to 11 am and 1 to 2 pm.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, March 4th — 1 pm:
Living in the Shadow of Death: Disease and Epidemics in Plymouth


Death was a constant companion in early America. Without modern medical care and vaccines, contagious diseases like smallpox and scarlet fever devastated families and communities. Learn about Plymoutheans’ experiences with epidemics on a guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


Wedding Documentation Days 
Sunday, March 12th, 10 am to 2 pm 

Share your wedding stories with PHM! We are documenting the history of Plymouth weddings for our upcoming spring 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 area 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! For more information, contact rebecca.piccirillo@pilgrimhall.org or call 508-746-1620, ext. 3.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, April 1st— 1 pm: In Search of the Pilgrims: Exploring 17th-Century Burial Hill 

Visitors often look for the graves of the Mayflower Pilgrims on Burial Hill—but are they buried there? Join Stephen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society and Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University, on an exploration of 17th-century gravestones. Tour begins at 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public.  Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


April Kids Week – Family Programs 
Tuesday, April 18th –Friday, April 21st 
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.


April Lecture Series – Wednesdays at 10 am
Stay tuned for details on our Spring Lecture Series, held every Wednesday morning in April at 10 am. Enjoy enlightening and informative presentations by a range of guest speakers.


Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, May 6th — 1 pm:
Jane Goodwin Austin: A 19th-Century Novelist's Legacy

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 1 pm at the top of the Hill. Free and open to the public. Burial Hill: History in Progress is a collaborative program of Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Visit our Facebook pages for last-minute updates.


 

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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Updated February 20, 2017

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