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Wedding 396: Four Centuries of Wedding Fashion from the First
Plymouth Colony Marriage in 1621 to the Present

Exhibit generously sponsored by Eastern Bank and Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac with additional support from Market Basket
On Display: Saturday, May 13th through December 30th, 2017

What do you wear on the most important day of your life? Trace the evolution of wedding fashion from the first Plymouth Colony wedding in 1621 to today! Over two dozen vintage wedding gowns and hundreds of South Shore wedding images are gloriously displayed to reveal the interplay of tradition and innovation over 396 years of New England wedding history.

A highlight of the exhibition is a multimedia display featuring hundreds of real-life wedding images from the past 150 years, crowdsourced through a participatory community digitization project that invited area residents to share their own wedding histories.



October Lecture Series 
Wednesday evenings — 6:30 pm – unless otherwise noted! 
Join us for light refreshments and new perspectives on a range of historical topics each Wednesday evening this month. From the intricacies of colonial bake ovens to Plymouth's latest archaeological finds, and the rediscovery of a famous Civil War "Glory" sword, our expert guest speakers open up new worlds of learning about New England's past. Presentations offered every Wednesday of the month.Refreshments served at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm. Please note that for the October 11th lecture, refreshments will be served at 3 pm, lecture at 3:30 pm.

Generously Sponsored by MUTUAL BANK

October 4th, 7 pm - "Ovens on the Edge, 1590-1640: An Experimental Archaeology of Baking." Paula Marcoux, food historian and cookbook author, pieces together the history of early colonial bake ovens with in-depth research and innovative experiments in oven-building and baking methods. Refreshments at 6:30 pm; lecture at 7 pm.

October 11th, 3 pm - "'The sword of justice has no scabbard': Tracing Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's Civil War Sword." Anne Bentley, Curator of Art & Artifacts at the Massachusetts Historical Society, tracks the remarkable story of the "Glory" sword used with the famed African-American 54th Infantry. Refreshments at 3:00 pm; lecture at 3:30 pm.

October 18th, 7 pm - "Uncovering Early Plymouth." Dr. David Landon, Fiske Center for Archeological Research, University of Massachusetts Boston, reveals exciting new discoveries from recent excavations in historic downtown Plymouth. Refreshments at 6:30 pm; lecture at 7 pm.

October 25th, 7 pm - "Four Lots, Four Centuries." Bill Fornaciari, architect, native Plymouthean, and keen investigator of the town's forgotten, demolished, or hidden historic buildings, illuminates the evolution of the town's oldest intersection. Refreshments at 6:30 pm; lecture at 7 pm.

October Wednesday lectures are free and open to the public; $5 suggested donation.

For more information, call 508-746-1620 or contact

Governor Bradford Read-a-thon
Friday, October 27th
Sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Alliance

Immerse yourself in a great work of American literature, Governor William Bradford’s 17th century journal of early Plymouth Colony! Sign up to take part in a round-the-clock reading of selected portions of this fascinating primary source, penned by one of the most influential Pilgrim settlers, colonial leader William Bradford. The reading begins at 3:00 pm and continues to the stroke of midnight! Includes musical interludes, costumed cameos, mini-lessons in Shakespearian pronunciation, and light refreshments. For more information, contact

Community Halloween
Tuesday, October 31st
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce

Pilgrim Hall Museum opens its doors to costumed trick-or-treaters during this downtown community celebration for Plymouth area families.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, November 4th — 1 pm
Immigrant Tales of Plymouth

The English colonists who landed in 1620 were only the first of many immigrant arrivals in Plymouth, each with their own reasons for coming over. Find out what attracted diverse newcomers to Plymouth and how they fared in America’s hometown 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 presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.

Rebecca Fraser, Book Launch & Reception
Tuesday, November 7th — 7 pm
The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

Author Rebecca Fraser launches her new publication, The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) at a special evening reception at Pilgrim Hall Museum. A researcher and journalist, Fraser illuminates the experiences of an ordinary English family, the Winslows, made less ordinary by the challenges of crossing the ocean and settling in an unfamiliar new world. The evening includes author's lecture, book signing, and 17th-century inspired refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Donna Curtin at

Admission: $10 per person/$8 members

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12th Annual
Holiday House Tour

Saturday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 3rd
Includes Lunch at Hotel 1620

Visit a festive array of decorated Plymouth area homes to kindle Christmas cheer, while helping to support Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tickets $48.00 each (advance purchase by 3:00 pm on November 11th).

Ticket price covers admission for the entire weekend event and includes lunch and a lavish dessert buffet at Hotel 1620 as part of the holiday experience.

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Please choose either Saturday or Sunday for lunch.

Holiday House Tour is generously sponsored by RE/MAX Spectrum

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, December 2nd — 1 pm
Tales of the Sea

How has Plymouth’s maritime economy impacted the lives—and deaths—of individuals in the community? Explore stories of sailors, fishers, and whalers 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 presented in partnership with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.

198th Forefathers Day Dinner
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor

The Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum hosts the 198th Forefathers Day Dinner on Thursday, December 21st at Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor. The evening includs traditional succotash, lively mingling, a festive dinner and enlightening history. 5:30pm-Reception, 6:30pm-Dinner.

Tickets are $70 for Pilgrim Society members and $77 for non-members. To purchase a table, learn about sponsorship opportunities and for more information, call 508.746.1620, x7 or email

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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 October 10, 2017

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