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PLYMOUTH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY (PAS)

Calendar of Events: Highlights 2017

Please explore our Calendar of Events. Click on a link to view a specific month: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

First Saturdays on Burial Hill
Free History Tours of Plymouth’s Ancient Burying Ground
Burial Hill TourLaunched independently in 2011 by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, the Burial Hill series is now a collaborative program with the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum. Join us every first Saturday of the month at 1 pm through 2016 (excepting January) for an engaging series of free history tours of Burial Hill, led by local historians and guides. Tours begin at the top of the Hill. No reservations required for individuals and families. Involves strenuous walking on steep hillside. Severe weather may cancel tour; check our Facebook pages for updates. See our monthly calendar listings for more detail or click here to download the 2017 schedule.

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 the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

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 the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

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 the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Backroads of the South Shore 13th Annual History Symposium
Church & State: Religion in Architecture and Politics on the South Shore
Saturday, April 8th — 9 am to 2:30 pm
The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 1/2 Court Street, Plymouth
Explore the cultural influence of English Protestantism on South Shore communities through a series of mini-lectures by local historians. Speakers will examine a variety of topics, including the design of meetinghouses, the politics of church attendance, and the religious legacy of the Pilgrims. 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.

Annual Pot Luck Supper
Friday, April 21st — 5:30 pm
Chiltonville Congregational Church, 6 River Street, Plymouth
Enjoy home cooking and a presentation by members of the Collections Committee on new acquisitions and rarely-displayed artifacts. Social hour begins at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm, and presentation at 7 pm.
Admission: $8 per person; $5 for PAS members. Reservations required. Email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 to reserve a place.

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 the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Antiquarian Golf Benefit
Monday, May 15th— 1 pm Shotgun
Southers Marsh Golf Club, Federal Furnace Road, Plymouth
Help preserve local history while you enjoy an afternoon on an award-winning scenic New England course. For details click here.

Rhapsody in Red: 200 Years of Cranberry Growing in Massachusetts
June 1st — June 30th
On display at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Explore the history of cranberry cultivation in this exhibit by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association. Open during regular museum hours.
Admission: $6 adults; $3 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, June 3rd — 1 pm: Juneteenth: A Celebration of African-American History

Plymouth's historically tiny black population included some extraordinary individuals. Celebrate their stories of challenge and accomplishment to mark Juneteenth, the oldest holiday commemorating the end of slavery and birth of freedom for African Americans after the Civil War. This guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, will begin at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert Series
Saturday, June 24th — 6 to 9 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Gather on the lawn for free performances by local musicians, courtesy of Brewster Productions. Visit www.brewsterproductions.com for schedule.

Cape Verdean Cranberry Culture
Special Presentation by Dr. Robert J. Gomes
Friday, June 30th — 1 pm
Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street
In the early 20th century immigrants from Cape Verde were the backbone of the cranberry industry of southeastern Massachusetts. During this special presentation, organized by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society and hosted by Pilgrim Hall Museum, Dr. Robert J. Gomes will share stories of the Cape Verdean experience on the bogs and in local communities. Dr. Gomes received his Master’s in Religious Studies from Harvard University and his Doctorate of Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary for his thesis “Religion and Culture in Context: The Genesis of a Cape Verdean Church with a Crioulo Accent”. He is ordained in the American Baptist Church and lives in Wareham.

The presentation will be held in the Steinway Library of Pilgrim Hall Museum. It is free and open to the public. Following the presentation attendees are invited to visit the Hedge House Museum to see the special exhibit, Rhapsody in Red: 200 Years of Cranberry Growing in Massachusetts. This exhibit was created in 2016 by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association (CCCGA) to commemorate the bicentennial of commercial cranberry growing in Massachusetts. A supplemental display includes recipes, photographs, and other cranberry-related items from the Antiquarian Society’s collection.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, July 1st — 1 pm:
The Loyalist Dilemma
In the Revolutionary era, Americans were irrevocably divided. Why did some Plymoutheans remain loyal to King and Crown? Examine American independence from the perspective of those who chose not to embrace it on this guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Pilgrim Breakfast
Sunday, July 2nd — 8:30 to 11:30 am
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street

Costumed servers dish out piping hot fishcakes, baked beans, cornbread and other tasty fare, while strolling singers share songs, riddles, and 17th-century cheer. This hearty New England breakfast is a local tradition not to be missed!
Sponsored by Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac
Proceeds benefit the preservation of the 1677 Harlow House. Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable.

Fee: $12.50 per person; $10 members; $45 family discount (2 adults and up to 3 children). For more details, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Tying the Knot: Wedding Fare & Fashions
Special exhibit through August 31st
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Join us for a special exhibit of wedding-related items from the Society’s collection. On view during regular Museum hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 6 pm.
Admission: $6 adults; $3 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents. For more details email pasm@verizon.net
or call 508-746-0012.

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert Series
Saturday, July 22nd— 6 to 9 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Gather on the lawn for free performances by local musicians, courtesy of Brewster Productions. Visit www.brewsterproductions.com for schedule.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, August 5th — 1 pm: Plymouth and
the Great War

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I. How did Plymoutheans respond to the call to serve overseas? Venture into the 20th century on a guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly Mason, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert Series
Saturday, August 12th — 6 to 9 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Gather on the lawn for free performances by local musicians, courtesy of Brewster Productions. Visit www.brewsterproductions.com for schedule.

Antiquarian Summer Fair
Saturday, August 26th — 10 am to 3 pm
Hedge House, 126 Water Street

Attic treasures, jewelry, homemade goodies, and bargains galore are some of the delights of this old-fashioned New England fair, held under a big tent on our sweeping lawn overlooking Plymouth harbor. Gates open promptly at 10 am and browsers are welcome, free of charge! Can't wait to see what's on offer? Special 9:30 am Early Bird Admission is $10 per person.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, September 2nd — 1 pm: Gravestone Conservation

Learn about historic efforts to conserve the ancient gravestones on Burial Hill, and how earlier approaches sometimes caused irreparable damage. A close look at individual stones reveals changing techniques and highlights the philosophy of modern day historic preservation. Led by Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, and Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at the top of the Hill; ascend the brick steps next to First Parish Church in Town Square. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert Series
Saturday, September 2nd— 6 to 9 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Gather on the lawn for free performances by local musicians, courtesy of Brewster Productions. Visit www.brewsterproductions.com for schedule.

Thirsty Pilgrim Beer Festival
Saturday & Sunday, September 9th & 10th — 1 to 7 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Enjoy cold beer, great food, and live music on the Hedge House lawn during this annual fundraising event presented by the Plymouth Lions Club.

From Dwelling Place to Resting Place: The Spooner Family of Plymouth
Saturday, September 23rd — 1 pm
Discover the tragedies and triumphs of one Plymouth family on this free walking tour of the downtown, presented in collaboration with the Friends of Burial Hill.
The tour will begin on Burial Hill; meet at the top of the brick steps leading up from First Parish Church in Town Square. After visiting the graves of members of the Spooner family, we will walk to the 1749 Spooner House Museum at 27 North Street for a special mini tour of rarely-displayed artifacts. Please note that due to the small size of the rooms in this historic home, tours will run on a first-come-first-served basis. Join us in the garden behind the Spooner House for refreshments after the tour.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, October 7th — 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. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Bradford Readathon: Round-the-Clock Reading of Bradford's Journal
Friday, October 27th — 3 pm to Midnight
Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street

Enjoy a special after-hours experience at America's oldest enduring public museum. 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 early America's most significant leaders. The reading begins at 3 pm and continues to the stroke of midnight. Includes musical interludes, costumed cameos, how to speak like a Pilgrim lessons, and light refreshments.
Pilgrim Hall Museum admission is free during the Readathon. To sign up as a reader or helper, or for more information, contact donna.curtin@pilgrimhall.org.
Sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Alliance, a collaboration organization of museums and historical organizations in Plymouth, MA.

98th Annual Meeting & Dinner
Friday, November 3 — 5:30 pm
Plymouth Country Club, 221 Warren Avenue, Plymouth
You are cordially invited to our annual business meeting and dinner, which will be followed by a special presentation by Dr. J. Ritchie Garrison on “Four Kitchens: Reorganizing Domestic Life in Early Modern America, 1800-1850.” Explore the development of 19th-century kitchens through four case studies, including the Maybury House on Newfield Street in Plymouth, the George Read House in New Castle, DE, and two houses in Northfield, MA. Dr. Garrison is the Director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and a professor of history at the University of Delaware. His most recent book, Two Carpenters: Architecture and Building in Early New England, 1799-1859, won the Historic New England Book Prize in 2007.

Dinner buffet includes Salads, Rolls, Roasted Potatoes, Vegetables, Chicken Venecia, Smothered Roast Beef, Dessert, Coffee, and Tea.

Fee: $35.00 per person for members and nonmembers – all are welcome!
Prepaid reservations are required; please call 508-746-0012 or email pasm@verizon.net by Friday, October 27. Reservations may also be made via the PayPal button below. Reservations are nonrefundable.

Annual Meeting ticket

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 the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

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 Mason, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

 

For more information, contact:
Anne Reilly Mason, Executive Director
Plymouth Antiquarian Society
P.O. Box 3773
Plymouth, MA 02361
Phone 508-746-0012
E-mail pasm@verizon.net