Programs for Adults

Lunch and Learn





“Lunch and Learn”: Plimoth Plantation’s Lunchtime Lecture Series

First Thursday of Each Month, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center at Plimoth Plantation

Feed your brain! Pack your lunch and join us for our hour-long Lunch & Learn lecture series!  Plimoth Plantation welcomes a lineup of lively, unique guest speakers who bring big ideas, humorous tales, and adventure stories to your lunch "table". 

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     THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

Lunch & Learn: Tales from the Grace Trail

Speaker: Anne Barry Jolles (Author)

Embrace the possibilities of Spring! Plimoth Plantation welcomes international award-winning author, life coach and TEDx speaker Anne Barry Jolles.  Based on her bestselling book, Grace Trail: Find Your Footing and Move toward the Life You Were Meant to Live, this interactive and experiential session includes stories, metaphors, humor and education about how participants can take 5 steps towards their best lives.  Attendees will have an opportunity to walk a mini Grace Trail and will leave hopeful, joyful and ready to take on the world. Anne Barry Jolles is a renowned life coach, TEDx speaker and international award-winning author. 


   THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017

Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Two Colonies: Plimoth and Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century

Speaker: Stephen Kenney, Ph.D.  (Director of the Commonwealth Museum)

Most visitors to Massachusetts know that the “Pilgrims” arrived in Plymouth aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Less well known is the landing of a “Puritan” fleet of seventeen ships ten years later. On the flagship Arbella John Winthrop carried a royal charter establishing the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Learn about similarities between the colonies (like banning the celebration of Christmas) and differences that shaped Massachusetts to the present day.


   THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

Lunch & Learn: Putting Down Roots: A Discussion of Successful Genealogical Research Spanning Four Centuries Starting with the Mayflower

Speaker: Katherine Dimancescu (Author)

Come enjoy author Katherine Dimancescu’s engaging presentation about her search for early colonial maternal ancestors in southern New England and the unexpected surprises along the way including her Mayflower ancestry. Be sure to bring a notepad! Attendees will benefit from her discussion of genealogical research methods, resources, and experts in England and the United States who helped her add branches to her maternal family tree. Prepare to learn and be captivated as she shares selected stories about what transpired when doing genealogical research on her ancestors’ farms, on battlefields in England and southern New England, in archives and museums, and in historic houses.  Katherine has two non-fiction narratives The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past (published in 2013) and Denizens: A Narrative of Captain George Denison and His New England Contemporaries (coming in 2017).


   THURSDAY, JUly 6, 2017

Lunch & Learn:  The Development of Welfare Policy in Colonial America

Speaker: Jennifer Turner (Professor) 

Jennifer Turner is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she is working on a dissertation that analyzes the development of welfare policies in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts during the colonial period. Come join us at Plimoth Plantation on Thursday, July 6th to hear about Jen's work and her study of Welfare Policy in Colonial America. 

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     THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017

Lunch & Learn: Ecological Pilgrims: How New England’s Ecology has been Shaped by Colonists

Speaker: Caitlin Fisher-Reid

Twenty-thousand years ago, New England was under a block of ice that grew and shrank, gouged and reshaped the landscape. The plants and animals that had once lived here were either gone forever, or had retreated deep into southeastern North America where the climate was still temperate and livable. As the climate warmed and the glacier retreated, the ecological pilgrims began their long trek north to reclaim and rebuild their forever altered habitat. Nearly 400 years ago, European pilgrims made a similar journey across the Atlantic, intentionally (and just as often unintentionally) bringing with them the plants and animals of their forsaken homeland. Much like the glacier, these more recent ecological pilgrims continue to reshape our landscape. This Lunch and Learn will trace the ecological history of our region from the peak of glaciation 20,000 years ago to the present.

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More 2017 Lunch & Learn Speakers Coming Soon! 

Check our Events Calendar for upcoming Lunch & Learn topics and speakers. 

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PLIMOTH PLANTATION’S winter programs

Brave the elements and have fun while learning at these exciting winter programs. From cooking over an open flame to visiting "after dark", there are many opportunities to make sure the winter is lively and fun at Plimoth Plantation.


   Bee School: Beginner Beekeeping

What’s all the buzz about bees? Ever since they were introduced to the New England landscape in the early 17th century, honeybees have become an important part of the local ecosystem. Plimoth Plantation is delighted to host guest instructor Kevin England and offer our own Bee School for “newbees!”

   Tuesdays:  March ​7, 14, 21, 28 & April ​4, 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


   Wednesdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5, 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  (SOLD OUT!)

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Socrates said, "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel...." or is it?  Visit with us at Plimoth Plantation for our "Plimoth After Dark" events. Experience our Museum like you've never seen it before, with these after-hours programs throughout the year. All "Plimoth After Dark" programs are 21+. 

   Pretzels and Beer

Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Shape pretzels with ingredients and techniques inspired by the 17th century. Test your skill at 17th century drinking games and learn some of the twisted history of the pretzel. Need to spice things up? Try your hand at 17th-century mustard!  $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members. Admission includes 1 drink ticket.  This event is 21+ and pre-registration is required.


   The Essence of a Queen

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM 

Explore the sensuous world of Queen Elizabeth I's Tudor Court! Taste historic cocktails while mixing your own vial of the Queen's famous damask rose perfume. Test your skill at 16th-century drinking games, and enjoy rousing tales of life at court from William Brewster.   $40 for Members, $45 for Non-Members. This event is 21+ and pre-registration is required.



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For more information about our programs, please call Sarah Dery at (508) 746-1622 ext. 8359 or email