Programs for Adults

Lunch and Learn

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

First Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Feed your brain! Pack your lunch and join us for our hour-long Lunch & Learn lecture series! Held the first Thursday of each month, 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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May 5, 2016 - "Palette of Dreams - Art In and Around Plymouth" (Speaker: Andrew Kusmin)

All painters, from the greenest beginner to the most acclaimed artist, began by learning how to paint, and then had to figure out what to paint. But to turn their efforts into art, first and foremost they had to discover “why” to paint. “Palette of Dreams” is an artful story of one man’s journey to answer that primal question and help others find and follow their own artistic path. A native Plymouthean, Andrew Kusmin will speak on his experience painting around town including at Plimoth Plantation.

June 2, 2016 - "Power and Portraiture" (Speaker: Kayla McCumber, Manager of Historical Clothing & Textiles)

Clothing is so much more than protection from the elements; what we choose to wear each day is a signal to the world about how we want to be perceived. Nowhere is this more evident than in formal portraiture, which is meant to convey a message of immense power and status to its viewers. Kayla McCumber, Plimoth Plantation’s Colonial Textiles Manager, will discuss how clothing has been used as a status symbol throughout history, focusing on the reign of Henry VIII. She will also discuss the ways in which dress can signal alliances, from a military uniform to a political baseball cap. Learn more about how to read the story of historical clothing, and find out if your own clothing declares anything about you!

July 7, 2016 - "So Hemmed In: Land and Identity Among the Middleboro Indians" (Speaker: Jonathan Green)

When studying colonial Massachusetts’s history, our focus is often drawn to settlements such as Plymouth, Weymouth, Boston, and Dorchester. While the events that unfolded in these places shaped the unique cultural landscape that emerged in the latter half of the seventeenth century, other locations slightly further afield from these colonial hubs were equally significant. On the western frontier of the Plymouth Colony, in the area of present-day Middleborough, Taunton, and Bridgewater, Wampanoag people and English colonists frequently traded goods, worked side by side, and built close bonds of friendship. It was also in this area that Titicut, otherwise known as the Titicut Plantation, remained an active and culturally vibrant Native community in the aftermath of the Pequot War, King Philip’s War, and the French and Indian War. Over time the Wampanoag, as well as members of other tribes such as the Nipmuc, Massachusett, and even the Pigwacket of Maine, formed what came to be known as the Middleborough Indians. Looking closely at this little known Native community reveals the political, racial, and religious dynamism that characterized the meshing of Native and English cultures during the late-seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

August 4, 2016 - "Flight of the Sparrow:" a novel of 17th-century Massachusetts and Mary Rowlandson (Speaker: Amy Belding Brown)

Flight of the Sparrow is a fictional account of Rowlandson’s life that explores the struggle of a woman in Early America caught between two worlds. Author Amy Belding Brown will discuss what it is like to write a fictional biography, how she researched Rowlandson’s life, and why she chose to explore themes of Early American life in her novel. 

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

Attend the entire series for free when you become a member! 



*NEW for 2016* "Backyard Barnyard - Beekeeping," 5-week Course with Guest Instructor Kevin England

Dates offered: March 23, 30 & April 6, 13, 20
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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!” In this five-session course, you’ll learn all you need to know to get started with backyard beekeeping, from bee basics to hive construction and equipment, honeybee health to harvesting your honey. $75 members, $90 non-members. Price includes textbook, The Beekeeper’s Bible and optional sixth session. Bring a friend for $60 (no textbook included)! Register now - space is limited to 24 students to ensure an up-close and personal experience. 

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Embellishing 17th-century dress: A conference for handcrafters, embroiderers and enthusiasts

Dates: June 11-12, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We all know it’s the outfit that makes the man, but it’s the details that makes the outfit! Immerse yourself in the craftsmanship of period embroidery while learning more about the techniques, symbolism, and attitudes surrounding 17th-century clothing embellishment at this weekend-long conference.

Embellishing 17th-Century Dress will primarily focus on embroidery, a common embellishment technique that would have been both familiar and lavish to the middling sort of the 17th century. During the course of the weekend, you will design and execute an embroidery hoop wall hanging, using period techniques and motifs.

The hands-on embroidery workshops will be supplemented with programs that explore further aspects of 17th-century design. Peek behind the scenes at our Colonial Wardrobe shop, and get up close and personal with some of the embellished clothing that has been used in the English Village over the past fifty years. Learn more about what accessories could symbolize in daily life, by exploring the common artifacts of a period wedding. Spend time with a Native craftsperson about embellishing traditional clothing at the Wampanoag Homesite. Observe a lacemaking demonstration, learn to create your own thread-wrapped buttons, and pound delicate spangles that would catch the light in a glimmering 17th-century ballroom. 

Whether you are an embroidery enthusiast, a hobbyist looking to improve your skills or expand your time period, or simply interested in the glitz and glamour of an era that often seems anything but, this is a gathering not to be missed!

$150 per person, $120 Members

Full schedule coming soon!  For questions, or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Sarah Dery at (508)746-1622 ext 8359.

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Salve Making Workshop with Lori Danek

Dates offered: June 25, 2016 & July 16, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Learn about the healing properties of herbs and basic salve making skills in this introductory workshop. Begin by picking your favorite organically-grown herbs from our 17th Century English Village gardens, and then take a horticultural tour through our grounds as the herbs are simmered. Return to the Horticulture center to finish creating a jar of your own all-purpose herbal salve! 

This program involves a walk through our English Village to harvest fresh herbs. Please wear comfortable shoes! 

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Garden Herbal Wreath Making WORKSHOP WITH LORI DANEK

Dates offered: August 27, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Garden herbs played an important part in an English country housewife’s cooking and healing. Join Plimoth Plantation’s horticulturists to learn about the 17th-century and modern uses of herbs that grow in the gardens of the 17th-Century English Village. Walk through the English Village to harvest your own herbs from our housewive's kitchen gardens, and use them to create a beautiful wreath. The wreath will dry as it hangs in your home. 

This program involves a walk through our English Village to harvest fresh herbs. Please wear comfortable shoes! 

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