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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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. 

September 1, 2016 - Let There Be Light: Fire as a Tool (Speakers: Mark Atchison and Philip Wynne)

In an era of industrialized production and digital output, we don't often think of the more primitive tools our species has at their disposal. But fire was perhaps humanity's original tool, effectively separating us from our primate cousins. Fire is elemental. It can be destructive, but when used with skill, it can be a source of creation.

October 6, 2016 - Plimoth Colony Archaeology: Findings and Future (Speaker: David Landon)

The summer of 2016 marked the fourth season of UMass Boston¹s archaeological exploration in downtown Plymouth. This talk provides an overview of the project to date, highlighting the ways archaeologists use artifact and other clues to envision past landscapes. The wide range of artifacts and samples collected span the entire period from Native Patuxet through the 20th century, and help us understand the history of land use and the Town¹s changing environment.

November 3, 2016 - Longfellow and "The Courtship of Miles Standish" (Speaker: Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Park Service Site) 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet who wrote poetically about some of the greatest moments in American history, in works such as The Song of Hiawatha and "Revere's Ride". One of his most enduring poems, "The Courtship of Miles Standish", tells the (entirely fictional) tale of how Priscilla Mullins and John Alden came to wed. Lines like "Why don't you speak for yourself, John," and the image of young Priscilla at her spinning wheel have stayed in the cultural lexicon for centuries, and still influence the way people think about the Pilgrims. 

December 1, 2016 - "The Want of Clothes" - How to Dress in 17th-Century New England? (Speaker: Dan Rosen) 

Picking out an outfit is hard enough, but what to wear when you're transplanting yourself across an ocean?  Join Dan Rosen, Master Artisan of Historic and Textiles, and discover how English colonists acquired and used their clothes in New and Old England as well as the ways they interfaced attire with their new climate and interacted with differently-attired people.

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

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Intermediate beekeeping (Part I & II) with Guest Instructor Kevin England

Part I: August 13, 2016 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Part II: August 27, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm 

If you have taken Plimoth Plantation's Beekeeping course, and want to learn additional skills for managing hives, Intermediate Beekeeping I & II are the perfect next step. These courses are designed to be both classroom and hands-on based, with about half of the class time spend working with an active hive at the Plantation. Intermediate Beekeeping II extends the lessons taught in the first Intermediate Beekeeping, in a compact morning workshop. The objective of the course is to evaluate, hands-on, mite treatment methods and effectiveness, provide additional treatment as necessary, review the steps for over wintering hives and Spring management. Click the dates above to purchase tickets for Intermediate Beekeeping I & II

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! 


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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Beginner Lacemaking Workshop (2 days)

Dates offered: September 17 & 18, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

During this weekend workshop, learn the basic techniques for creating bobbin lace and construct a sampler of lace stitches. If time permits, students will continue on to create a simple lace tape. This program is a two day workshop that takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. 

Lacemaking is an intricate and skilled craft that has been practiced for five centuries. Bobbin lace is a lacemaking technique in which lengths of thread wound on bobbins are twisted and braided to form a pattern. As the work progresses, pins hold the lace in place over a paper pattern. Lace can be made with just a few pairs of bobbins or dozens of pairs. Participants will be provided with the materials needed to create projects for the duration of the workshop, and may choose to purchase these materials if they so choose. Participants can also choose to purchase tickets which include ownership of a lacemaking kit in the price.

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Hardcore Hearthcooking Workshop with Foodways Culinarian, Kathleen Wall

Coming Fall 2016! If you would like to be added to a contact list for this workshop and receive up-to-date information, please contact Sarah Dery at 

Take your hearth cooking skills to a higher level with Plimoth Plantation’s Foodways Culinarian Kathleen Wall. Immerse yourself in the experience of cooking in an early 17th century home, from the snap of an open flame to the aroma of spices in a mortar and pestle. Recreate a meal full of dishes familiar to the Pilgrims using period techniques in an historic setting, and end the day with a round table discussion about period food and the significance of the hearth to modern and historic communities.  


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