Lunch & Learn: Plimoth Plantation’s Lunchtime Lecture Series

Feed your brain!

Pack your lunch and join us for our hour-long Lunch & Learn lecture series! Held the first Thursday of each month from February through December, Plimoth Plantation welcomes a lineup of lively, unique guest speakers who bring big ideas, humorous tales, and adventure stories to your lunch table.

This series is free to members and just $8.00 (per lecture) for non-members, so our seats fill up quickly! Be sure to make your reservations ahead of time online by clicking the link listed for each session, or contact Sarah Dery at (508) 746-1622 (Ext. 8359).

Not a Member yet? Click here to join and attend the entire series for free.


Lunch & Learn 2015 Schedule

February 5th, 2015     

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: The 17th Century’s Mini Ice Age

Speaker: Tim Brown

Affectionately termed the Little Ice Age, the period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries saw cooler temperatures than the medieval period. During that time, there were several particularly cold periods, one being around 1650. What are the environmental factors surrounding this change? How can it be measured? And what effect did this changing climate have on the art, literature, and daily lives of the people who lived through it? Join Tim Brown, a Yale scholar pursuing a Masters in Climate Science, as he discusses this chilly period in Western history.

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

March 5th, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Stepfamilies in Colonial America

Speaker: Lisa Wilson

Blended families were a common occurrence in America’s colonial era, just as they are today. In a time when war and disease took many young lives, remarriage was a way to ensure economic and familial stability. Join Lisa Wilson, author of A History of Stepfamilies in Colonial America, as she discusses the facts and fiction surrounding stepfamilies in early New England.  

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

April 2nd, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Music as a Primary Source

Speakers: Jessica Guyon, Sally Rothemich, and Phillip Wynne

Music can be used to reveal cultural connections , speech and syntax differences between the past and present, and societal values and aspirations. Join three of our staff interpreters as they discuss the significance of music in the seventeenth century and how the study of it helps to create a fuller interpretive experience at the Plantation.

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

May 7th, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: In Modest Attire — Clothing the Pilgrims

Speaker: Kristen Haggerty

From hat buckles to petticoats, our perception of what the Pilgrims wore has always been about more than just the clothing. Learn how the clothing of the colonists has been portrayed throughout history, and why today’s interpreters wear what they do!

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

June 4th, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: The American Plate

Speaker: Libby O`Connell

Join Plimoth Plantation and Libby O`Connell, Chief Historian for AETV and History Channel, for a mouth-watering exploration of the evolution of the American diet.

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

July 2nd, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Artisanry in the Modern World

Speaker: Alan Burton Thompson and Marnie Smith

Alan Burton Thompson (UMass Dartmouth) and Plimoth Plantation's Artisan Weaver, Marnie Smith (UMass Dartmouth `14) will discuss the role of collegiate artisan programs and their applicability in a modern economy.

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

August 6th, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: The Yale Indian Papers Project

Speaker: Paul Grant Costa

Paul Grant Costa will speak on the cultural significance and potential historical impact of Yale University's Indian Papers Project. To learn more about the Indian Papers Project, check them out online.

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

September 3rd, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: One Colonial Woman’s World

Speaker: Michelle Marchetti Coughlin

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin will speak on her upcoming book, "One Colonial Woman's World," which chronicles the life and times of Mehetabel Chandler Coit (1673–1758), the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman. 

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

October 1, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Farm to Table Dining

Speakers: Norah Messier, Plimoth Plantation Director of Living Collections, Crafts, Trades and Domestic Skills

  Due to a last-minute scheduling conflic, a Weir River farm representative will be unable to host our lunch and learn this week. Instead, please join us for a different kind of farm to table dining conversation- that of the Pilgrims!  

What if farm to table wasn't just a trend, but your only option? Norah Messier, Director of Living Collections, Crafts, Trades, and Domestic Skills at Plimoth Plantation, will speak about the museum's agricultural program. From interpreting the agrarian life of the Pilgrims to caring for rare breed animals and heirloom variety plants, Plimoth Plantation preserves, protects, and continues our agricultural past. Discover more in this mix of modern discussion and historical context. 

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

November 5th, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: 17th-Century Alchemy

Speaker: David Bassett

Just the word "alchemy" brings to mind wizards in pointed hats turning lead into gold and star gazers casting fortunes. Join David Bassett and explore the real history behind alchemy as the origin of the modern sciences we all know.

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members

 

December 3rd, 2015

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Victorian Era Nutrition

Speaker: Tani Mauriello

Ideas about what's "healthy" and "good for you" change all the time! Join Tani Mauriello, Plimoth Bread Company's Master Baker, and find out how families 150 years ago made healthy choices.

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Free for Members, $8 for Non-Members