Member Events

2014 Members Events & Information

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APRIL

Wampanoag Homesite – Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, April 12th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Plimoth Plantation – meet in Visitor Center Lobby
Want to gain an insider perspective on how the Wampanoag Homesite is set up and maintained? Join a member of the staff to get an up close and personal look at the site and view previously unseen artifacts. Learn how they use certain tools and 17th-century technologies to create their wetus and other items located on the site.

Easter Egg Hunt (must register to attend)
Saturday, April 19th from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Plimoth Plantation – Hornblower Garden
Our family friendly Easter Egg Hunt takes place in the beautiful Hornblower Garden, where hundreds of eggs filled with goodies are waiting to be found that morning. Light refreshments and a live reading of an Easter related book will occur after the hunt has ended. This event is family friendly, but best for children between the ages of 2-10.

Natural Plimoth Lecture Series  (must register to attend)
Sunday, April 27th

Plimoth Plantation - Hornblower Horticulture Center
Embracing the Homegrown: Cultivating Non-Invasive Plants for Backyard Gardens with Lori Danek

MAY

Thanksgiving Tickets go on Sale for Members Only
Thursday, May 1st and ongoing

Online or by calling 800-262-9356 ext. 8353, 8364, or 8365
Tickets for our extremely popular Thanksgiving Dinners go on sale to Members only today! Get your tickets today and avoid disappointment. Tickets go on sale to general public on June 1st.

Lunch & Learn: Eugene O’Neill and the Sea
(must register to attend)
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Presenter: Robert Richter, Director of Arts Programming, Connecticut College
Eugene O'Neill's maritime period spanned just two years, a brief time in the life of a man who lived to be 65, but his days at sea and on shore would reverberate throughout his life and mark his work in innumerable ways. As America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright and the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes, O'Neill has drawn the attention of dramatic literature scholars seeking insight into his life and into his plays, resulting in an impressive body of scholarly study and comment. But few have brought to their interpretations a comprehensive understanding of the maritime world and the culture that shaped his perspective. Mr. Richter’s talk explores the maritime communities in which O'Neill lived and the details of his time at sea, and then reflects on their influence in so many of his plays. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building next to Plimoth Plantation's Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.

Members Shopping Day – 30% Off
Saturday, May 10th All Day

All Museum Gift Shops and Online

The 17th-Century English Village – Behind the Scenes (must register to attend)
Saturday, May 17th 1-2 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation
Get  an exclusive peek on how the Artisans have built, and continuously repair, all of the structures and houses in the English Village!

Natural Plimoth Lecture Series (must register to attend)
Sunday, May 18th
Plimoth Plantation
Holistic Healing: Medicinal Herbs Past and Present with Vicki Oman

Annual Heirloom & Native Plant Sale- Free Gift & Special Hours & Pricing
Saturday, May 24th from 8 to 10 a.m.

Hornblower Horticulural Center
Gardeners, or those wishing to start their garden, won’t want to miss this event. Herbs, flowers, fruit and vegetable plants, all grown at the Hornblower Horticultural Center, will be on sale.  Members can come early (starting at 8 a.m.) giving them automatic access to the best selections! In addition, members will receive 30% off all the plants and will receive a free gift as a thank you!

Meet and Greet – Farm Animals (must register to attend)
Saturday, May 31st from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Plimoth Plantation ‘s Maxwell Barn
Join farm staff for a walking tour of our behind-the-scenes workspace, the Maxwell Barn, and our agricultural exhibits- The Nye Barn and English Village- where you can meet our hoofed and feathered staff members! Learn what makes each of these breeds so unique and find out how Plimoth Plantation has helped the global effort to save them from extinction – and how you can help too! 

JUNE

Lunch & Learn: Burial Hill and 17th-Century Plymouth Colony’s Fortifications (must register to attend)

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Presenter: David Landon, Associate Director of the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts Boston

Before it was “Burial Hill,” Plymouth’s landmark cemetery location was called “Fort Hill,” a reference to its 17th-century fortified settlement. Historical documents and comparative data from contemporary settlements like Jamestown, Virginia, provide clues to the location, extent, and possible nature of Plymouth’s early fortifications. Join archaeologist David Landon as he describes current efforts to map the subsurface of Burial Hill and search for remains of the 17th-century fortified settlement. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Maxwell Theater in Plimoth Plantation's Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.

Nurturing Nature – Spring into Summer - Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, June 7th  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Plimoth Plantation’s Visitors Center
Get an up close look at some of the gardens that are located on museum grounds. If you are looking for inspiration for your own gardens or just want to know what types of plants make up some of our spectacular displays, join us for a relaxing hour of learning! Our own horticulturist, Lori Danek, will be leading the tour through the museum and will stop at a few select gardens to discuss and take questions.

Maritime at the Mayflower II – Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, June 14th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
State Pier on Plymouth Waterfront where Mayflower II is located
Mayflower II underwent extensive renovations in 2013 with more to come prior to the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower arriving on our shores. Join other members for a tour and see some of the work that has already been done and what is still needed.


Meet and Greet – Parlay with a Pilgrim (must register to attend)
Saturday, June 21st  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation’s Visitors Center - Courtyard
Converse with one of our specially trained interpreters (out of costume) and ask all the questions you’ve ever wanted to about their jobs, how they learned their dialect, vocabulary and their character. Interpreter will answer questions in first person from a modern day perspective. Get an insider’s view of the interpreter’s immense knowledge and get to know the person behind the pilgrim.

Natural Plimoth Lecture Series  (must register to attend)
Sunday, June 22nd
Plimoth Plantation
Birding! A Walk & Talk with Trevor Lloyd-Evans 

JULY

Members Shopping Day – 30% Off
Saturday, July 12th All Day

All Museum Gift Shops and Online

Meet & Greet – Curation Department and  Collections
 (must register to attend)
Friday, July 18th from 3-5 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation’s Accomack
Meet some of the amazing summer curatorial interns and get an up-close and personal look at some of the items in our collections.

Natural Plimoth Lecture Series (must register to attend)
Sunday, July 20th  1-3 p.m.
Plimoth Plantation’s Visitors Center
Wetlands Restoration: Tidmarsh Farms with Glorianna Davenport and Alex Hackman 

AUGUST

Wampanoag Homesite – Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, August 2nd from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation
Want to gain an insider perspective on how the Wampanoag Homesite is set up and maintained? Join a member of the staff to get an up close and personal look at the site and view previously unseen artifacts. Learn how they use certain tools and 17th-century technologies to create their wetus and other items located on the site.


Lunch & Learn: Visual Images of Metacomet after King Philip's War  (must register to attend)
Thursday, August 7, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Presenter: Joyce Rain Anderson, Associate Professor of English at Bridgewater State University
Dr. Anderson will discuss visual images of the Wampanoag Sachem, Metacomet, after King Philip’s War, and the shifting meaning of his representation in portraits, woodcuts, and engravings. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building next to Plimoth Plantation's Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.

 

Meet and Greet – Wardrobe Department (must register to attend)
Saturday, August 16th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Plimoth Plantation
Meet one of the historical clothing and textiles staff who will show a few of the hand-made items in the museum’s collection. Appreciate the detail contained within the different pieces that are made by our talented staff and learn about the different textiles used in some of the pieces.


The 17th- Century English Village – Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, August 23rd  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Meet in lobby at Plimoth Plantation’s Visitors Center
Come inside the palisades walls and explore the English Village with an interpreter who will give an inside look at how the village was created and currently maintained. Learn what materials and tools are used for the care and conservation of the pilgrim houses.


Natural Plimoth Lecture Series  (must register to attend)
Sunday, August 31th  

Plimoth Plantation’s Visitors Center
Giving Back to Our Soil: Composting with Everett Hoffman

SEPTEMBER

Lunch & Learn: The Restoration and Re-Launch of the Whaling Ship Charles W. Morgan (must register to attend)
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Elysa Engelman, Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea, and History Department, UCONN Avery Point 
Dr. Engelman will speak on the restoration and re-launch of the historic whaling ship Charles W. Morgan. Originally built and launched in 1841, the Morgan embarked on 37 voyages between 1841 and 1921. In 2008, the Morgan underwent restoration at Mystic Seaport and was re-launched in 2013. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building next to Plimoth Plantation's Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.


Meet and Greet – Farm Animals (must register to attend)
Saturday, September 6th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation
Join farm staff for a walking tour of our behind-the-scenes workspace, the Maxwell Barn, and our agricultural exhibits- The Nye Barn and English Village- where you can meet our hoofed and feathered staff members! Learn what makes each of these breeds so unique and find out how Plimoth Plantation has helped the global effort to savce them from extinction – and how you can help too! 

Members Shopping Day – 30% Off
Saturday, September 13th

All Retail Shops and Online

Natural Plimoth Lecture series (must register to attend)
Sunday, September 21st 
Plimoth Plantation
Epic Journeys: Shore Birds (Film and Special Bird Watching Tour with Shawn Carey and Wayne Peterson

Tour of the Newly Renovated Craft Center & Bakery

Time and Date TBD
Our existing Craft Center building is being fully renovated for more exhibit and artisan space and will also feature a brand new bakery where the baker will produce artisanal bread for purchase! Members are invited for a personal tour prior to its opening.

Nuturing Nature – Fall - Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, September 27th  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation’s Visitors Center
Get an up close look at some of the gardens that are located on museum grounds. If you are looking for inspiration for your own gardens or just want to know what types of plants make up some of our spectacular displays, join us for a relaxing hour of learning! Our own horticulturist, Lori Danek, will be leading the tour through the museum and will stop at a few select gardens to discuss and take questions.

 OCTOBER

The 17th-Century English Village – Behind the Scenes  (must register to attend)
Saturday, October 4th  from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation
Come inside the palisades walls and explore the English Village with an interpreter who will give an inside look at how the village was created and currently maintained. Learn what materials and tools are used for the care and conservation of the pilgrim houses.


Lunch & Learn: Mashpee Indian Whalers  (must register to attend)
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Presenter: Ramona Peters, Director of Historic Preservation & NAGPRA for the Mashpee Wampanoag 
The story of Mashpee Wampanoag whalers is one with many facets. It involves Mashpee Indians engaged in the whaling industry, both by choice and by force, during a time period that spanned nearly one hundred years. Most of the heavy whaling harvest took place during the mid-19th century, but before Europeans arrived in this region the Wampanoag people hunted whales and occasionally local Sachems would divide beached animals among their people. Panels from the exhibit currently at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum will also be on display during the lecture. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Maxwell Theater in Plimoth Plantation's Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.

Cranberry Harvest Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, October 18th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet at Plimoth Plantation
Cranberries were an essential component of the Native diet. Meet members of the Plimoth Plantation staff and interpretation department at a local cranberry bog and enjoy a cranberry inspired lunch. After lunch all are invited to return to Plimoth Plantation to tour the museum.  Members are $100 for the day/ Not-Yet-Members are $125


Natural Plimoth Lecture series (must register to attend)
Sunday, September 21st 

Plimoth Plantation
Close Encounters of the Wild Kind with John King

Wampanoag Homesite – Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, October 25th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation
Want to gain an insider perspective on how the Wampanoag Homesite is set up and maintained? Join a member of the staff to get an up close and personal look at the site and view previously unseen artifacts. Learn how they use certain tools and 17th-century technologies to create their wetus and other items located on the site.


NOVEMBER

Lunch & Learn: “A Nice Indian Pudding”: Maize in the Diets of Colonial New Englanders    (must register to attend)
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12-1 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Karen Metheny, Visiting Research, Department of Archaeology, Boston University 
Numerous written accounts from 17th-century New England refer to maize as a food suitable only for animal fodder or a foodstuff linked to Native Americans and, therefore, undesirable and even dangerous. These accounts have informed current interpretations by food historians who argue that maize was ranked below wheat as a food source, and overlooked or denigrated by many because it was un-English. Yet this interpretation conflicts with documentary and archaeological evidence that indicates maize was integral to the colonial New England diet. In this presentation, Dr. Metheny discusses some of the evidence for the ways that New Englanders integrated maize into their diets by drawing on household receipts (recipes), cookbooks, and other print sources, as well as material and archaeological evidence. Specific attention will be given consumption practices, preparation methods, and suggested ingredients and combinations of flavors, and what the consumption of maize in colonial households reveals about cultural identity and encounters with “cultural other.” Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building next to Plimoth Plantation's Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.


Meet and Greet – Conversations with Philip Messier/Veteran’s Day Special (must register to attend)

Saturday, November 8th  from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Plimoth Plantation
In this special Meet & Greet, join us as Philip Messier, an expert authority on military history and practices in early Plymouth Colony, talks about historic military practices and (in)famous local battles. Members are always FREE, and to celebrate our nation’s heroes, all Veterans can attend lecture for FREE too!


Natural Plimoth Lecture series (must register to attend)
Sunday, November 9th - Raptors of the Night (Owls) with John Galluzzo   (must register to attend)

Saturday, November 15th - Evening Owl Finding Tour with John Galluzzo (evening event) (must register to attend) 

Maritime at the Mayflower II – Behind-the-Scenes Tour (must register to attend)
Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
State Pier on Plymouth Waterfront
Mayflower II underwent extensive renovations in 2013 with more to come prior to the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower arriving on our shores. Join other members for a tour and see some of the work that has already been done and what is still needed.


Members Shopping Day – 30% Off
Friday, November 28th All Day

All Museum Gift Shops and Online

Wreath Making Workshop  (must register to attend)

Sunday, November 30th  from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Plimoth Plantation Horticultural Center
Create a beautiful holiday wreath and listen to stories about the history of wreath making at this charming annual workshop. The class is held at Plimoth Plantation’s Horticulture Center, with our own Horticulturist Lori Danek. Lori will teach the process of making evergreen wreaths, while discussing this long-standing tradition. All materials are included and light refreshments will be served.

Price TBD

DECEMBER

Lunch & Learn: Thanksgiving: The Holiday that Swallowed the Pilgrims (must register to attend)
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Presenter: Jim Baker, Former Plimoth Plantation Director of Research and Curator of the Alden Historic Site
Today it is inconceivable to consider the American Thanksgiving holiday without reference to the Pilgrims and their iconic harvest feast, or as it is inevitably termed, "The First Thanksgiving". For generations, the common understanding was that the holiday originated in Plymouth in 1621 and then celebrated ever since. However, in planning a 1983 Plimoth Plantation exhibit on the Victorian imagery of the Pilgrims, "Aye, Call It Holy Ground", we couldn't find any examples of the familiar outdoor dinner pictures or references to the "First Thanksgiving" (before 1841). Where were the historical links? Solving this puzzle opened up the true history of our Thanksgiving, the subject of this talk. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building next to Plimoth Plantation's Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center.


Members Shopping Day – 30% Off
Thursday, December 11th  All Day

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