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2014 Members Events & Information

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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)
Sunday, September 7th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation
Join Norah Messier, Plimoth Plantation interpreter and member of the 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! 

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

All Retail Shops and Online

Historical House Tour & Dining Event (must register to attend)
Saturday, September 20th   
Plimoth Plantation & The Stephen Bryant House in Plympton
Join other members for a historical experience and meal that you won't soon forget! The owners of The Stephen Bryant House, Bob and Carol Quindley, have graciously given the museum permission to invite members to their incredible home, which is believed to be the oldest house in Plympton, for a very special tour.  The home is fully furnished in exquisite 17th-century style using both reproductions and authentic antiques. Upon entering the Bryant House you will find yourself transported back in time, but the entire house is fully functional for modern day living. This tour has been thoughtfully designed with Museum Members in mind, and Museum staff will also be on hand to answer questions. Upon finishing the tour and returning to Plimoth Plantation, a historical dining experience begins.  A three-course 17th-century meal, will commence with servings of “cheate” bread and sweet butter, fried chicken (from a recipe of the period), mussels “seeth'd” with parsley and beer. In true homage to the meal and the home’s history, Mayflower Brewing will be on hand with complimentary beer tastings. $125/pp. Transportation to and from Plimoth Plantation and The Stephen Bryant House is included.

Natural Plimoth Lecture series (must register to attend)
Sunday, September 28th  
Plimoth Plantation
Epic Journeys: Shore Birds (Film and Special Bird Watching Tour with Shawn Carey and Wayne Peterson

Join Shawn Carey, creator of the film Epic Journeys: Tracking the Migrations of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere. Each year millions of shorebirds make an amazing round-trip journey between the Northern and Southern hemisphere. View this short film, Epic Journeys, as it looks at three shorebird species—Red Knot, Piping Plover and Semipalmated Sandpiper—and the challenges these species face during each of their monumental annual treks. After the film, Wayne Petersen (Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Area Program for the Massachusetts Audubon Society) will lead attendees on a bird watching tour around Plimoth Plantation’s campus.


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 Mateo Brault, our resident blacksmith and member of the interpretive staff, 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.

Lunch & Learn Extra: A Fit Place for Plantation: Captain John Smith's New England Adventure  (must register to attend)

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 12-1 p.m.
Presenter: Peter Firstbrook, author of A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Invention of America
Four hundred years ago this year, Captain John Smith of Jamestown fame explored the New England coast, creating maps that the Pilgrims brought with them to New Plymouth. Join British author and former BBC producer Peter Firstbrook as he discusses his new book, A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Founding of America in a special addition to the Lunch and Learn schedule on Thursday, October 9. Books will be able for sale.
Bring a lunch or buy one at our Patuxet Café. Please note that this program will take place in the Maxwell Theater of the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center

Natural Plimoth Lecture series (must register to attend)
Sunday, October 19th 1 p.m.

Plimoth Plantation
Close Encounters of the Wild Kind with John King

Explorer, photographer, author, and Chatham conservationist John King will share insights into his personal voyage of re-discovery of the coastal and ocean wildlife that spends time each year in the waters off Cape Cod. During this presentation, you will hear John’s stories and see photographs of unique encounters with the natural world principally at the top of the food chain. 

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 curated and maintained throughout the seasons?  Join Tim Roderick, museum educator and staff member of WIP, to get an up close and personal look at the Wampanoag Homesite and view previously unseen artifacts.


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 1:00 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 lead by Mayflower II staff member Buddy Trip, 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


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

All Museum Gift Shops and Online

Members enjoy discounts in our shops!

A great selection of gifts and educational materials.

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Natural Plimoth Lecture Series

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