Programs for Adults

Lunch and Learn





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

First Thursday of Each Month, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center at Plimoth Plantation

Feed your brain! Pack your lunch and join us for our hour-long Lunch & Learn lecture series!  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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       THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017

Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Two Colonies: Plimoth and Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century

Speaker: Stephen Kenney, Ph.D.  (Director of the Commonwealth Museum)

Most visitors to Massachusetts know that the “Pilgrims” arrived in Plymouth aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Less well known is the landing of a “Puritan” fleet of seventeen ships ten years later. On the flagship Arbella John Winthrop carried a royal charter establishing the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Learn about similarities between the colonies (like banning the celebration of Christmas) and differences that shaped Massachusetts to the present day.


   THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

Lunch & Learn: Putting Down Roots: A Discussion of Successful Genealogical Research Spanning Four Centuries Starting with the Mayflower

Speaker: Katherine Dimancescu (Author)

Come enjoy author Katherine Dimancescu’s engaging presentation about her search for early colonial maternal ancestors in southern New England and the unexpected surprises along the way including her Mayflower ancestry. Be sure to bring a notepad! Attendees will benefit from her discussion of genealogical research methods, resources, and experts in England and the United States who helped her add branches to her maternal family tree. Prepare to learn and be captivated as she shares selected stories about what transpired when doing genealogical research on her ancestors’ farms, on battlefields in England and southern New England, in archives and museums, and in historic houses.  Katherine has two non-fiction narratives The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past (published in 2013) and Denizens: A Narrative of Captain George Denison and His New England Contemporaries (coming in 2017).


   THURSDAY, JUly 6, 2017

Lunch & Learn:  The Development of Welfare Policy in Colonial America

Speaker: Jennifer Turner (Professor) 

Jennifer Turner is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she is working on a dissertation that analyzes the development of welfare policies in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts during the colonial period. Come join us at Plimoth Plantation on Thursday, July 6th to hear about Jen's work and her study of Welfare Policy in Colonial America. 

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     THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017

Lunch & Learn: Ecological Pilgrims: How New England’s Ecology has been Shaped by Colonists

Speaker: Caitlin Fisher-Reid (Professor)

Twenty-thousand years ago, New England was under a block of ice that grew and shrank, gouged and reshaped the landscape. The plants and animals that had once lived here were either gone forever, or had retreated deep into southeastern North America where the climate was still temperate and livable. As the climate warmed and the glacier retreated, the ecological pilgrims began their long trek north to reclaim and rebuild their forever altered habitat. Nearly 400 years ago, European pilgrims made a similar journey across the Atlantic, intentionally (and just as often unintentionally) bringing with them the plants and animals of their forsaken homeland. Much like the glacier, these more recent ecological pilgrims continue to reshape our landscape. This Lunch and Learn will trace the ecological history of our region from the peak of glaciation 20,000 years ago to the present.

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More 2017 Lunch & Learn Speakers Coming Soon! 

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

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

“plimoth after dark”: PLIMOTH PLANTATION’S evening SERIES

Experience Plimoth as you've never seen it before- after hours! Join us for our evening series of 17th-Century-inspired cocktails, craft, and just enough learning.


     Friday, April 21, 2017 (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Plimoth After Dark: Sips, Ships, and Shops!

Join us for an exclusive after-hours gallery and shopping experience! Mingle with our Curator of Collections, Dr. Kathryn L. Ness, check out our newest exhibit, "Ships Tiny and Towering," and visit our retail shops in the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center. If you'd like to experience original footage of Mayflower II sailing in Plymouth Harbor, browse our shops, or just enjoy a cocktail and catch up with friends, this Plimoth After Dark event is for you!

$8 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

This event is 21+ and pre-registration is required.



     FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017 (7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.)

Plimoth After Dark: Pint and Paint

You've seen other paint nights, but this one has a Plimoth Plantation twist.  Play Rembrandt for the night at Plimoth Plantation's Pint & Paint! Enjoy a pint or glass of wine while you create your very own Plimoth-inspired painting, guided by our artist through every step. Take home a piece of history that you create! (Ticket price includes supplies.)

$25 for Members, $30 for Non-Members.

This event is 21+ and pre-registration is required.


More 2017 Plimoth After Dark Events Coming Soon! 

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