Programs for Adults

AMERICA 400 Lunch and Learn Series @ Plimoth
17th century context, 21st century conversations

First Thursdays, January through December, 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." 


As the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival on New England's shores approaches, Plimoth Plantation is committed to bringing the important lessons of the 17th century to life through new avenues of research, meaningful events, dynamic new exhibits and exciting, immersive experiences.

What's Next?

THURSDAY, September 6, 2018

An Old Book Made New: The Illustrated Story of How Mayflower II Was Built
Speakers: Thomas Begley and Rachel Perez, Plimoth Plantation

From 1955 to 1957, Mayflower II was built by hand in Brixham, England. The builder, Stuart Upham, chronicled the process in The Illustrated Story of How Mayflower II Was Built accompanied by his own paintings. In 2018, Plimoth Plantation reprinted this special book, adding seldom seen photos of the current restoration, showing how Plimoth Plantation and its partners at Mystic Seaport stay true to the craftsmanship exemplified by Upham and his crew. Join the editor and designer of this new edition to hear the story of Mayflower II’s construction and how they revived this historic book for a 21st-century audience.


THURSDAY, October 11, 2018 (*Special Date*)

Essentail Turning Points of the Salem Witch Trials 
Speaker: David Goss, Professor Gordon College

In some respects what happened in 1692 Salem was the product of a widely accepted belief system and a society that generally viewed itself as vulnerable to attack. But in other essential respects, Salem's experience was unique. Join David Gross as he discusses those unique conditions and the pivotal actions responsible for making the Salem witchcraft episode the most widespread and tragic event of its kind in American history. 


THURSDAY, November 1, 2018

The Pilgrims and Their First Encounters on Cape Cod
Speaker: Bill Burke, Cape Cod National Seashore

They say that first impressions are everything. For the Pilgrims, their first five weeks in the "New World were an eye-opener to be sure. Aside from tending to laundry and securing food and water, the Pilgrims exerted tremendous effort and took surprising risks while exploring the Outer Cape in their search for a settlement site. Despite the descriptive stories found in Mourt's Relations, Cape Cod National Seashore Historian Bill Burke ponders their decisions, their controversial actions and their ill-fated "First Encoutner" with the Nauset people-an encounter that forever shaped the Pilgrim story. 


More 2018 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: Experience the museum after hours! 

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. 

Buzzing for bees

August 17, 2018  7:00 PM

Join us in our bee garden for honey related cocktails and crafts. Sample honey and learn about our bee program. Finally, make a take home seed starter to help #save the bees.  (Cash bar is separate)


Candles and cocktails

September 21, 2018  7:00 PM

Experience the 17th-century after dark! Make your own 17th-century candles to take home, and enjoy a cocktail with friends. (Cash bar is separate)


More 2018 Plimoth After Dark Events Coming Soon! 

Looking for a presenter for an event or meeting? Invite one of Plimoth Plantation’s role players or Professional Speakers

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For more information about our programs, please call Public Programs Manager, Christina Coleman at (508) 746-1622 ext. 8107 or email