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PLYMOUTH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY (PAS)

Calendar of Events: Highlights 2016

Please explore our Calendar of Events. Click on a link to view a specific month: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

First Saturdays on Burial Hill
Free History Tours of Plymouth’s Ancient Burying Ground
Burial Hill TourLaunched independently in 2011 by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, the Burial Hill series is now a collaborative program with the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum. Join us every first Saturday of the month at 1 pm through 2016 (excepting January) for an engaging series of free history tours of Burial Hill, led by local historians and guides. Tours begin at the top of the Hill. No reservations required for individuals and families. Involves strenuous walking on steep hillside. Severe weather may cancel tour; check our Facebook pages for updates. See our monthly calendar listings for more detail or click here to download the 2016 schedule.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, February 6th — 1 pm: African Americans of Plymouth

Discover how black lives mattered in Plymouth from colonial times to the 20th century during a guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, March 5th — 1 pm: Founding Women on Burial Hill
Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, offers new perspectives on Plymouth’s past through four centuries of women’s experience represented on Burial Hill. Encounter generations of remarkable Plymoutheans – women whose contributions have rarely been included in historical narratives of the town. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, April 2nd — 1 pm: Finding Jane Goodwin Austin - A 19th-Century Novelist's Legacy on Burial Hill
Local guide Joyce Poremski offers an intriguing view of once famous 19th-century novelist, Jane Goodwin Austin, who fictionalized the histories of Plymouth families including the Standishes and the LeBarons. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Backroads of the South Shore 12th Annual History Symposium
Land & Sea: A History of Agriculture & Aquaculture on the South Shore
Saturday, April 9th — 10 am to 2:30 pm
The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 Court Street, Plymouth
Savor a historical exploration of South Shore farming on land and sea through a series of mini-lectures by local historians. Sponsored by the Backroads of the South Shore, a local consortium of small historical societies and museums.
$15 admission includes breakfast refreshments. Reservations recommended.
For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Paula Fisher, Director of Marketing and Group Services at the Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 508-747-0100 or paula.fisher@SeePlymouth.com.

Annual Pot Luck Supper & Meet-and-Greet
Thursday, April 14th— 5:30 pm
Chiltonville Congregational Church, 6 River Street, Plymouth
Enjoy delicious homemade fare and meet our President Rose Stearns and new Executive Director Anne Reilly.
Social hour begins at 5:30 pm.
Admission: $8 per person; $5 for PAS members. Reservations required. Email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 to reserve a place.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, May 7th — 1 pm: Boston vs. Local Styles in Gravestones
Burial Hill has some of the finest examples for comparing the differences in materials and carvings between Boston-made gravestones and locally-made burial markers during the 18th century. Stephen O’Neill, Historical Consultant & Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University, explains the distinctions and how rural stones created a local style in imitation of Boston gravestones. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Pirates Ashore
Saturday, May 21st— 12 pm Concert in the Garden
Spooner House Museum, 27 North Street
History comes to life during this reenactment of the 1646 visit of English privateers to Plymouth. Presented by the New Plimmoth Gard and the Mayflower Society. Pilgrim Festival Singers will present a free concert of period music in the garden behind the Spooner House. Click here for schedule.

Antiquarian Golf Benefit
Monday, May 23rd— 1 pm Shotgun
Southers Marsh Golf Club, Federal Furnace Road, Plymouth
Help preserve local history while you enjoy an afternoon on an award-winning scenic New England course. You may download the details and a registration form here. To learn more, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Historic House Tours at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
June through August
Visit the authentically restored 1809 Hedge House on the Plymouth waterfront. This gracious Federal mansion with unusual octagonal rooms was lived in by local merchants and entrepreneurs in the early years of the new nation.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 2 to 6 pm, June 1st through August 31st.
Admission: $6 adults; $3 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents.

Historic House Tours at the Spooner House Museum, 27 North Street
June through August

Spooner HouseFive generations of family heirlooms are on display in the cozy Spooner House, occupied by one Plymouth family for over 200 years. Features authentic furnishings from the colonial era to the 20th century, and an enclosed “secret garden.”
Hours: Thursdays & Sundays, 2 to 6 pm, June 2nd through August 28th.
Admission: $6 adults; $3 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents.

Tuesday Free Days at the Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street
Tuesdays, June 7th through August 30th, 11 am to 3 pm

Harlow HouseVisit this rare surviving 17th century homestead, original home of William Harlow, local cooper, farmer, constable and sergeant of the Plymouth militia, on Tuesdays throughout the summer.
Admission free for individuals, families and groups of 10 or less. Gift shop open.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, June 4th — 1 pm: Tales of Plymouth Rock

Visitors to Plymouth often express disappointment when they first glance the fabled landing site of the Pilgrims. Though diminished in size by its travels and at the hands of souvenir seekers, the Rock still possesses symbolic power in the national imagination. Learn the saga of Plymouth's famous granite icon on a guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, July 2nd — 1 pm: Plymouth & the Spirit of Liberty
How did Plymouth embrace new ideals of liberty and freedom in the age of revolution? Celebrate stirring stories of independence on a one-hour guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Pilgrim Breakfast
Sunday, July 3rd — 8:30 to 11:30 am
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street

Costumed servers dish out piping hot fishcakes, baked beans, cornbread and other tasty fare, while strolling singers share songs, riddles, and 17th-century cheer. This hearty New England breakfast is a local tradition not to be missed! Proceeds benefit the preservation of the 1677 Harlow House. Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable. You may download a printable registration form here or use the PayPal button below.
Fee: $12.50 per person; $10 members; $45 family discount (2 adults and up to 3 children). For more details, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Pilgrim Breakfast Tickets

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert Series
Saturday, July 16th — 6 to 9 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Gather on the lawn for free performances by local musicians, courtesy of Brewster Productions. Visit www.brewsterproductions.com for schedule.

Hats On Parade
Saturday, July 30th — 11 am to 2 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Join us for a summer garden party at the Hedge House to celebrate the founders of the Antiquarian Society. Browse an exhibit of beautiful and unusual hats from the Society’s collection and enjoy light refreshments in the Rose T. Briggs Memorial Garden. Early 20th-century costumes encouraged! A variety of stylish hats will be available for purchase and may be customized to your taste, or wear your own favorite hat!
Fee: $15; $12 members. Reservations required.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, August 6th — 1 pm: Graven Images: Graven Texts

Explore the artistry in image and text of Burial Hill’s carved gravestones on a guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert Series
Saturday, August 13th — 6 to 9 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Gather on the lawn for free performances by local musicians, courtesy of Brewster Productions. Visit www.brewsterproductions.com for schedule.

Antiquarian Summer Fair
Saturday, August 27th — 10 am to 3 pm
Hedge House, 126 Water Street

Attic treasures, jewelry, homemade goodies, and bargains galore are some of the delights of this old-fashioned New England fair, held under a big tent on our sweeping lawn overlooking Plymouth harbor. Gates open promptly at 10 am and browsers are welcome, free of charge! Can't wait to see what's on offer? Special 9:30 am Early Bird Admission is $10 per person.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, September 3rd — 1 pm: The Earliest Stones on Burial Hill
There are approximately 40 gravestones standing on Burial Hill dated 1720 or earlier. This tour by Stephen O’Neill, Historical Consultant & Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University, will look at the location, materials, images, condition, and names found on Burial Hill’s earliest carved gravestonesTour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert SeriesPAS Summer Concert
Saturday, September 3rd— 6 to 9 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Gather on the lawn for free performances by local musicians, courtesy of Brewster Productions. Visit www.brewsterproductions.com for schedule.

Thirsty Pilgrim Beer Festival
Saturday & Sunday, September 10th & 11th — 1 to 7 pm
Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Enjoy cold beer, great food, and live music on the Hedge House lawn during this annual fundraising event presented by the Plymouth Lions Club.

Underbelly Tour
Sunday, September 18th — 1 pm
Discover Plymouth’s hidden history on this free, 1-hour walking tour of the downtown led by Joyce Poremski. Meet at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, October 1st — 1 pm: Finding Early Plymouth: An Archeological View of Burial Hill

Many visitors appreciate the historic vistas observed from Burial Hill’s steep slopes, but considerable information about Plymouth's past can be found underground. Dr. David Landon from the University of Massachusetts Fiske Center for Archaeological Research will discuss archeological developments in our understanding of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, November 5th — 1 pm: Immigrant Stories on Burial Hill
Retrace the experiences of immigrant arrivals in Plymouth from Pilgrim times to the 20th century. Guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, December 3rd — 1 pm:
'Tis the Season of Giving
The history and tradition of charity is the topic of this guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. There will be no tour in January, monthly tours resume February 4th, 2017. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

 

    For more information, contact:
Plymouth Antiquarian Society
P.O. Box 3773
Plymouth, MA 02361
Phone 508-746-0012
E-mail pasm@verizon.net