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PLYMOUTH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY (PAS)

Calendar of Events: Highlights 2014

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 TourJoin us every first Saturday of the month at 1 pm through 2014 (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. Click here to download a Burial Hill: History in Progress schedule or check out our monthly calendar listings for more detail.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, February 1st — 1 pm: Love & Romance in the Graveyard
Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director, Plymouth Antiquarian Society shares true tales of courtship and romance in old Plymouth. 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 1st — 1 pm: Founding Women on Burial Hill
Dr. Donna Curtin of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society offers a new perspective 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 5th — 1 pm: Early Gravestones on Burial Hill
Burial Hill Tour April 2014More than forty original gravestones dated between 1681 and 1720 survive on Burial Hill. Trace these early grave markers, and rediscover them as cultural records of the transition from Plymouth Colony to Massachusetts Bay, when 17th century Puritans were becoming 18th century provincial colonists. Stephen O’Neill, curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum, guides us through the dying days of the last of the First Comers, better known as the Pilgrims. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Here Lies Buried: Graveyards & Cemeteries of the South Shore
Backroads of the South Shore 10th Annual History Symposium
Saturday, April 12th — 10 am to 2:30 pm
The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 Court Street, Plymouth
Historians, archivists, and preservationists offer a fresh look at the fascinating topic of local graveyards. Sponsored by the Backroads of the South Shore, a local consortium of small historical societies and museums that includes the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.
$15 admission includes breakfast refreshments. Reservations recommended.Click here for a registration form. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Pot Luck Supper & Program, ‘The Truth is Stranger than Fiction’: How Jane Goodwin Austin Rewrote Plymouth History
Wednesday, April 23rd — 5:30 pm
Kendall Hall, First Parish Church, Town Square, Plymouth
Jane Goodwin AustinEnjoy a taste of history at our annual pot luck supper. Museum educator and tour guide Joyce Poremski illuminates the local ties and literary imagination of Mayflower descendant Jane Goodwin Austin, author of popular Plymouth-themed romantic novels in the 19th century.
Social hour begins at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and lecture at 7 pm.
Admission: $8 pp; $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 3rd — 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.

Downton Abbey Fundraiser
Saturday, May 10th — 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Rain date Saturday May 17th
Direct your chauffeur to drop you at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street, where the festivities begin at 6:30 pm. Socialize over snazzy cocktails and savory noshes in the Rose Briggs Garden until private trolleys whisk you off to the elegant Litchfield manor home on Warren Avenue for dinner, dessert, music and dancing. Enjoy delectable English savories at poolside and in the library, drinks on the piazza, and a magnificent dinner buffet featuring beef tenderloin, poached salmon, exotic kedgeree, and more. Proper attire gently encouraged – dress as a swanky nob or a sassy servant – good heavens, even as an American! – from any Downton Abbey period, from the Edwardian era to the Jazz Age, or just come as you are. Trolleys run continuously throughout the evening to deliver you back to your motorcar at your convenience.
Tickets are $125 per person; $225 per couple. Reservations required, tickets are non-refundable. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Antiquarian Golf Benefit
Monday, May 19th
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. For a brochure and registration click here or pay by PayPal button below. To learn more, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012. Reservations are non-refundable. Sponsored by AutoFair Honda of Plymouth.

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.
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 2 to 6 pm, June through August. (Please note: the museum will be closed on Friday July 4th.)
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

Five 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.”
Open Thursday-Saturday, 2 to 6 pm, June through August. (Please note: the museum will be closed on Friday July 4th.)
Admission: $6 adults; $3 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents.

Tuesday Free Days at the Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street
June 3rd through August 26th, 10 am to 3 pm

Visit 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 7th — 1 pm: Civil War Veterans on Burial Hill

PAS June Burial Hill TourPatrick Browne, Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum and a Civil War re-enactor, shares compelling stories of Plymoutheans who served during the great civil conflict. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Antiquarian Hearth & Home Tours
Saturday, June 14th — 10 am to 4 pm

PAS Home TourExplore a fascinating range of private homes in Plymouth, open to the public for this special one-day tour. Your event program provides a history and description of each house, with directions. Includes an English tea in the handsomely restored Colonial Revival garden at the Hedge House.
Fee: $35; $30 members & advance discount. Advance discount tickets must be ordered by June 7th. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, July 5th — 1 pm: The Revolutionary World of Dr. James Thacher
Encounter the spirit of 1776 in the life and times of Dr. James Thacher, a military surgeon in the Continental Army and one of the most important first-person chroniclers of the American Revolution. Guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Pilgrim Breakfast
Sunday, July 6th — 8:30 to 11:30 am
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street

PAS Pilgrim BreakfastCostumed 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.
Fee: $12.50 per person; $10 members; $45 family discount (2 adults and up to 3 children). Pay by PayPal button below or click here for a reservation form. For more details, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

"This Needlework of Mine"
A Selection of Samplers from the Plymouth Antiquarian Society Collection

Hedge House, 126 Water Street
July 17th through September 7th, Wednesday - Sunday — 2 to 6 pm

PAS samplerHistoric girlhood samplers from the collection of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society are on display this summer at the Hedge House Museum during regular museum hours. The exhibition highlights two schools of samplers, including a series decorated with bright blue forget-me-nots made by members of the Jackson, Spooner and Weston families, and several octagonal-bordered samplers in the style traditionally associated with Plymouth. Two local samplers from private collections, never before publicly exhibited, will also be on display. In addition, a magnificent New Hampshire bird-and-basket sampler, wrought by 13-year-old Susannah Knapp in 1812, and an intricate needlework map of the world made by Sarah Rodman of New Bedford in 1809 will be shown.
The exhibit is free with museum admission; open hours are 2 to 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, through August 31st, and 1 to 4 pm on September 6th and 7th. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, August 2nd — 1 pm: John Tribble, Stone Carver of Burial Hill

Many of the 19th century gravestones on Burial Hill were carved by the Tribble shop of Plymouth. Examine the local craftsmanship of John Tribble and his apprentices during this one-hour walking tour guided by Dr. Donna Curtin. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Antiquarian Summer Fair
Saturday, August 23rd — 10 am to 3 pm
Hedge House, 126 Water Street

PAS Summer FairAttic 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. Fee for luncheon.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, September 6th— 1 pm: Trades in Early 18th-century Plymouth
Much of Plymouth's industry began along Town Brook and Summer Street. Join Dr. Karin Goldstein of Plimoth Plantation as she discusses the growth of trades like tanning, fulling, and milling in this historic area from the perspective of Burial Hill. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Thirsty Pilgrim Beer Festival, Plymouth Lions Club
Saturday & Sunday, September 6th & 7th
Hedge House Museum Lawn

This refreshing fundraiser supports the charitable work of the Plymouth Lions Club – come raise a frothy glass for a good cause!

The Old Fort House Flip Fest
Friday, September 26th — 5 to 8 pm
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street

PAS Flip FestFlip is a frothy melange of beer and rum sizzled with a hot poker. Savor this old New England libation and other delicious drinks locally brewed and distilled by Plymouth's own Independent Fermentations Brewery and Dirty Water Distillery. Food historian Paula Marcoux will be on hand to talk wood-fired cooking and offer tastes – including flip! – from her new book, Cooking with Fire; copies available for signing. Chowders, pies and other homemade treats also available. Tours of the historic Harlow House included with admission. Cover charge $5. For Flip Fest updates, visit the Plymouth Antiquarian Society on Facebook.
For more details, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, October 4th— 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 and Dr. Karin Goldstein of Plimoth Plantation discuss archeological developments in our understanding of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Moonlight Tours at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Fridays in October— 7 pm
PAS Moonlight ToursEncounter mystery and history on this special series of evening tours at one of Plymouth's most unusual antique homes. Lantern-bearing guides lead you through the nooks and crannies of the old house to uncover long-held local secrets. This rare after dark experience offers a new perspective on Plymouth's past. (Warning: ghosts will not be included on the tour.)
Admission: $8 per person: $15 family ticket (2 adults plus children).
For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, November 1st — 1 pm: Pilgrims on Burial Hill
Where are the resting places of the Pilgrims? Discover how many of the settlers who arrived on the first four ships to Plymouth (Mayflower, Fortune, Anne, Little James), may be interred on Burial Hill. Stephen O’Neill, curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum, examines the evidence for their burials, including later gravestones on the Hill, death records, and even the burial practices and beliefs of the Pilgrims themselves. 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 6th — 1 pm: A Christmas Carol on Burial Hill
What did Ebenezer Scrooge have in common with Plymouth’s early settlers? Meet the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to learn the story of holiday observance in Plymouth over the centuries. Presented by the Friends of Burial Hill. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. There will be no tour in January, monthly tours resume February 7th, 2015. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Fairy Christmas at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street
Saturdays & Sundays, December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st
10 am to 5:30 pm

Fairy ChristmasThis December, the Antiquarian Society presents a magical holiday celebration for the whole family - a Fairy Christmas at the historic Hedge House. Enter the elegant 1809 mansion into a fantasy wonderland; explore eight rooms decorated with handcrafted displays in an enchanting fairy theme. Visit the Fairy Queen and her attendants in their glittering throne room. A holiday shop will offer a selection of handcrafted ornaments, wreaths and fairy accessories for sale.
Fee: $16 adult; $12 child; $50 Family Four-pack (2 adults and 2 children). Tickets are non-refundable. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase your tickets by PayPal button below, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

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