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PLYMOUTH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY (PAS)

Calendar of Events: Highlights 2015

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. Check out our monthly calendar listings for more detail.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, February 7th — 1 pm: Love Stories on Burial Hill
*CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW*
Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director, Plymouth Antiquarian Society shares true tales of love 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.
This tour has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 2nd.

Black History Walking Tour of Downtown Plymouth
*POSTPONED* Rescheduled to Saturday June 13th.
A slavery-to-freedom walking tour on the history of African-Americans in Plymouth. Learn about local resident Briton Hammon, who became the first published African-American author in colonial America; investigate the rare surviving traces of a slave-era estate, and follow in the footsteps of Plymouth’s fugitive slave population, courageous men and women who journeyed north to freedom. Meet at Shirley Square, the corner of Main Street and North Street for a one-hour excursion. To learn more, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, March 7th — 1 pm: Founding Women on Burial Hill
*CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW*
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.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, April 4th — 1 pm: Lost Buildings of Burial Hill
The base of burial hill was once crowded with buildings, from Pilgrim era houses to 19th century stores and dwellings. Patrick Browne, Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, will point out the sites and stories of these removed structures. Photographs and maps will be used to provide sense of Burial Hill’s environs as experienced by earlier generations. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Landmarks & Ledgends: Historic Maps of the South Shore
Backroads of the South Shore 11th Annual History Symposium
Saturday, April 11th — 10 am to 2 pm
The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 Court Street, Plymouth
Local historians examine the rich archive of South Shore maps and explore how the region was mapped and bounded over the centuries. 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.

Pot Luck Supper & Pop-Up Museum
Thursday, April 16th — 5:30 pm
Chiltonville Church, 6 River Street, Plymouth
Share good eats and a taste of history at our annual pot luck supper. This year’s program is a Pop-Up Museum – everyone is invited to bring along an interesting historical artifact or family heirloom to form a unique on-the-spot exhibition. Enjoy delicious homemade fare and join in lively conversation about the objects on display.
Social hour begins at 5:30 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 2nd — 1 pm: Love Stories on Burial Hill
Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director, Plymouth Antiquarian Society shares true tales of love 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.

Hands-On Riving Workshop with Peter Follansbee & Rick McKee
Presented by Plymouth CRAFT
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street
Saturday, May 16th — 9 am to 3 pm

Learn step-by-step how early Plymoutheans made clapboards, furniture parts, fencing and other wooden products in this lively hand-on workshop conducted by two masters of the many uses of riven oak. Lunch included in this all day session. All-day workshop includes lunch. Presented by the Plymouth Center for Restoration Arts and Forgotten Trades; for more information or to register, visit plymouthcraft.org.

Spinning Fiber into Yarn
Presented by Plymouth CRAFT
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street
Saturday, May 16th — 10 am to 3 pm

Longtime spinner Charlotte Russell and textile & costume expert Denise Lebica instruct you in the art of the drop spindle. Learn to evaluate types of fiber, prepare it for spinning, select the right spindle, and learn to spin. Participants will take home a drop-spindle and some fiber samples to allow them to continue developing as spinners. All-day workshop includes lunch. Presented by the Plymouth Center for Restoration Arts and Forgotten Trades; for more information or to register, visit plymouthcraft.org.

Antiquarian Golf Benefit
Monday, May 18th
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. To learn more, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Oak Grove Cemetery Tour
Saturday, May 23rd — 10 am
PAS Oak Grove TourExplore the rich history and romantic landscapes of Plymouth’s 19th century rural cemeteries, Oak Grove and Vine Hills on a free guided one-hour walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin. Experience nature and art in one sublime setting, with decorative monuments and tombs nestled among picturesque hills, vales, plantings, and pathways, and learn about historic Plymoutheans interred here. Meet at the Summer Street entrance by the stone receiving house. 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 October
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.
Summer Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 2 to 6 pm, June 3rd through August 30th. (Please note: the museum will be closed on Saturday July 4th.)
Fall Hours: Thursdays & Fridays, 2 to 6 pm, September 3rd through October 9th.
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 October

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.”
Summer Hours: Thursdays & Sundays, 2 to 6 pm, June 4th through August 27th.
Fall Hours: Sundays, 2 to 6 pm, September 6th through October 11th.
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 2nd through August 25th, 10 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.

Plymouth Underbelly Tours
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, June through September, 7 pm
PAS Underbelly TourEncounter Plymouth’s unexpected history on a guided Underbelly Tour through the old town center. History is more than dates and details – uncover the raw and real side of life in olden times on this 1 1/2 hour exploration. Our expert guides show you the strange but true side of Plymouth’s past, from murderous encounters to skunky schools and shape-shifting witches. Find out what the Pilgrims never wanted you to know!
Regularly Scheduled Tours, June through September:
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, departing at 7 pm from the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street. Reservations required; walk-ins welcome as space allows. Tickets are non-refundable. No tour Saturday 4th July. Fee: $15 per person; $10 student/senior. To make a reservation or for group tour pricing, please contact Joyce Poremski at 508-648-1721 or email pasoffice@verizon.net.
Tours Year Round:

Set up a tour to suit your schedule at any time of year! Minimum of 10 people. Reservation with $25 non-refundable deposit required.
For more information, or to book a tour, please contact Joyce Poremski at 508-648-1721 or email pasoffice@verizon.net.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, June 6th — 1 pm: The French Connection: The LeBarons of Plymouth

Dr. Donna Curtin examines the fascinating family saga of early French immigrant, Dr. Francis LeBaron, and his descendants. Tour begins at the top of the Hill. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Free Black History Walking Tour
Saturday, June 13th — 2 pm

A slavery-to-freedom walking tour on the history of African-Americans in Plymouth. Learn about local resident Briton Hammon, who became the first published African-American author in colonial America; investigate the rare surviving traces of a slave-era estate, and follow in the footsteps of Plymouth’s fugitive slave population, courageous men and women who journeyed north to freedom. Meet at Shirley Square, the corner of Main Street and North Street for a one-hour excursion. To learn more, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Acoustic Nights: Free Concert SeriesPAS Summer Concert
Summer Evenings, June — September
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.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, July 4th — 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 5th — 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.
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.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, August 1st — 1 pm: A Sailor’s Life on Burial Hill

Many of the graves on Burial Hill are memorials or resting places for Plymouth mariners. Learn about the opportunities and dangers faced by seafaring Plymoutheans over the generations. 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 29th — 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. Fee for luncheon.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, September 5th— 1 pm: Epitaphs Conventional & Curious

Join us for an entertaining look at epitaphs on Burial Hill, from the mundane to the eloquent, 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.

Fairy Folk Workshop
Saturday September 5th — 9 pm to noon
Harlow House, 119 Sandwich Street

Learn the techniques of making wrapped fairy dolls. All materials provided to complete an enchanting fairy to bring home. This workshop is for adult learners only; pre-registration required.
Fee: $25; $20 members.

Oak Grove Cemetery Tour: Civil War Stories
Sunday, September 20th — 1 pm
Meet soldiers, slaves & anti-slavery reformers interred in Plymouth’s finest rural cemetery on a free guided one-hour walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin. Meet at the Summer Street entrance by the stone receiving house. To learn more, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, October 3rd— 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 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.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, November 7th — 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 5th — 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.

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