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PLYMOUTH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY (PAS)

Calendar of Events: Highlights 2013

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 2013 (excepting January) for an engaging series of free history tours of Burial Hill, led by local historians and guides. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. 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 2nd — 1 pm: Love Stories of Plymouth: A Burial Hill Valentine
Join Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director, Plymouth Antiquarian Society to learn about romance in old Plymouth and hear stories of some of the town's most star-crossed couples. Meet at the Burial Hill Entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, March 2nd — 1 pm: Black History on Burial Hill
Explore Plymouth's segregated past and uncover the history of some of the town's early black residents with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director, Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, April 6th — 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. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Upstairs Downstairs: Servitude and Slavery on the South Shore
Backroads of the South Shore History Symposium
Saturday, April 13th — 10 am - 2:30 pm
Allerton Hall, Church of the Pilgrimage, 8 Town Square, Plymouth
Local historians present a series of mini-lectures on the region's servants and laborers, free and unfree, over the centuries. Jennifer Pustz, Museum Historian of Historic New England and author of Voices From the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants' Lives at Historic House Museums is the keynote speaker. 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. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net.

Pot Luck Supper
Thursday, April 18th — 5:30 pm
Kendall Hall, First Parish Church, Town Square, Plymouth
Enjoy a taste of history at our annual pot luck supper. Featuring an illustrated talk Historic Landscapes - Challenges and Choices by Bob Hoxie, owner of Great Hill Horticultural Services and former Associate Director of Historic Landscapes at Plimoth Plantation. Bob will discuss the unique concerns involved in preserving, maintaining and restoring historic landscapes, using the restoration of the Rose Briggs Memorial Garden at Hedge House as a case study.
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 4th — 1 pm: Women's History on Burial Hill
Learn about women’s changing roles and experiences over the centuries and encounter some of Plymouth’s most intriguing women of past eras in this one-hour guided tour with Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director, Plymouth Antiquarian Society, and author of Plymouth, a postcard history. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Jane Austen Tea at the Hedge House Museum
Saturday, May 11th — 2 to 4 pm, Mother’s Day weekend

Austen TeaEnjoy a scrumptious English tea and immerse yourself in Jane Austen’s world during a special tour of the 1809 Hedge House. Experience the customs and social milieu of Regency England as described in Austen's novels; elegantly costumed guides provide insights on the experiences of provincial Americans in the era.
Tickets, $15 pp; $12 members. Reservations required. To download a printable reservation form click here; email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 to reserve a place.

Antiquarian Golf Benefit
Monday, May 20th
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. Fee of $125 (early registration $110) per player includes all golf fees, dinner, and a contribution to the Antiquarian Society. Registration begins at 11:30 am, shotgun start at 1 pm, reception & dinner begin at 5:30 pm. Email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 for registration.

Premiere of Antiquarian: The Story of Preserving Plymouth
Rededication of the Rose Briggs Memorial Garden
Exhibit Opening, Pocketful of Posies: The Fiber Artistry of Salley Mavor
Saturday, June 1st — 4 to 7 pm,
Join us at Memorial Hall for a 4 pm showing of our new documentary Antiquarian: The Story of Preserving Plymouth including a question and answer session with filmmaker Jon Dorn of Brewster Productions. Then walk over to the Hedge House for the rededication of the Rose Briggs Memorial Garden and the opening of Pocketful of Posies, an exhibit of original artwork by Salley Mavor, nationally recognized fiber artist and one of the country's most lauded children's book illustrators.
Admission fee includes refreshments in the restored garden.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, June 1st — 1 pm: Lost Buildings on Burial Hill
Stephen O’Neill, Associate Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, leads a one-hour walking tour investigating the locations of two 17th-century forts, an early colonial watch house and other structures that once perched on the Hill. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, 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.
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 2 to 6 pm, June through August. (Please note: on Saturday, June 1st the last public tour will be at 3 pm; the museum will be closed on Thursday July 4th and Saturday July 27th.)
Admission: $5 adults; $2 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: on Saturday, June 1st the last public tour will be at 3 pm; the museum will be closed on Thursday July 4th.)
Admission: $5 adults; $2 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents.

Thursdays at the Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street
June through August

Visit this rare surviving 17th-century homestead, original home of William Harlow, local cooper, farmer, constable and sergeant of the Plymouth militia, every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer. Bring the kids for a hands-on crafts program at the on-site Education Center. Gift shop open.
Hours: Thursdays, 2 to 6 pm, June through August. (Please note: the museum will be closed on Thursday July 4th.)
Admission: $5 adults; $2 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents

Workshop: Gardening Lessons from the Past
Sunday, June 9th — 1 to 2 pm
Rose Briggs Memorial Garden at the 1809 Hedge House

Bob Hoxie, owner of Great Hill Horticultural Services and former Associate Director of Historic Landscapes at Plimoth Plantation presents a workshop on the plants, materials and design of historic gardens in the newly restored Rose Briggs Memorial Garden, highlighting ideas for improving both old and new landscapes.
Fee: $15; $10 members. Email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 to reserve a place.
MCCThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Plymouth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Antiquarian Hearth & Home Tours
Saturday, June 15th — 10 am to 4 pm

Explore 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 afternoon tea in the Rose Briggs Memorial Garden at the 1809 Hedge House.
Fee: $35; $30 members & advance discount. Pay by PayPal button below; download a printable reservation form here; email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 to reserve a place.

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Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, July 6th — 1 pm: Revolutionary Dastards & Heroes
Burial Hill Revolutionary Heroes tourEncounter Plymouth’s Revolutionary past from the family plot of the patriotic Warrens to the graves of residents suspected of favoring the Crown. Guided walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin lasts about one hour and is free and open to the public. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Pilgrim Breakfast
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street
Sunday, July 7th — 8:30 to 11:30 am

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.
Fee: $12 per person; $10 members. Family discount available.
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to download a reservation form. For more details, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Fairy Detective Workshop at the Hedge House
Wednesday, July 17th
— 1 to 2:30 pm
The Rose Briggs Memorial Garden provides a perfect location for this fairy-themed event. Check back for more details.

Teddy Bear Picnic
Harlow Old Fort House, 119 Sandwich Street
Date to be announced — 10 am to noon

PAS Teddy Bear PicnicA lively morning of storytelling, hands-on kids’ activities, and a puppet play. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bear! Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Admission fee: $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, August 3rd — 1 pm: Epitaphs: Conventional & Curious

Join us for an entertaining look at Plymouth epitaphs from the mundane to the eloquent, guided by Dr. Donna Curtin. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Tastes of Plymouth's Past
Hedge House, 126 Water Street
Friday, August 23rd — 6 to 8 pm

Food historian Paula Marcoux presents a lecture on 19th-century Plymouth foodways, the subject of her forthcoming book, Codfish Muddle & Whortleberry Cake. A hearty array of authentic Plymouth recipes will be served. Fee. Reservations required. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Antiquarian Summer Fair
Hedge House, 126 Water Street
Saturday, August 24th — 10 am to 3 pm

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.
Browsers welcome, free of charge! Fee for luncheon.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, September 7th— 1 pm: Stone Carvers of Burial Hill
Who created the carved gravestones that so many visitors admire on Burial Hill? Examine a range of gravestone art and learn about different carvers and their motifs during this one hour walking tour, guided by Dr. Donna Curtin. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, October 5th— 1 pm: Finding Early Plymouth: A View from Burial Hill

Many visitors appreciate the scenic vistas observed from Burial Hill’s steep slopes. Dr. Karin Goldstein of Plimoth Plantation offers an intriguing archeological and historical overview of early Plymouth from this exceptional vantage point. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, November 2nd — 1 pm: Puritan Funerals
Stephen O’Neill, Associate Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum, shares his expertise on Plymouth history to examine the colony’s funerary practices and how they changed over time. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. For more information, email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012.

Save the Date!
Plymouth Antiquarian Society's 94th Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Saturday, November 9th —Meeting starts 11:30 am, luncheon served at noon
Plymouth Country Club
Please join us for our 94th Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Enjoy a history program and panoramic views of Plymouth harbor while you savor a delicious buffet luncheon.
Non-members welcome! Prepaid reservations are required.
Email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012 to reserve a place.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Saturday, December 7th — 1 pm: Christmas Tales & Traditions
Learn about Christmas observances in old Plymouth on a one-hour walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin. Meet at the main entrance by First Parish Church. There will be no tour in January, monthly tours resume February 1st, 2014. 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