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.

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Local Landscapes and Wildlands
Speaker: Scott MacFaden Director of Land Protection and Rachel Calderara Outreach and Education Manager at Wildlands Trust

Earth Month is the perfect time to learn about the work that Wildlands Trust does in Plymouth and beyond. From protecting cherished landscapes, to maintaining trail systems, to educating the public, Wildlands Trust works to promote conservation values in your community. Hear from Director of Land Protection Scott MacFaden and Outreach and Education Manager Rachel Calderara about this community-based organization and the importance of land conservation in Southeastern Massachusetts.


THURSDAY, May 3, 2018

An Atlantic Life: Reconsidering the ‘Lord of Misrule,’ Thomas Morton”
Speaker: Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Professor Roger Williams University

Five years after their arrival aboard the Mayflower in 1620, the Pilgrims at Plymouth worst nightmare, the “Lord of Misrule,” followed them across the Atlantic Ocean and set up camp. A few miles up the coast from their Plymouth settlement, near modern-day Quincy, Massachusetts, Thomas Morton and his crew celebrated the traditional May Day holiday and drank, danced, and made merry around a newly erectly maypole. May Day festivities were central to the culture of merry England, which the Pilgrims (and later the Puritans) desperately sought to leave behind. This talk will explore how May Day revelry was at the heart of the cultural and religious war between Anglicans and Puritans, which raged on both sides of the Atlantic. “Mine Host of Ma-re-Mount,” as Morton referred to himself, also challenged the strict ordering of society when he freed the servants at the plantation, and set up a forward-thinking settlement, where they traded and planted as equals. Morton, who was banished from New England more than once, vexed the Pilgrims and Puritans with his love of merry English culture, Anglican faith, trade with local tribes, and ultimately his efforts to revoke the Bay Colony Charter.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pilgrims Through the Religious Geography of England, from Henry 8th to James 1st
Speaker: Reverend Dr. Arnold Klukas

Any visitor to Plimoth Plantation can’t depart without  learning of the meandering journey which the Pilgrims took from their beginnings in Yorkshire and East Anglia, through their exile in the Netherlands, and their stops and starts on their voyage to America.  But few of us know the interior landscape through which they had to travel.  Between the reigns of Henry 8th and James 1st England was forced to endure five changes in its official religion, only to fall into chaos when the English Civil War abolished any official religion at all.

We can’t grasp either the courage or the convictions which motivated the Pilgrims  to journey to the wilderness of the New World unless we understand the religious geography which the left.  We also need to understand their vocabulary, and the landscapes which their words convey: Papist, Recusant, Episcopal, Puritan/Presbyterian, and Separatist/Congregational describe forms of church governance; while Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Calvinist, Arminian and Anabaptist explain theological traditions. It takes a detailed map to chart where all these various points can be found—so join us on a tour through this fascinating, if treacherous, landscape!


THURSDAY, JUly 5, 2018

Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War
Speaker: Lisa Brooks, Professor Amherst College

In Our Beloved Kin, Lisa Brooks traces the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson. Through both a narrow focus on Weetamoo, Printer, and their network of relations, and a far broader scope that includes vast Indigenous geographies, Brooks leads us to a new understanding of the history of colonial New England and of American origins. Brooks’s scholarship is grounded in both archival research and land and communities of Native New England.


THURSDAY, August 2, 2018

Lessons from Living History: Finding Meaning in the Past and Fostering Empathy in the Present
Speaker: Hilary Goodnow, Plimoth Plantation

What does it really mean to walk a mile in someone else's shoes? Public Historian Hilary Goodnow takes you behind-the-scenes into the historical record to meet Mayflower passenger Elizabeth Tilley Howland and explore what we can do with the lessons about history and humanity we find there.


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. 

April 20, 2018 

Pint and Paint Dutch Inspired Tiles

You've seen other paint nights, but this one has a Plimoth Plantation twist!

Play Rembrandt for the night at our Pint & Paint! Enjoy a pint or glass of wine while you create your very own Dutch-inspired painted tile. Take home a piece of history that you create! Ticket includes supplies. (Cash bar is separate)


More 2018 Plimoth After Dark Events Coming Soon! 

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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