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.

What's Next?

THURSDAY, October 11, 2018 (*Special Date*)

Essentail Turning Points of the Salem Witch Trials 
Speaker: David Goss, Professor Gordon College

In some respects what happened in 1692 Salem was the product of a widely accepted belief system and a society that generally viewed itself as vulnerable to attack. But in other essential respects, Salem's experience was unique. Join David Gross as he discusses those unique conditions and the pivotal actions responsible for making the Salem witchcraft episode the most widespread and tragic event of its kind in American history. 


THURSDAY, October 18, 2018 Special Lecture

The Digital RM Site: A New Resource in Colonial New England Archaeology
Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Ness, Plimoth Plantation

In the early 1940s, Harry Hornblower II excavated a portion of the family’s farm along the Eel River. This site, later known as the “RM Site,” proved to be a late 17th-century home and was subsequently excavated by a series of archaeologists, including well-known figures like Jim Deetz. The identity of the owners and inhabitants of the RM Site has been debated for decades, with the most recent interpretation being that it belonged to Thomas Clark and was the location of the Clark Garrison attack in 1676 as part of King Philip’s War. Recently, we have been working to digitize the thousands of artifacts from the site, which are part of Plimoth Plantation’s collections. This process has shed further light on the site as well as the Clark Garrison attack. These preliminary findings hint at another possible owner and inhabitant and suggest that we might have been incorrectly interpreting both the site and the Clark Garrison story.


THURSDAY, October 25, 2018 Special Lecture

The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey
Speakers: Dr. David Landon, UMASS Boston

The summer of 2018 marked another year of UMass Boston’s archaeological exploration in downtown Plymouth. Dr. David Landon will provide an overview of the project to date, highlighting the ways archaeologists use artifact and other clues to envision past landscapes. The wide range of artifacts and samples collected span the entire period from Native Patuxet through the 20th century, and help us understand the history of land use and the town’s changing environment.


THURSDAY, November 1, 2018

The Pilgrims and Their First Encounters on Cape Cod
Speaker: Bill Burke, Cape Cod National Seashore

They say that first impressions are everything. For the Pilgrims, their first five weeks in the "New World were an eye-opener to be sure. Aside from tending to laundry and securing food and water, the Pilgrims exerted tremendous effort and took surprising risks while exploring the Outer Cape in their search for a settlement site. Despite the descriptive stories found in Mourt's Relations, Cape Cod National Seashore Historian Bill Burke ponders their decisions, their controversial actions and their ill-fated "First Encoutner" with the Nauset people-an encounter that forever shaped the Pilgrim story. 


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. 


Cider and spices

October 19, 2018  7:00 PM

Join us for an enchanting evening enjoying the flavors of fall. Sit by the fire and continue the English tradition of drinking wassail by making your own spice packets for mulled cider and wine. Music by Nanci Hobson.

Tickets are $8 for Members and $10 for Non-Members.

This is a 21+ event.


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