Programs for Adults

Lunch and Learn





“Lunch and Learn”: Plimoth Plantation’s Lunchtime Lecture Series

First Thursday of Each Month, 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". 

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   Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lunch & Learn: The Wreck of the Nancy on February 20, 1927 at Nantasket Beach 

Speaker: Victoria Stevens (Curator at Hull Lifesaving Museum)

On February 20, 1927, amid a thick snowstorm, the five-masted schooner Nancy ran aground on Nantasket Beach, Hull.  Witnesses say the ship “hit a soft spot in the sand,” coming to rest fully intact and upright on the beach.  Efforts to refloat the massive schooner failed, leaving the Nancy, her Captain and the people of Hull with an unusual problem to solve. Victoria Stevens is the Curator at the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

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   Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lunch & Learn: 1624 Politics in Plymouth Colony

Speaker: Richard Pickering (Deputy Executive Director at Plimoth Plantation)

More than 400 Plymouth Colony wills and probate inventories provide information on the books, pamphlets and sermons owned by Mayflower passengers and following generations of colonists. For example, soldier Myles Standish owned a copy of The Iliad, Caesar's Commentaries on the wars in Gaul and Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World, and Samuel Fuller, the colony's surgeon, owned "Phisicke bookes."  Richard Pickering is the Deputy Executive Director at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum of 17th-century Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Homeland.

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   THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

Lunch & Learn: Tales from the Grace Trail

Speaker: Anne Barry Jolles (Author)

Embrace the possibilities of Spring! Plimoth Plantation welcomes international award-winning author, life coach and TEDx speaker Anne Barry Jolles.  Based on her bestselling book, Grace Trail: Find Your Footing and Move toward the Life You Were Meant to Live, this interactive and experiential session includes stories, metaphors, humor and education about how participants can take 5 steps towards their best lives.  Attendees will have an opportunity to walk a mini Grace Trail and will leave hopeful, joyful and ready to take on the world. Anne Barry Jolles is a renowned life coach, TEDx speaker and international award-winning author. 


   THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017

Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Two Colonies: Plimoth and Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century

Speaker: Stephen Kenney, Ph.D.  (Director of the Commonwealth Museum)

Most visitors to Massachusetts know that the “Pilgrims” arrived in Plymouth aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Less well known is the landing of a “Puritan” fleet of seventeen ships ten years later. On the flagship Arbella John Winthrop carried a royal charter establishing the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Learn about similarities between the colonies (like banning the celebration of Christmas) and differences that shaped Massachusetts to the present day.


   THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

Lunch & Learn: Putting Down Roots: A Discussion of Successful Genealogical Research Spanning Four Centuries Starting with the Mayflower

Speaker: Katherine Dimancescu (Author)

Come enjoy author Katherine Dimancescu’s engaging presentation about her search for early colonial maternal ancestors in southern New England and the unexpected surprises along the way including her Mayflower ancestry. Be sure to bring a notepad! Attendees will benefit from her discussion of genealogical research methods, resources, and experts in England and the United States who helped her add branches to her maternal family tree. Prepare to learn and be captivated as she shares selected stories about what transpired when doing genealogical research on her ancestors’ farms, on battlefields in England and southern New England, in archives and museums, and in historic houses.  Katherine has two non-fiction narratives The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past (published in 2013) and Denizens: A Narrative of Captain George Denison and His New England Contemporaries (coming in 2017).


More 2017 Lunch & Learn Speakers Coming Soon! 

Check our Events Calendar for upcoming Lunch & Learn topics and speakers. 

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PLIMOTH PLANTATION’S winter programs

Brave the elements and have fun while learning at these exciting winter programs. From cooking over an open flame to visiting "after dark", there are many opportunities to make sure the winter is lively and fun at Plimoth Plantation.

   Hardcore Hearth-Cooking with Foodways Culinarian, Kathleen Wall

Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Elevate your hearth-cooking skills with Plimoth Plantation’s Foodways Culinarian Kathleen Wall! Prepare a seasonal meal at one of our reproduction hearths using 17th-century recipes and techniques. Real time, real fire, real hands on! End the day with a round table discussion about food and the significance of the hearth to modern and historic communities.  Enjoy the aroma of an open flame, the taste of the food and the company of other enthusiasts. $140 for Members, $215 for Non-Members. 




Socrates said, "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel...." or is it?  Visit with us at Plimoth Plantation for our "Plimoth After Dark" events. Experience our Museum like you've never seen it before, with these after-hours programs throughout the year. All "Plimoth After Dark" programs are 21+. 

   Pretzels and Beer

Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Shape pretzels with ingredients and techniques inspired by the 17th century. Test your skill at 17th century drinking games and learn some of the twisted history of the pretzel. Need to spice things up? Try your hand at 17th-century mustard!  $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members. Admission includes 1 drink ticket.  This event is 21+ and pre-registration is required.


   The Essence of a Queen

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM 

Explore the sensuous world of Queen Elizabeth I's Tudor Court! Taste historic cocktails while mixing your own vial of the Queen's famous damask rose perfume. Test your skill at 16th-century drinking games, and enjoy rousing tales of life at court from William Brewster.   $40 for Members, $45 for Non-Members. This event is 21+ and pre-registration is required.



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For more information about our programs, please call Sarah Dery at (508) 746-1622 ext. 8359 or email