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Throughout Plymouth County, and no matter your interest, you will find what you are looking for. The events we choose define our lives and feed our souls. The town and county of Plymouth offers events that lead straight to what moves you. Sit back, put up your feet, and plan your itinerary for a time well spent.

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The Mayflower Society Lecture Series (virtual)

BETH FINCH MCCARTHY, “WHO LYETH THERE? DIGGING UP COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND ANCESTOR RECORDS.” Researching your early New England family presents many challenges. Events may not have been recorded, or there is no standard for finding the records. You will learn how to place your ancestor in historical context and effectively locate historical records and other essential...

Beyond Salem: The Witch Trials in Torsåker, Sweden (virtual)

Though the Salem trials of 1692 are today one of the most famous in the Western world, they were far from the largest or deadliest. Nearly two decades before Salem, the Torsåker parish in Sweden was overtaken by a terrible witchcraft panic. In just one day in 1675, 71 people were beheaded and burned at...

The Mayflower Society Lecture Series (Plymouth)

MARK SCHMIDT, “THE MAYFLOWER SOCIETY HOUSE AND THE RED CROSS: HOW THE HOUSE WAS USED DURING WORLD WAR II” In December 1941, just as the United States was entering World War II, the Winslow House became the property of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. It was then turned over to the Plymouth chapter of the...

The Mayflower Society Lecture Series (virtual)

BONNIE MUCIA, “SETTING SAIL TO THE MAYFLOWER SOCIETY WITH THE SILVER BOOKS AS YOUR GUIDE” Do you know how to apply to a lineage society?  Do you understand the purpose of the Silver Books and how they are to be used?  This will be a way to better comprehend both. In 2021, the Mayflower Society launched...

Salem Witch Museum – Memorializing the Witch Trials (virtual)

Salem Witch Museum 19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, MA

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Erected in downtown Salem in 1992, this was an important moment for the city, as Salem continued to process the legacy and significance of these tragic events as a modern community. During the years leading up to the 300th anniversary, the...

The Mayflower Society Lecture Series (virtual)

JEANETTE SHELIGA, “BEEFING UP AN ANCESTOR’S TIMELINE” So often there are unanswered questions and brick walls surrounding a person on your family tree. This presentation focuses on techniques and good practices on how to obtain and organize all of the information that you can locate on a person and, hopefully, help to answer your questions and...

The Mayflower Society Lecture Series (virtual)

Shellie Karol-Chik, “Disease and Epidemics in Colonial New England” More details to come. In 2021, the Mayflower Society launched a very popular Lecture Series covering a variety of Mayflower Pilgrim-related topics including their odyssey, their life and times, their maritime experience and, of course, genealogy! Please plan join us to enjoy learning more about Mayflower Pilgrim...

History of Haunted Happenings (Virtual)

This year is an anniversary heavy year for us– as many of you may know! Not only is it the Salem Witch Museum’s 50th anniversary, it is also the 30th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the 40th anniversary of Salem’s Haunted Happenings festival (both of which this museum was instrumental in creating)....

The Mayflower Society Lecture Series (virtual)

GEOFFREY GAMBLE, "THE MAYFLOWER AND ITS CREW: A NAUTICAL AND SOCIETAL HISTORY" More details to come. In 2021, the Mayflower Society launched a very popular Lecture Series covering a variety of Mayflower Pilgrim-related topics including their odyssey, their life and times, their maritime experience and, of course, genealogy! Please plan join us to enjoy learning more...

2022-2023 Lecture Series: Native Homelands/Settler Colonialism (Hingham)

Hingham Historical Society 34 Main Street, Hingham, MA

Native Americans, English Colonists, and Strange Beasts Virginia D. Anderson - In conversation with Society Board member Eileen McIntyre, Professor Anderson will be on screen from Colorado. The discussion will focus on Anderson's fascinating exploration of how imported European livestock contributed both to cultural clash between Indians and English colonists, and to westward expansion of the...

The Mayflower Society Virtual Lecture Series (Plymouth)

John G. Turner, author of They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty, will talk about where the Pilgrims fit into contemporary American arguments about the nation’s origins and past. For more Information and for the event link Click Here. These lectures are free, require no pre-registration and are open to...

The Massachusetts Sixpence of 1652-A Rare Archaeological Find (Duxbury)

Alden House Historic Site 105 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA

Join Alan Stahl, Curator of Numismatics at Princeton University, for an online talk on Friday, January 27 at noon, about a silver sixpence bearing the date 1652, found at John and Priscilla Alden's 17th-century homesite during an archaeological dig in 1960.  Dr. Stahl will also discuss the context of coinage and other types of money circulating...