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Special Events

Forum — Mayflower
Saturday, April 28
12:00 pm
Best-selling and award-winning writer Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the acclaimed book Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War. He will discuss the history of Plimoth Colony, the story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians, and the legends associated with them, while also exploring a little-remembered but critical event in early American history—King Philip’s War. He will be available to sign copies of this book as well as his newest work, The Mayflower Papers, both available for purchase.
Buy Books by Nathaniel Philbrick on Amazon.com

“Marshfield Day” Open House & Ice Cream Social
Saturday, May 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come by for our opening day open house and enjoy some ice cream (weather permitting) at 1:00 pm!

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Reception
Sunday, May 20
4:00 – 6:00 pm
All members are invited and encouraged to attend the Association’s annual meeting. Volunteers are welcome to come together afterwards for refreshments. Bring a friend to introduce and get involved!

Forum — Hopi and Navaho Indian Culture
Friday, June 22
6:30 pm
Conni DiLego is a television producer, teacher, and social worker. Her documentaries on native culture have appeared on outlets such as PBS. She will discuss her experiences of living and working on a Navaho reservation for over 10 years. Light refreshments.

5th Annual Twilight Concert
Tuesday, July 3
5:30 pm
Come and celebrate the eve of America’s birthday! Bring your family, friends, and a picnic supper. Local performers will entertain with patriotic sounds and spirit at one of the nation’s oldest historic homes.

Clam Bake
Saturday, July 7
6:00 pm
$30 (Members); $35 (Non-Members)
To Reserve: (781) 837-5753 x7
Enjoy the end of the July 4th holiday weekend with a traditional outdoor clam bake, complete with lobsters and steamers! Cash bar.

Shipwreck Dinner & Lecture
Saturday, July 28
6:30 pm
$35 (Members); $40 (Non-Members)
To Reserve: (781) 837-5753 x7
An elegant dinner and lecture tradition continues as former Massachusetts Historical Society president and current Northeastern University professor William Fowler discusses early maritime history and shipwrecks off the New England coastline. Cash bar.

Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, August 11
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Billerica Minutemen, Her Majesty’s Regiment of Foot, and other re-enactors are scheduled to appear to recreate a Revolutionary War encampment on the grounds. Come witness a mock battle and experience some aspects of both British and American 18th century warfare and military life.

Tavern Night at the Olde Winslow House
Saturday, August 11
7:30 – 10:00 pm
$7 (Members); $10 (Non-Members)
The Winslow House recreates an 18th century ‘Publick House’ with tavern games, snacks, and musical entertainment with Three of Cups. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere and try your hand at colonial games of chance! Cash bar.

Candlelight Tour
Sunday, August 19
7:00 – 9:30 pm
$5/adult; $2/child
Experience the history and grandeur of the Winslow mansion by the glow of candlelight during this special biannual tour. Different tour times will be available; no advance reservations required. Reception with light refreshments and entertainment.

Forum — Fatal Forecast
Friday, August 24
6:30 pm
Local writer Michael Tougias, author of 16 previous books, will be discussing his newest work, Fatal Forecast. His book outlines the dramatic fight for survival of eight crew members aboard two fishing boats ambushed by a horrific surprise storm at Georges Bank, a fishing ground southeast of Cape Cod. The book also details the dramatic rescue attempts made by the Coast Guard on a day in which it received more mayday calls than any other in New England’s history. Light refreshments.
Pre-Order Fatal Forecast on Amazon.com

Turkey Dinner
Saturday, September 22
Cocktails 6:00 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
$25 (Members); $35 (Non-Members)
Join us in our annual autumn feast. Bring family, friends, and carve your own turkey! Cash bar.

Bus Tour
Saturday, October 6
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
To Reserve: (781) 837-5753 x7
Take a tour of Daniel Webster’s birthplace in Salisbury, New Hampshire. The Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Winslow House team up for a great day trip.

Symposium —
“Is Plymouth Really America's Home Town?”
Saturday, September 29
9:30 am – 2:00 pm
$35 (Members); $40 (Non-Members)
To Reserve: (781) 837-5753 x7
Since United States’ infancy, Plymouth, Massachusetts, has been celebrated as ‘America’s Home Town’. But in this, the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia, is that description accurate? Representatives from all over North America will be on hand to make their case as to why their location deserves this coveted title. After hearing the evidence, you’ll decide who made the more compelling case. Breakfast and lunch included.

Coffee Series

Coffee 10:30 am; Lecture 11:00 am
All: $20 (Members); $30 (Non-Members)
Each: $5 (Members); $7 (Non-Members)

“The Life of Benedict Arnold”
Tuesday, June 26
Philip Jordan
Philip Jordan is a frequent lecturer at the Forbes Museum Civil War Society and other local history clubs. He will discuss the complicated life of Revolutionary War general and notorious traitor Benedict Arnold—a leader who was far more successful on the battlefield than the more celebrated George Washington, but a man who fell victim to his own inner insecurities.

Ghosts from King Philip's War
Tuesday, July 10
Edward Lodi
Ghosts from King Philip’s War is a well-researched collection of short stories about ghostly visions throughout New England, based on the horrific King Philip’s War fought from 1675–1679. The two-year conflict took a deplorable toll on both sides. Brutality between settler and native Indian placed it as one of the worst wars fought on American soil. Many of the Indians, who once befriended the English settlers in Plymouth, were completely obliterated in the war while others were captured and sold into slavery or died from starvation and exposure.

“Searching for the Boston Strangler”
Tuesday, July 24
Casey Sherman
Casey Sherman is the author Search for the Strangler, a book which chronicles his own 14-year investigation into the notorious ‘Boston Strangler’ case. Sherman’s aunt, Mary Sullivan, was the final vicitm found dead in 1964. At 19 years of age, she was also the youngest victim of the two-year crime spree. Sherman has looked at the forensic evidence against confessed killer Albert DeSalvo, and his findings may surprise you.
Buy Search for the Strangler on Amazon.com

“Longfellow at 200”
Tuesday, August 7
Charles Calhoun
Prof. Charles Calhoun, a member of the Maine Humanities Council, has written the first modern biography of the man who created and defined Victorian American culture, entitled Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life. Longfellow remains the most popular poet of American times, and it is his epic poems such as Evangeline, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Courtship of Myles Standish, and The Song of Hiawatha that have helped to shape our country’s culture and historical record for all time.
Buy Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life on Amazon.com

“Modern Decendants of the Acadians”
Tuesday, August 21
John Chetro-Szivos
Professor John Chetro-Szivos is head of the communications department at Fitchburg State College. He has recently published a book, Talking Acadian, detailing how the modern-day descendants of the 1755 Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia have maintained much of their ancestry. Many of the refugees settled in Massachusetts and the following generations have retained their own language, work ethic, and cultural identity well into the 21st century.
Buy Talking Acadian on Amazon.com

Family Programs

Meet “D.W.”
Wednesday, May 9
6:30 pm
Kim Brown is the sister of children’s author Marc Brown and the inspiration for the character “D.W.” from the PBS television series Arthur. D.W. is Arthur’s little sister on the show. How did the character come about? Kim will talk about what inspires her brother’s writing, how to draw Arthur, and read the popular story D.W. the Picky Eater.

Children are encouraged to bring a clipboard, pencil, and a piece of 9” x 12” drawing paper to participate. Kim will gladly sign any Arthur books they would like to have autographed. She does not dress up in costume, so please inform kids of this in advance.

“Big Ryan” Storytelling
Friday, July 20
10:00 am
Popular children’s entertainer “Big Ryan” will be with us for his special brand of storytelling, puppet shows, music, and interactive games. Big Ryan is geared for kids from toddler age all the way to fifth grade.

Teddy Bear Picnic
Friday, July 27
10:00 am
Kids will make their own teddy bears and be able to take them home, after taking them out for a picnic on the grounds.

Building an Instrument
Friday, August 3
10:00 am
Instructors from the South Shore Conservatory will be on hand to introduce children to a variety of instruments. After being divided into groups, they will rotate between insrument building stations, each manned by a different artist. After creating three different instruments, the teachers will lead everyone in using their newly-created sounds in a song. Recommended for ages 5–9.

Halloween Party
Sunday, October 28
10:00 am
Children (under 10) are invited to come in costume and will participate in a variety of games and activities.

Keep checking our website for more details about this season’s programming for children and families, including:

  • Musical Petting Zoo
  • Story Hours

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