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October Evening Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

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One event on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 30, 2019


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Light refreshments at 6:30 pm; lectures begin at 7 pm

Explore new works on colonial women, get ground-breaking news on historical archeology in Plymouth, and learn about new perspectives on King Philip’s War during our October evening lecture series. Lectures are held on Wednesday evening unless noted otherwise. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first seated basis. For more information, call 508-746-1620 or contact donna.curtin@pilgrimhall.org.

Descriptions for all 5 events shown below.

Book Launch:
Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life
Wednesday, October 2

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin

Independent scholar Michelle Marchetti Coughlin launches a new work of Plymouth women’s history, published by the Pilgrim Society. Penelope Pelham Winslow, a member of the English gentry who was married to Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow, was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth Colony’s history. Like most of her female contemporaries, however, she has largely been forgotten. Though she authored or is mentioned in few surviving documents, she left behind a trove of physical evidence–from surviving homes and possessions to archaeological artifacts–that illuminate her experiences and offer a portal into the world of Plymouth Colony’s women.

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is the author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, which received an honorable mention for the Western Association of Women Historians 2014 Kanner Prize. She has been a Massachusetts Humanities Scholar-in-Residence, a historical consultant, and recently served as guest curator for Pilgrim Hall Museum’s current exhibition, pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth. She currently serves on the board of the Abigail Adams Birthplace and as Museum Administrator of Boston’s Gibson House Museum, and maintains a website at www.onecolonialwomansworld.com.

Before #MeToo
Thursday, October 10

Nancy Rubin Stuart

Nancy Rubin Stuart, prize-winning biographer of notable American women and Executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center, traces the traditional view of women’s inferior status through art, literature and social customs, and illuminates why shattering that concept is so difficult today. Stuart is the author of the highly acclaimed The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation, and the recent Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary Era Women and the Radical Men They Married, a selection of the History Book Club, Military Book Club, and Book-of-the-Month Club 2.

“1 gowne 6 petticoats 1 pair body’s’: Dressing in Early New England
Wednesday, October 16

Dr. Kimberly Alexander
Department of History University of New Hampshire

Material culture scholar Kimberly Alexander of UNH unpacks the meaning of clothing and textiles in colonial New England in a presentation that includes items from Pilgrim Hall Museum’s early collections. Clothing and textiles were essential commodities in the colonial world and were also prized luxuries, bequeathed along with wealth and land. Though their political and social meanings do not easily reveal themselves to a modern gaze, historians like Alexander undertake careful study of textiles and clothing to provide deeper and often unexpected insights into our understanding of the past. Alexander is author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) and the forthcoming Fashioning the New England Family, based on the Massachusetts Historical Society exhibition of the same title which she recently guested curated.

Memory Lands
Wednesday, October 23

Christine M. DeLucia
Assistant Professor of History, Williams College

Historian Christine DeLucia reconsiders the devastating colonial conflict known as King Philip’s War in her recent book, Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast (Yale UP, 2018) which just received the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians 2019 book award and Honorable Mention for the National Council on Public History 2019 book award. Through historical scholarship, Professor DeLucia seeks to foster “stronger understandings of Indigenous peoples–past and present–and the complex relationships they have developed with place, heritage, and colonization.” Drawing on oral traditions, material culture, archaeology, historical records, literature, and environmental studies, Memory Lands examines five specific places impacted by the war, and the lingering effects of this brutal episode on the region’s Native and Euro-American communities.

The Plymouth Colony House on Burial Hill:
New Evidence from the 2019 Excavations
Wednesday, October 30

Dr. David Landon, Associate Director,
Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research,
University of Massachusetts Boston

As part of a multi-year study of Plymouth Colony sites, UMass Boston archaeologists have uncovered the first intact sections of a 17th-century building on the edge of Plymouth’s Burial Hill. The structural remains date to the first half of the 17th century and appear to be part of the original Plymouth Colony settlement. Learn the latest findings from this exciting discovery and what it means for our understanding of the experiences of the Pilgrim colonists and the Wampanoag people of early Plymouth.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court St
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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