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Lunch & Learn 400 Years Ago: A Look Back at Summer 1621

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Plimoth Patuxet Museums' Visitor Center

137 Warren Ave

Plymouth, MA 02360

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Feed your brain! Pack your lunch and join us for our hour-long Lunch & Learn lecture series!

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2021 marks the anniversary of the famous event known as the First Thanksgiving. As the year progresses, join Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ Deputy Executive Director and Chief Historian, Richard Pickering, in a series of Lunch & Learn lectures as he chronicles the Pilgrims' first year in New England. This month's focus will be Spring 1621.

In early July, Stephen Hopkins and Edward Winslow start for Pokanoket, go to Namasket along the way, and see the Native fishing weir in Titicut. They crossed the Titicut at Squabetty, and proceeded to Mattapoisett (Gardner’s Neck), and then to Sowams (Warren, RI) and were welcomed by Ousemequin. They saw many sachems and watched their games. The following day, Hopkins and Winslow started early and fasting for Plymouth, came to Mattapoisett, and slept at the weir On this same day in London, Thomas Weston wrote a scathing letter to John Carver that arrives five months later aboard Fortune. Hopkins and Winslow return to Plymouth wet, weary and worn, but in time for the Sabbath. Three weeks or four weeks later, ten men start for Nauset (Eastham) to seek John Billington, a teenager who had lost himself in the woods. They put in at Cummaquid (Barnstable) for the night, visited Iyanough, and went on to Nauset where they found Billington and were faced with the Native family whose winter stores they had stolen. Within days of the party’s return to Plymouth, ten men are sent to Nemasket to revenge the supposed death of Tisquantum. The ten attacked Conbatant’s house and captured the party, explained their military strike to the Natives who had not fled, and returned to Plymouth with two wounded Nemaskets needing Samuel Fuller’s care.

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You may bring a bagged lunch or snack to enjoy while you experience the lecture series. Our Plentiful Cafe will be open.

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Please contact Christina Coleman, Director of Public Programs and Hospitality, at (508) 746-1622 ext. 8107 or by emailing ccoleman@plimoth.org, with any questions or if you would like to purchase tickets over the phone.

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Plimoth Patuxet is a not-for-profit museum supported by admissions, contributions, grants and generous volunteers.

What We Do

Plimoth Patuxet, less than an hour south of Boston and minutes from Cape Cod, is a living museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that includes Mayflower, a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 and Plimoth Grist Mill. Visit our Craft Center and Plimoth Bread Company. Enjoy independent films at Plimoth Cinema.

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Our guests' experience is at the heart of what we do. The setting, the staff and a compelling approach to history combine to provide a memorable visitor experience. We are successful when a satisfied visitor recommends us to family and friends.

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