Campaign News and Events

Campaign News and Events

Campaign Launch Party

Plimoth Plantation announced the launch of Illuminate the Past, Inspire the Future: The Campaign for Plimoth Plantation on October 3, 2017 at a beautifully crafted event that showcased various campaign projects and Museum initiatives. Guests enjoyed hors d’ oeuvres and a hot cider bar, signed trunnels that will be part of the restoration of Mayflower II, and participated in a Native stomp dance. Campaign supporters finished the evening’s celebration by participating in a warm, candle-lit outdoor party as Colonial role-players created an illuminated, living tableau in 17th-century reproduction houses.

Native Artifact Table
Native objects are displayed as some of the items that may be incorporated in a proposed pre-contact Native Peoples exhibit.
Kids holding number signs to create a long sign that reads $12,500,000.
Executive Director Ellie Donovan along with staff and volunteers announce the amount raised already for the campaign.
Interns and Wampanoag Living History Educator Tim Turner speak to guests.
Tim Turner (Wampanoag Homesite Manager) talks about plans for the proposed new exhibit and building on the Wampanoag Homesite with Museum interns.
Camper showing basket of goods to guests and staff.
Richard Pickering, Museum Council Member Marge Atherton learn about the summer camp program from a young camper.
Photo of room with guests mingling.
Guests enjoy mingling during the reception at the campaign launch party.


Woman showing trustees paper construction plans on a table.
Museum Programs Administrator & Intern Coordinator Hilary Goodnow excitedly shares plans for the new intern residence with Trustee Ted Hubbard and Special Gifts Advisor Peter Dubay.

A Warren Welcome

In late September 2017, trustee Marty Mugar hosted A Warren Welcome– an afternoon luncheon and immersive living history experience highlighting multiple generations of the Warren family to raise support and awareness of The 1670 Warren House Project. The event was narrated by one of Plimoth’s expert colonial roleplayers as she interpreted the life of 17th-century matriarch Elizabeth Warren. Attendees were invited to walk along with role players as the story unfolded, joining together for a final scene which depicted Elizabeth Warren reflecting on her life’s legacy.

Multigenerational gathering of women and a man dressed in 17th century attire.
The cast of A Warren Welcome, including staff members Vicki Oman, Hilary Goodnow, and Tom Begley, poses for the camera.
Crowd of people gathered around a table in between two 17th century style homes.
Guests assemble to watch the performance.
Young girl and older woman sitting on a bench looking at a doll.
Volunteer Leeila Branigan and Museum Educator Vicki Oman share a moment for the crowd.


Hometown Throwdown: Mayflower Brewing Company Chef Competition

As part of Plymouth Bay Arts Festival, Museum and campaign supporter Mayflower Brewing Company hosted the second annual Hometown Throwdown, a chef competition and celebration of brewing to support Plimoth’s Mayflower II Restoration Project.

Crowd gathering under a large tent to watch as the chefs participating in the competition rally to cook.
Multiple award-winning chefs compete under a tent for a coveted trophy by preparing special dishes using Mayflower Brewing Company’s wide array of special seasonal beers during the event.
Man and woman holding wooden trunnels with a table in front of them.
Drew and Heather Brosseau pose with their signed trunnels in the tasting room of Mayflower Brewing Company during America’s Hometown Throwdown. A portion of the event proceeds benefitted the Mayflower II Restoration Project.
Two women and a man pose for a photo in front of a table with trunnels on it.
Museum staff members Courtney Roy-Branigan, Kathy Rudder and Don Heminitz encourage guests to sign trunnels in support of the restoration of Mayflower II. Kathy Rudder also was invited to serve as a competition judge!