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History in the making…a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process in book writing, filmmaking, art, and poetry.

Despite the pandemic, the 400th anniversary commemoration continued through 2021 with great programming, including a fascinating virtual series: Plymouth 400 CONVERSATIONS. Hear the inspiring stories of authors, filmmakers, artists, and poets who discuss how the 400th anniversary commemoration influenced their work.

While plans for the 400th anniversary began many years before 2020, so did the creative efforts of the guests who were inspired by the Plymouth 400 story. Plymouth 400 has joined with Founding Signature Sponsor PACTV (Plymouth Area Community Television) to showcase a few in the Plymouth 400 CONVERSATIONS series.



Jan 21st & 28th 7:30pm

Guest: Mary Shields, author of Barnicle and Husk: The Adventure Begins and Barnicle and Husk: The Beginning, and founder of Shields Design Studio in Plymouth, MA.


Feb 4th & 11th 7:30pm

Guest: Chris Lloyd, Founder & CEO of What on Earth Books, publisher of The Massachusetts Chronicles - The History of Massachusetts from Earliest Times to the Present Day

February – March

Feb 25th & Mar 4th 7:30pm

Guest: Andrew Buckley, Founder of Hit & Run History, and producer of Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare's Shipwreck.  Click here to learn more.


Mar 11th & 18th 7:30pm

Rinaldo & Doyle / Talmage
This episode will be presented in two 15 minutes segments: Guests: Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle, authors of In the Wake of the Mayflower Guest: Jayne Talmage, Executive Editor of Duxbury - Our Pilgrim Story - A 2020 Perspective . Click here for more information.

March – April

Mar 25th & Apr 1st 7:30pm

D. Brenton Simons Conversations

Guest: D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Simons will discuss the newly-annotated 400th-anniversary edition of the personal journal of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford – Of Plimoth Plantation.

Click here for more information.


Apr 8th & 15th 7:30pm

April Conversation Guests
Guests: Stephan Delbos: the first Poet Laureate of Plymouth, playwright, translator, editor and literary scholar. Marianne van Velzen: Poet Laureate of Leiden, writer, coach, trainer and mediator. Laura Horton: Plymouth Laureate of Words, playwright and screenwriter. Click here for more information.  

April – May

Apr 29th & May 6th 7:30pm

conversations episode 7


Steven Peters: Creative Director for the traveling exhibit "Our"Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History" and developer of historical exhibits, content and interactive attractions that challenge historical myths.

Robert Peters: Mashpee Wampanoag artist, writer, poet, fire keeper, and keeper of oral traditions. He is the artist/author of "Thirteen Moons," and the children's book, "Da Goodie Monsta".


Air Date: May 13th & 20th  7:30pm

Raposa - Tibbetts image
This episode will be presented in two 15-minute segments: Guest: Dan Rapoza, professional photographer and author of Plymouth - Then & Now Guest: Barbara Tibbetts, creator and publisher of The Look Book series, including Plymouth Colony - 400 Years in the Making: A Scavenger Hunt.


May 27th, June 3rd & June 10th

Guest: James W. Baker is the author of several titles on Plymouth and the Pilgrims. He served as Research Librarian and Director of Research at Plimoth Patuxet Museums from 1975-2001, and Curator at the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury from 2002-2009. Click here for more information.  


July 1st & 8th,  7:30PM

Guest: Maggie McCarthy Baxter, Vice President of Programming, NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston, Lead Media Sponsor for Plymouth 400, Inc. In this role she oversees program acquisitions, the development of original local programs, content strategies, and community outreach/programming. Click for more information.  


August 19th & 26th

Guests:  Episode 11 will feature the Plymouth Tapestry at Pilgrim Hall Museum. Guests include Dr. Donna Curtin, Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuous museum in the United States. Elizabeth Creeden, artist, designer, needlewoman, and educator. She is engaged full-time in designing and executing the Plymouth Tapestry.  Paula Marcoux, food historian, writer, and editor who is also founding director of Plymouth CRAFT, the Plymouth Center for Restoration Arts and Forgotten Trades. She is also a member of the Tapestry core stitching team. Click for more information.

More episodes to be announced!


Plymouth 400 wishes to thank our Signature Sponsors for helping make events likes these possible. Full listing of Plymouth 400 Sponsors and Business Partners available here.

Thank you as well to the Plymouth Center for Active Living for promotional support. The Center for Active Living, or “CAL,” as it’s known, is a thriving, active senior center with over 10,000 patrons of all ages participating in activities designed to engage the mind, encourage healthy lifestyles and optimal physical health, invigorate the spirit, and foster meaningful social relationships. CAL is Nationally Accredited, a standard of excellence that puts Plymouth’s senior center in the top 100 out of 11,000 senior centers nationwide. CAL boasts a record-breaking 270+ programs per year, and as the largest growing demographic population in Plymouth, seniors deserve innovative programming that optimizes the CAL mission and ensures the best quality of life. Healthy aging-mind, body and spirit-along with community collaboration and integration continues to be the driving force of our current and future mission. Visit their website for more information.

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