PLYMOUTH — Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court St., announced its October Lecture Series, sponsored by Mutual Bank.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. where refreshments will be served. The lecture begins at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All lectures are free and open to the public, however, a $5 donation is suggested. The schedule is as follows:
Oct. 4: “Ovens on the Edge, 1590-1640: An Experimental Archaeology of Baking.” Food historian Paula Marcoux traces the history of early colonial ovens through research, archeology and experiments in actual oven building. Marcoux’s project reproduced not only the oven, but also the bread and pastry involved in this international incident.
Oct. 11: “’The sword of justice has no scabbard’: Tracing Col. Robert Gould Shaw’s Civil War Sword.” Anne Bentley, curator of Art & Artifacts at the Massachusetts Historical Society tracks the story of the “Glory” sword used with the famed African-American Massachusetts 54th Infantry. This event will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. reception.
Oct. 18: “A Cloth Seal and a Muck Pit: Archaeological Discoveries on Burial Hill.” David B. Landon, Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, UMass Boston, reveals discoveries of the latest excavations on historic Burial Hill. This summer, the last artifact found on the last day of digging was a Dutch bale seal, a lead disk attached to a bolt of trade cloth. This unusual object is part of a large collection of early 17th-century artifacts and features that were recovered this season. Landon illustrates the 2017 findings and discusses what this archaeology reveals about the original Plymouth Colony settlement.
Oct. 25: “Four Lots, Four Centuries.” Architect Bill Fornaciari, investigator of Plymouth’s forgotten, demolished or hidden historic buildings, illuminates the evolution of the town’s oldest intersection.
Seating is limited and available on a first come, first seated basis. For more information, contact Donna D. Curtin, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-746-1620, ext. 2.