The Center for 17th-Century Studies at Plimoth

The 17th Century matters. Knowledge of our past can move us forward. History empowers us with stories of peoples and ideas. It enables us to cultivate a better understanding of who we are. 

At The Center, we create space for conversations and experiences interwoven with elements that are immersive and participatory, inclusive and social, personal and relevant, lively, and fun. We invite everyone to join the conversation, and we strive to inspire curiosity, change, and community.

Learning at the Center

The Center for 17th-Century Studies at Plimoth (The Center) is a collaborative community of scholars and lifelong learners who amplify Plimoth Plantation’s living history offerings, originals and archaeological collections, research, and oral histories to stimulate thought-provoking conversations that interpret 17th-Century Atlantic World experiences and apply that knowledge and understanding to today’s world. You can also learn about some of the Museum's most recent scholarship by reading these sneak peek articles from our yearly magazine, Plimoth Life! If you would like to receive the next issue of Plimoth Life for free, then become a member today!

The Internship Program at Plimoth 

The Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation supports students or career-change professionals with an interest in America’s early histories, Indigenous studies, museum education, theater, horticulture, and a passion for sharing it with the public. Plimoth Plantation’s interns enjoy an intensive experience as diverse as the Museum itself as they take part in the day-to-day work of one of our nation’s most important living history museums. This immersive, nine-week program combines hands-on fieldwork with enrichment opportunities, professional development, and career readiness.

Read more about The Internship Program at Plimoth. 




University Partnerships 

The Center offers unique opportunities for university faculty and their students to engage with the 17th century in new and innovative ways, onsite and online, including field trips and extended residential programs combining expert-led seminars with hands-on living history experiences; collaborate with Museum curators and staff historians on semester-long, Career-Informed Learning (CIL) projects; Research in the Museum's collections and archives; and explore career opportunities through  the Internship Program at Plimoth and Archaeological Field Schools




Project 400

Since 2013, an archaeological field school from the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in partnership with Plimoth Plantation and the Town of Plymouth, has been working in downtown Plymouth as part of Project 400: The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey. The field school consists of five weeks of excavation in the summer, followed by analysis in the UMass Boston laboratories during the rest of the year. The project includes a reassessment of the past archaeology of the Plymouth Colony and new excavations to locate sites that were part of the early colonial town. Working with community partners and descendant organizations, including the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and local museums, we are undertaking a series of initiatives focused on the Plymouth Colony to help advance a complex, inclusive, and scholarly understanding of the region’s Colonial and Native communities.




Learn more about Project 400 Co-Directors

Dr. David Landon holds a PhD from Boston University and is the Associate Director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, where he teaches courses and advises students in the Historical Archaeology Graduate (M.A.) Program. Dr. Landon co-directs Project 400.

Dr. Christa Beranek holds a PhD from Boston University and is a Project Archaeologist for the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research and Co-Director of Project 400. Her work focuses on Eastern North America, with interests in material culture studies, vernacular architecture, and archaeological writing. 

Project 400 - The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey, Update on the 2018 Field Season, Burial Hill Plymouth, Massachusetts

Project 400 - The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey, Report on the 2016 Field Season, Burial Hill Plymouth, Massachusetts 

Project 400 - The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey, Report on the 2014 Field Season, Burial Hill Plymouth, Massachusetts 

Project 400: Burial Hill 2019 Field Season Video


Professional Development & Lifelong Learning Programs

To forge connections between the 17th-century histories of Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Homeland and those we are making today in the 21st century, the Center offers professional development for K-12 educators as well as lifelong learning opportunities for all audiences. This includes the Museum’s popular bus tours as well as symposia, lectures, and pop-up talks hosted by Visiting Scholars and Fellows throughout the year.




Researching at the Center 

Plimoth Plantation curates and maintains numerous archaeological collections related to Historic Patuxet and Plymouth Colony in the 17th-century and earlier. In addition, the museum preserves collections related to the way these stories have been told and reinterpreted over the last 400 years and how that reflects America’s own changing national identity. The care of these collections and the research done by the interpretive staff at the museum are aided by a number of institutional and research archives that are kept in the Research Library

Click here for more information about our collections and archives



Scholar's Residence - the Hornblower house

Visiting Scholars, Universities, Research Fellows, and Museum Interns can request accommodations at The Center's Scholar's Residence. The Residence can accommodate up to 19 people in rooms with single, double, triple, and quad occupancy. Most rooms have an en suite bathroom and those which do not have easy to shared on-hall bathrooms. All residents have access to the shared kitchen, including cook and dishware, and laundry machines. The first floor - which includes common living space, the kitchen, a shared bathroom, and 2 bedrooms - is ADA accessible.

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Meetings & Retreats

Nestled amidst 130 acres of historic and contemporary landscapes, open space, and formal gardens overlooking Cape Cod Bay, the Scholar's Residence is an ideal setting for small meetings and executive retreats. The Residence offers the latest in meeting room technology, combined with a distraction-free environment and the comforts and conveniences of home. Our meeting rooms feature natural light and built-in audio-visual equipment. 

Our catering partners offer a variety of dining options including boxed, buffet, or served meals designed especially for larger groups. Enjoy modern cuisine or experience one of our historic 17th-century meals, with authentic preparation and dining to make your visit complete.

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