Author: Deborah McCormick

PAS Accepting Applications for Part-Time Bookkeeper Position

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society is seeking a Bookkeeper to ensure the smooth and compliant financial operation of the organization. The Bookkeeper is an independent contractor who reports to the Executive Director. This is a year-round, part-time (4-6 hours/week) position with flexibility in scheduling.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage Society’s bookkeeping using QuickBooks Online
  • Ensure timely payment of all bills
  • Prepare and make bank deposits
  • Process and record credit card and other online transactions
  • Reconcile monthly statements, including investment accounts
  • Assist the Director in the completion of tasks related to the annual financial review by an outside accountant
  • File quarterly sales and use tax returns and annual 1099s for independent contractors
  • Maintain financial records and ensure accurate financial reporting in compliance with all legal guidelines and established accounting principles


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and processes
  • Demonstrated skill working with financial information and maintaining records for nonprofit organizations
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks Online, Excel, and Word required
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of all organizational records
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail, ability to work independently, professional manner, and positive attitude are all essential

Pay: $25.00/hour

How to Apply:

For consideration, please email your resume, cover letter, and references to Executive Director Patrick Browne at

PAS Executive Director Wins Prestigious Dissertation Prize

PAS Executive Director Patrick Browne accepts the 2024 dissertation prize from Society of Civil War Historians President Dr. Lesley Gordon and Prize Committee Chairman Dr. Kevin Adams.

The Board of Trustees of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society are pleased to congratulate new Executive Director, Dr. Patrick Browne, on receiving the Anne C. Bailey Dissertation Prize of the Society of Civil War Historians. The SCWH recognized Patrick at their conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 20, 2024. 

The Anne C. Bailey Dissertation Prize is awarded biannually to the best dissertation that takes the U.S. Civil War era as its main focus. The prize committee praised Patrick’s dissertation, entitled, “Architects of Civil War Homecoming: Northern Relief Workers and Returning Union Veterans,” for its compelling argument and extensive research. 

According to Prize Committee Chairman, Dr. Kevin Adams of Kent State University, “Browne’s dissertation will become an essential study for specialists as we see it is likely to prompt a series of community studies throughout the North.” Patrick’s work focuses on northern civilians and their struggle to aid recently discharged Union soldiers during the thick of wartime crisis and in the years after the war.

Harlow Preservation Work in Progress

1677 Harlow Old Fort House

Happy Preservation Month!

Preservation of our three historic houses is a year-round, often behind the scenes, effort but you can see a more visible project going on right now at the 1677 Old Harlow Fort House.

Work to replace the 1677 Harlow Old Fort House roof, and siding on the adjacent kitchen/bathroom building (ca. 1970), is underway. Reardon and Snow of Scituate is performing the work, and come highly recommended by our Preservation Committee for the work they have done with PAS in the past.

We are using approximately $19,000 from our “Harlow Tip Top Fund” to complete this much needed preservation. Additional repair priorities on windows, doors, and more identified in our 2024/2025 Systems Replacement Plan, will require approximately $34,000 more.

Will you consider donating to help replenish the Harlow Tip Top Fund? All gifts will help fund continued preservation of our historic and beloved 1677 Harlow Old Fort House. Your contribution provides vital support to our nonprofit organization, as we continue to care for our historic houses and collections, provide free educational programs, and create opportunities for community engagement.

Please click below to give online or send a check to P.O. Box 3773, Plymouth, MA 02361.

Thank you in advance for your continuing support!

Dr. Walter Powell, Interim Executive Director

2024 First Fridays Plymouth

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society is proud to participate in First Fridays Plymouth, an initiative highlighting arts and culture in the Plymouth Bay Cultural District. On the first Friday of every month (May through October) from 5 to 8 PM, our Spooner House Museum will be open for free mini tours.*

*Venue change – the Hedge House will be open for Friday, July 5th only. The Spooner House will not be open on July 5th.

Entry into this special opening will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the small size of the rooms, visitors may be asked to wait outside until space is available to enter. Thank you in advance for your patience!

A Spooner House Fundraiser: Spiritual Readings and Tarot Cards – Fridays May 3, June 7, Aug 2, Sept 6, Oct 4

We have partnered with three Spiritual Organizations – Go Beyond the Gates, Kindred Spirits and Silver Moon Tarot – to offer tarot card readings at the Spooner House Museum (27 North Street) on select Fridays in 2024. Proceeds will benefit the preservation of our historic Spooner House Museum. Join us, in the spirit of fun, to gain insight into the past, present or future and to support PAS.

Readings will be offered at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and each hour is limited to 6 people. After you choose and purchase your hour, you will be notified of the exact time of your individual 10 minute reading. You are invited to a mini-tour of the Spooner House and to explore the backyard garden before or after your reading. Please be aware that this event requires climbing stairs. 

  • Friday, May 3 – 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm
  • Friday, June 7 – 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm
  • Friday, August 2 – 5 pm, 6 pm, 7pm
  • Friday, September 6 – 5 pm, 6 pm, 7pm
  • Friday, October 4 – 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Tickets are $55 per person ($5 discount for PAS members with code). Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. No refunds. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Please note that members may purchase an unlimited number of tickets. However, the member discount will only apply to 1 ticket if you have an individual membership; 4 tickets if you have a family membership; and 10 tickets if you have a life membership. Contact for the membership discount code.

To learn more about joining the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, click here.

If you would prefer to purchase tickets via the phone, please call the office at 508-746-0012. If you have any questions please email

Thank you for your support!

Plymouth Antiquarian Society Appoints New Executive Director

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society announces the appointment of Patrick Browne as its new Executive Director. He will take the helm of the 105-year old institution on May 27th. Previously, Browne served as Executive Director for both the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum. Most recently, he has been a Lecturer in the History Department at Boston University where he has taught many courses on the history of early New England.

Dr. Browne holds a Ph.D. in History from Boston University and received both his B.A. in English and M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His many professional and community activities include serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Plymouth 400, the Plymouth County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. He was founding Chairman of Backroads of the South Shore, a consortium of South Shore historical museums.

“Dr. Browne’s passion for history, extensive leadership experience with historical organizations and museums, and in-depth knowledge of the region’s history makes him exceptionally suited to lead our Society,” Antiquarian President Andrea Daly said in a statement.

“Having researched, lectured on, and written about the history of the South Shore for decades, the idea of furthering the work of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society is truly exciting to me and I look forward to contributing to the continued celebration and preservation of Plymouth’s history,” Browne said. 

“Dr. Browne will lead us at a strategic moment for the Society, which is embarking on an ambitious 5-year strategic plan,” said interim Executive Director Dr. Walter Powell. “We are excited to benefit from his expertise in the management of historic properties, collections, and development.”

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society is Plymouth’s largest organization dedicated to preserving historic houses and landmarks, serving as Plymouth’s historical society – the gateway to our community’s post-Pilgrim history.

Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Interim Executive Director, Dr. Walter Powell (right), welcomes newly appointed Executive Director, Dr. Patrick Browne (left), on the front steps of the 1809 Hedge House.`