Forward Through the Ages: Transfer of the Meetinghouse

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We did it!

On Sunday, December 9th, 2018 the representatives of the First Parish Meetinghouse resigned from the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse Trust, making the General Society of Mayflower Descendants the sole owner of the deed during an emotional service, thoughtfully titled "Forward Through the Ages" and lead by Rev. Authur Lavoie.

The morning started with a warm welcome from Rev. Art, who introduced Woullard Lett, the Acting Regional Lead for the New England Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Members of the congregation shared a brief history of Meetinghouses to grace this hallowed spot since 1620, and warm, powerful remarks were made by Jan Blanchard - Chair of the Friends of First Parish Meetinghouse. Deborah Rudolph led the transfer between Anne-Marie Harnett, the President of the Parish Committee of First Parish Plymouth and GSMD’s representative, FGG and NPMM Charitable Trust President Lea Sinclair Filson, as seen below. 

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We look forward to not only restoring and preserving this historic, architectural treasure but creating an inclusive, educational space for all who visit to explore the Pilgrims’ contribution to history in the heart of America’s hometown.

For more photographs and short videos of the service, click here to check out our Facebook photo album.

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