January 15: Mass Mayflower Book Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Mass Mayflower Book Club will take place on Wednesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. at the Mayflower Society House (snow date is Jan. 22).


The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants selects Mayflower II Diary: Sketches from a Lost Age by Peter Padfield for a Book Discussion at the Mayflower Society House.

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WHEN? Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (Snow date: Jan. 22)

WHERE? The Mayflower Society House (4 Winslow St. Plymouth, MA)

WHAT? Mayflower II Diary: Sketches from a Lost Age by Peter Padfield

This is a record of the 1957 voyage of the replica Mayflower II from Plymouth, Devon, to Plymouth, Massachusetts under Alan Villiers to commemorate the 17th century voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers.

It was every sailor’s dream: no GPS, no engine, just a sextant and the stars. The journal is a portal into a lost world.

Peter Padfield was fortunate enough to gain a berth aboard. When he wrote these diary letters to his mother he had no idea he would one day become a writer and leading naval historian, but it could have been predicted: with exquisite descriptions of wind in the sails and the changing seas, he conjures up the ship and her crew. 

Mayflower II Diary is an invitation to celebrate this unique and remarkable journey in readiness for 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ original voyage and the founding of the United States of America. 

WHO? The discussion will be facilitated by Peggy Baker, a local Plymouth historian and the Thomas Roger Family editor of the GSMD Silver Books, the Director Emerita of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum, and an Honorary Life Member of the MSMD.

Mark your calendars and start reading! For more information, please contact Cynthia Tinney at cmtinney@yahoo.com or 781-878-5273.

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