News & Events
Last month, GSMD hosted the 40th Triennial Congress at the Society's national headquarters in Plymouth, MA. The conference stretched from September 5 through September 10, 2014 and it was a huge success. Almost 500 Society members and guests from all over the United States & Canada travelled to Plymouth to vote on changes to the bylaws, elect new officers, and most importantly – celebrate our Mayflower ancestors!
The Mayflower Society Garden Walkway Project is a way for you to leave a lasting memory of your family on the GSMD premises. Your inscribed brick will grace the gardens for years to come.
Donations will help maintain the beauty of the garden and grounds of the Mayflower Society House on Winslow Street in Plymouth.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is pleased to present Strangers and Pilgrims, the latest work by Dr. Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs. This 928 page hard cover book adds to what is already known about the Pilgrims in Leiden, but more importantly delves into the customs and life of that time to consider why the Pilgrims made the choices and decisions they did. This book is a must read for Mayflower descendants, Pilgrim history followers, and American history scholars.
"Strangers and Pilgrims" can be purchased by going to the GSMD Shop under Pilgrim Books.
Jeremy Bangs’ long awaited comprehensive history of the Pilgrims, Strangers and Pilgrims, Travellers and Sojourners - Leiden and the Foundations of Plymouth Plantation has finally been published. Well organized and well annotated. There are seven progressive thematic sections. Each chapter is written to “stand on its own.” Maps show known Pilgrim home towns in England and home locations in Leiden. The two-column 56-page comprehensive index includes all names (complete), places, ships and subjects making the book an excellent usable reference source.
The following poem is without author attribution (but see below). It appeared in the March 1846, Vol. III No. III issue, pages 249-50, of The American Review – A Wig Journal of Politics, Literature, Art and Science To Understand the Constitution. You may find it to be a “dance macabre.”
THE PILGRIM BALL
Written upon the occasion of the celebration, at Plymouth, of the two hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims – being the twenty-second of Dec., 1845 – which day was concluded with a “Pilgrim Ball.”