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The General Society of Mayflower Descendants had the opportunity to welcome some of our most generous donors to Plymouth for our annual Governor General’s 1620 Weekend, held this year from Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd. 

Join us for ‘Illuminate Thanksgiving’ on November 19 for America’s Hometown Thanksgiving weekend!

DNA testing has been widely used for decades in law enforcement circles to identify individuals and establish paternity. Recent technological advances in DNA testing have also sparked interest in using it as evidence for genealogical research. While an exciting option, certain criteria and conditions must be met with recognition of its limitations. Thanks to our Surgeon General, Naomi Mann, MD and our Mayflower DNA committee, we have outlined this in our new policy.

Click here to download the GSMD DNA policy.

For information on the Mayflower DNA Project and to view project member’s mtDNA results, click here to login and visit our Mayflower DNA Committee webpage.


Sargent paintingThis article, submitted by Pilgrim Hall Museum, appears in the June 2015 edition of the Mayflower Quarterly, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Visitors to Pilgrim Hall Museum have, since the beginning of April, been able to witness a once-in-a-lifetime art conservation project. Thanks to funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other private donors, the largest painting at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Henry Sargent's Landing of the Pilgrims, is currently undergoing a tremendous restoration process. The painting has been the centerpiece of Pilgrim Hall since the building opened in 1824.

The three month project, considered the largest painting restoration project in the South Shore region's history, has an anticipated completion date of June 14. All conservation work is being done on site in the main hall of the museum, offering an opportunity for the public to view every step of the process.

Our GSMD Junior Committee has a new Facebook group! Join the group to keep up with all things related to Junior memberships - activities, scholarships, membership questions, and more.

Front Postcard Jpeg-02-01The Plymouth Historical Alliance (PHA) will partner with General Society of Mayflower Descendants and others to host Pirates Ashore in Plymouth, a free program of Pirate and Pilgrim fun for all ages.

Watch a band of legendary pirates sail into Plymouth Harbor on Saturday, May 16, 2015 to reenact the historic spring of 1646, when a crew of 80 English pirates descended on the quiet Pilgrim town.

Later in the day, visit the Pirate Encampment at the Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow Street, Plymouth for reenactments of reveling and feasting, musket and pike drills, and swordplay. 

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