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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. 

Pacific Coast article - image 1This article by Franklin E smith, appears in the March 2015 edition of the Mayflower Quarterly published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. 

The first recorded celebration of the landing of the Pilgrims took place on Tuesday, 29 October 1850, the day California celebrated its admission into the United States becoming the thirty-first state of the Union. There was a parade though San Francisco that began with a thunderous artillery salute by the United States Army. In the square a crowd had assembled to watch the American flag run up the staff which was copied in all parts of the city. Ships from around the world stood offshore dressed up for the occasion. The streets where filled with a joyous multitude as the Military, Fire Department, civic companies, and societies prepared to march.

House in Spring 2014 
On Sunday, April 12, local author Barbara Lambert Merrick presented "What do we really know about Elder William Brewster?" at the Mayflower Society House. Merrick presented facts uncovered during research for her newly published book: The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Part 1, Generations 1 through 4, volume 24 of the 'GSMD Silver Books' series. Editor Scott Andrew Bartley also gave a few remarks. See video of the presentation here:


A leader in Pilgrim genealogy research, The Mayflower Society has published its latest genealogy resource book, volume 24 of the 'GSMD Silver Books' series, The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Part 1, Generations 1 through 4, written by Barbara Lambert Merrick and edited by Scott Andrew Bartley.

Click here to purchase the book!

The Mayflower Quarterly, our venerable publication, is getting ready to change. 

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