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A huge thanks to the South Carolina, Illinois, New Jersey, and Delaware Member Societies. Within twelve hours of the urgent plea for additional donations to the Meetinghouse, these generous Member Societies rose to the challenge, sending between them $53,000.00!
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants asks you to consider contributing to our greatest endeavor yet, restoring and preserving a historic legacy in America's Hometown. The National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse is located on the same plot where the Mayflower Pilgrims built the original Fort/Meetinghouse by 1622. This fifth structure, begun in 1897 and completed in 1899, stands at the top of Leyden Street overlooking Plymouth's historic Town Square.
Due to severe damage from storms and age, the 1897 Meetinghouse is in dire need of immediate repairs. Restoration of the stone façade is not only essential to maintaining the structural and historical integrity of the 1897 Meetinghouse, but to ensure the building's longevity through 2020 and beyond.
Through its Norman architecture and unaltered Arts & Crafts interior, the unique stained glass windows and many Mayflower descendant contributions, the 1897 Meetinghouse celebrates the birthplace of religious and civic freedom in America established by the Mayflower Pilgrims.
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On Monday, October 22nd, the town of Plymouth took a major step in support of the General Society and our greatest endeavor yet.
As we approach the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony, there are in living history many events and opportunities where members of the GSMD are encouraged to dress like a pilgrim and don Pilgrim Appropriate Attire. However, we have a major problem when it comes to Dressing Like a Pilgrim. The public image of what the Pilgrims wore is based on old images from the 19th century and early 20th century that are historically incorrect.
Last night on October 22, 2018, the Plymouth Town Meeting took a major historic step on behalf of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and our project to restore the First Parish Church in Plymouth’s Town Square.