News & Events
2018 has been a year of auspicious change for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in preparation for the upcoming commemoration of the Mayflower voyage in 2020.
As the recognized leader in Pilgrim genealogy and research, the creation and perpetuity of GSMD has allowed for countless descendants to explore this unique heritage, cherish the sacred memory of our Pilgrim ancestors, and connect with a community of others seeking to advance the Mayflower story.
As the year of 2018 draws to a close and we look towards the future, we are excited to share our past year of successes and experiences with you.
Society will send formal letter of support to legislators asking them to vote in favor of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act
Plymouth, MA (December 9, 2018) – The National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse, designated as the place with the longest history of continuous spiritual worship in America, is changing hands. First Parish Plymouth, a Unitarian Universalist Church, the current denomination that holds services there, is donating the Meetinghouse to the General Society Mayflower Descendants (The Mayflower Society).
We did it!
On Sunday, December 9th, 2018 the representatives of the First Parish Meetinghouse resigned from the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse Trust, making the General Society of Mayflower Descendants the sole owner of the deed during an emotional service, thoughtfully titled "Forward Through the Ages" and lead by Rev. Authur Lavoie.
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!