The first Meetinghouse where our Pilgrim families worshipped was built in 1621, in the middle of a wilderness, the year after the Mayflower landed. Records of our ancestors were stored there and passed on from congregation to congregation through the years. This is the fifth spiritual structure built here, designed to honor and memorialize the Mayflower Pilgrims. A more authentic historic place in America cannot be found!
The current structure was funded back in 1896 by donations from across America, and GSMD would like to repeat this practice as it raises money to leave a legacy to America’s family, the Mayflower Pilgrims. Restoring the Meetinghouse and making it the center of our Mayflower Pilgrim education mission is the best possible legacy GSMD could leave in 2020, to honor the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. For more information, click here.
We are asking that those who give choose whether they want to give to the restoration or preservation of the Meetinghouse.* Both will allow GSMD to accept the donation of the Meetinghouse and its records.
Restoration: Gifts to the restoration of the Meetinghouse will go into the Charitable Trust we have created. GSMD has agreed that should we not raise $3,000,000 by 2020, we have the option of not accepting the donation of the Meetinghouse from the First Parish congregation. All monies in this trust, should that happen, will still be used to restore the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse. None of this money will go to the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church and can only legally be used to restore the Meetinghouse.
Preservation: A GSMD Meetinghouse Fund has been established for this donation. Funds given will be used to operate the Meetinghouse. If GSMD does not accept the donation of the Meetinghouse from First Parish Church, the funds will remain with GSMD and be used on other GSMD initiatives.
Both of these choices are equal in importance. No matter who owns the current Meetinghouse, it is important to save the structure on the spiritual land where the Mayflower Pilgrims built the first Meetinghouse. Please note, however, that all plans and efforts being made are for the acceptance of the building donation and its records, and GSMD fully expects to raise the necessary funds.
To donate by mail, click here to download and print the donation form.
To make a pledge, click here to download and print the pledge form.
Checks should be made payable to GSMD with 'Meetinghouse' in the subject line.
Please mail to: GSMD Development, Attn: Meetinghouse, PO Box 3297, Plymouth MA 02361
*Please note, a donation in either fund towards the Meetinghouse of $1,620+ does not qualify for the Governor General’s 1620 Club. For more information on which projects to donate towards to qualify, click here.
For more information about the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse, contact Former Governor General Lea Sinclair Filson, Meetinghouse Fundraising Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you sincerely for your dedication and generosity to preserve the story of our Pilgrim ancestors. The General Society is honored to work with all who are dedicated to the heritage of our Mayflower ancestors.