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2018 Calendar of Events                                                             

Dates: TBA              Board of Assistants Meetings

All BOA meetings are held on Saturdays at Merion Cricket Club.  

April 14, 2018          Annual Meeting and Tea at Merion Cricket Club
                                 325 Montgomery Ave., Haverford, PA 19041

        11:00 AM          Business Meeting
        12:30 PM          Luncheon and Guest Speaker: Darvin L. Martin

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May 5, 2018           SUSQUEHANNA COLONY Spring Meeting

11 AM - 3:00 PM   Country Cupboard, Lewisburg, PA 17837                                    

May 19, 2018         WESTERN COLONY Spring Meeting

12:00 PM           Location TBD
                        Guest Speaker:  TBD

June 3, 2018            SMDPA Summer Picnic at the Haverford Township Historical Society Heritage Festival

The SMDPA will be hosting the Summer Picnic in Haverford, PA during the Haverford Township Historical Society Heritage Festival.  A favorite springtime event for the township residents, the Festival celebrates local history and culture in the beautiful natural setting by Cobbs Creek. The Heritage Festival features living history exhibits, live music, delicious food and a beer garden. The SMDPA is proud to be sponsoring a table at this event. The Heritage Festival takes place on Karakung Drive between Lakeside Drive and Manoa Road in Haverford, PA. Stroll along the drive and enjoy the day with the whole family. If juniors are interested in participating at the exhibit table , please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 10, 2018     Bucks County Ancestry Fair

The 12th Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Bucks County Genealogical Society. The SMDPA is proud to be an exhibitor at this event. The fair will be held at the Bucks County Community College, Upper Campus, 1 Hillendale Rd., Reading, PA. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the keynote address will begin at 9:30 AM. For more information, please visit: www.ancestryfair.com.

November 18, 2018     Thanksgiving Memorial Service and Dinner, Most Distinguished Pilgrim Award

Please join us Sunday, November 18th at 2:00 PM for our annual Thanksgiving Service followed by our Society's traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, and the presentation of the John Hunt Jr. Most Distinguished Pilgrim Award to a current SMDPA member. The award is bestowed upon Pennsylvania Society members for their exceptional service to the state Society.

Do you have a junior that wants to participate in the opening and closing processions?  They will be dressed in Pilgrim clothing by our volunteers and have their pictures taken, which will be used, with your consent, in our Spring Newsletter.

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Annual Meeting, Luncheon, with Guest Speaker: Darvin L. Martin

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April 14, 2018 - Annual Meeting and Tea at Merion Cricket Club
325 Montgomery Ave., Haverford, PA 19041
11:00 AM Business Meeting
12:30 PM Luncheon and Guest Speaker: Darvin L. Martin

To members and non-members, please join your SMDPA cousins and guests in April for our Annual Meeting at the Merion Cricket Club.  Our guest speaker, Darvin L. Martin will be presenting a very new and relevant topic: DNA & Genealogy (you can read more about this presentation in our Spring Newsletter).  Promptly at 11:00 AM, the nominating Committee will install the 2018-2019 SMDPA Officers and Board of Assistants.  Click here to View the Annual Meeting and Tea Flyer/Reservation Form.

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Annual Summer Picnic

The SMDPA will be hosting the Summer Picnic in Haverford, PA during the Haverford Township Historical Society Heritage Festival.

 

A favorite springtime event for township residents, the Festival celebrates local history and culture in the beautiful natural setting by Cobbs Creek.  The Heritage Festival features living history exhibits, live music, delicious food and a beer garden.  The SMDPA is proud to be sponsoring a table at this event featuring Mayflower Society and membership information, and the sale of our commemorative items.  

The Heritage Festival takes place on Karakung Drive between Lakeside Drive and Manoa Road in Haverford, PA.  Stroll along the drive and enjoy the day with the whole family.  If our junior members are interested in participating at the exhibit table, please contact James Buckner, Education Chair at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Latest News

From the Governor’s Desk:

Hello members of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

As you are aware, before the Mayflower Compact, former charters of freedom, notably the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights, were efforts to gain rights from powerful monarchs.

The Mayflower Compact was different. It was the first document to portray power being vested in its people as the Mayflower Pilgrims first acknowledged that the source of power comes from within. In so doing, the Mayflower Pilgrims first established popular constitutional liberty.

The signing of the Mayflower Compact has been studied, praised and held in the highest esteem throughout the world for centuries - as if it were a beacon of light illuminating the world. To quote John Quincy Adams, “the Mayflower Compact is perhaps the only instance in human history of that positive, original social compact, which speculative philosophers have imagined as the only legitimate source of government.”

We will continue to carry high this torch of truth and spread our educational mission throughout the entire Commonwealth as we sail forward together.

Please plan to attend our Annual Meeting and Tea on April 14, 2018 at the Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, PA at 11 AM. I look forward to seeing you all. I guarantee you will enjoy the annual meeting, our planned festivities and learning more about the “Mayflower Compact Signing.“

Thank you for your membership and involvement and I look forward to meeting you. There is no history like our history. We are blessed and fortunate to host a very important role in America because “We Are Thanksgiving.”

Blessings,
Peter M. Adams, Governor

 

 
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