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    Learn about the life and times of our Pilgrim Forefathers. Read More
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    Anyone who can document his or her lineage from one of the following twenty-nine Mayflower passengers is eligible to apply for membership. Read More
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    Enter the 17th Century

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November 19, 2017 Thanksgiving Memorial Service and Dinner, Most Distinguished Pilgrim Award

Please join us Sunday at 2:00 PM for our annual Thanksgiving Service at Parkside United Church of Christ, 505 Main St., Phoenixville , PA followed by our Society's traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sheraton Great Valley Hotel, 707 East Lancaster Ave., Frazer, PA, 19640. 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 Winter Newsletter. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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2017 SMDPA Calendar of Events

15 Apr 2017                ANNUAL MEETING, Luncheon, Presentation
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM    Merion Cricket Club
                                    325 Montgomery Ave, Haverford, PA
                                    Guest Speaker:  Michael Tougais
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6 May 2017                 SUSQUEHANNA COLONY Spring Meeting
11 AM - 3:00 PM         Country Cupboard, Lewisburg, PA 17837
                                    Guest Speaker:  Thomas K. Gibson

20 May 2017              WESTERN COLONY Spring Meeting
12:00 PM -                  Edgeworth Club  511 East Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143
                                    Guest Speaker:  Melanie Linn Gutowski

4 Jun 2017                 SUMMER PICNIC - HERITAGE FESTIVAL
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Haverford Township Historical Society

15 Jul 2017                 WESTERN COLONY SUMMER PICNIC
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Annual Meeting, Luncheon, with Guest Speaker:  Michael Tougias

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April 15, 2017 - 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: Michael Tougias

To members and non-members, please join your SMDPA cousins and guests this April for our Annual Meeting at the Merion Cricket Club.  Our guest speaker, Michael Tougias, will present a lecture on the war between the colonists and Native Americans in 1675-1676.  Promptly at 11:00 AM, the nominating Committee will install the 2017-2018 SMDPA Officers and Board of Assistants.  After lunch, Governor Peter Adams will present the "Kitty F. Little Distinguished Achievement Award" to author and lecturer Michael Tougias.  Sit back to enjoy a wonderfu, educational talk with Michael Tougias to be followed by book selling and signing. View 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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Elizabeth Tilley Howland Mayflower Descendant Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships will granted to any graduating high school seniors in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are members of, or directly related to an active member of, the Pennsylvania Society of Mayflower Descendants and who has been accepted by an accredited college or university. The scholarship award, which is to be used only for college-related needs, will be paid to the college or university for the student.

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  • Anyone who can document his or her lineage from one of the following twenty-nine Mayflower passengers is eligible to apply for membership.
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  • Die-struck in solid brass with fine detail and vivid colors, our Commemorative Mayflower Coin benefits the SMDPA Educational Program. Order yours today.
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  • Curious about whether or not you may be descended from a Mayflower passenger? See our List of passengers with the surnames found in the first three generations after landing included.
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  • Put our Pilgrim fathers into the context of history. Discover contemporaries and other world events in relation to their place in time.

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  • The Mayflower and Me K-12 curriculum is a MUST for all educators, schools and organizations throughout the world, a MUST for adventurers searching myths and misconceptions in history.

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  • Once a quarter the SMDPA publishes its award-winning newsletter, The Pennsylvania Mayflower newsletter.
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