Welcome to SMDPA

The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (SMDPA) was organized in 1896 by two Philadelphians, Francis Olcott Allen and Edward Clinton Lee, who were members of the New York Society. The charter was issued on 14 October 1896.

Although its governing Board of Assistants has been based historically in the Greater Philadelphia area, the Society has two Colonies. The Susquehanna Colony is located in Central Pennsylvania in the greater Harrisburg area and the Western Colony is located in Western Pennsylvania in the greater Pittsburgh area. Members are invited to participate in the State and Colony levels or merely through our award-winning quarterly newsletter, The Pennsylvania Mayflower.

From the Governor's Desk - 8/26/2019

To our loyal members and cousins,

With summer waning new events and activities lie ahead. Mark your calendars for our Thanksgiving service in Old City Philly on November 24th. We will enjoy a beautiful service, dinner and donate funds to grateful church. There will be a float in the Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s Day that many of our membership will be riding.

Our updated website is now operational and paying dividends in communication and time saving. Did you know about 2/3 of our members have verified email addresses and that dues renewal or event registrations as well as store purchases or donations can be made on-line?  It is easy.  And for a trip down memory lane, check out our Members Area on the website for a contest pertaining to a SMDPA Thanksgiving event from the past.

Thanks to all that have paid your dues timely! If you have missed our invoice, please contact us.

We were blessed to have known Don Miller and very sad that he passed. What a great supporter of our society! Our deepest sympathy to Deb and Joan as they mourn and adjust.

Our new officers and Board of Assistants have been active this summer. They work very hard behind the scenes ensuring our ship stays on course.

Laura Tyndall will be representing us in Colorado at the board of assistants meeting. No doubt there will be news to share afterwards about upcoming GSMD activities for 2020 and beyond.

Western Colony held an event in July at Fort Ligonier in Latrobe. Photos are posted on our website (under previous events or by viewing photo gallery in the Members Area of the website). Our Captain, Keith Kammenzind was in attendance.

Our newsletter has been reformatted thanks to our Deputy Governor, Deb Georgantis-Miller and new volunteers Pam Palchowski and Sara Droddy, both from the Western Colony. We are going to press early to make sure our next edition arrives timely.

Jim Buckner has announced a scholarship winner, we are blessed to have a worthy recipient and trust our Mayflower support will guide the winner through their career and life.

As our 400-year anniversary in 2020 looms. Feel free to offer ideas for celebration and be prepared to participate in the events.

We have secured and will be announcing a very special speaker for our annual meeting April 19, 2020, stay tuned, location to be determined.

Thanks for your support!

Governor, Reed Kneale

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Upcoming Events

Nov 16

2019 Western Colony Thanksgiving Event

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving meeting of the SMDPA Western Colony.

Nov 24

Thanksgiving Worship/Dinner

Thanksgiving Service and Dinner


Feb 29

Board of Assistants (BOA) Meeting

SMDPA BOA Officers Meeting

Apr 18

SMDPA Annual Meeting

Please join us for our annual business meeting with luncheon to follow.