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Mayflower and Me K-12 Curriculum

Mayflower and MeNewly revised, the intent of this K-12 curriculum project, “Mayflower and Me,” is to develop one special curriculum on the “Pilgrim Story,” and offer it through the Education Committee of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (SMDPA).

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Pilgrims: Then and Now

Pilgrims: Then and NowIn 1990 the State Society sponsored its own publication about the Pilgrims and how their covenant concept "played a major role in the formation of the church to which they pledged mutual aid in the care of one another." Their similar pledge with the native Americans promoted peace for fifty-five years. Thousands of copies have been distributed to schools, scout groups, etc. as well as each new State Society member.

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Two Lost Returned Safely

Two Lost Returned SafelyNew Plimoth, Cape Cod Sunday, 14 January 1621 (O.S.)

On this day a party went ashore to return John Goodman and Peter Browne to the ship Mayflower. They had been lost for two days. Herewith follows Master Edward Winslow's relation of the events.

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The Story of the Pilgrims' Mayflower

The Story of the Pilgrims MayflowerMayflower has been a well used name for ships over the centuries in the English-speaking world. In fact there was another ship Mayflower that arrived in Plymouth in August 1629 with settlers on their way to Puritan settlements in Salem and Charlestown.

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The Landing of the Pilgrims

The Landing of the PilgrimsWhat is the significance of this painting? It might be titled "Ladies First!" Perhaps you can identify some of the individuals shown; that is probably Captain Myles Standish as the left wearing the helmet and holding the oar. Note there there are other women and children.

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What's Your Name?

What's Your Name?First names are like clothes: they go through fads. Names that were popular in the early 1600's may not be popular today as indicated by the name tag seen here that we have made for one of Elder William Brewster's sons.

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Governor Winslow Dies!

Governor Wislow Dies!EXTRA! Dateline Plimoth, July 1655 New England's 1st International Diplomat Dies at Sea. Word of Governor Edward Winslow's death as it may have been received in Pilgrim times.

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The First Thanksgiving

The First ThanksgivingWe are sure all of you have an idea as to the beginnings of Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday. The date we currently celebrate, the fourth Thursday in each November, was set aside by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. He changed it from the last Thursday in November as set aside by President Abraham Lincoln.

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S'Mores on the Mayflower

S'Mores on the MayflowerEarlier we listed fifteen of the “Original Pilgrim Juniors.” In fact, there were about 26 children and they made up slightly more than a quarter of the total 102 passengers.

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Classroom Handouts

Classroom HandoutsFree Educational Materials for Teachers and Students

We are dedicated to providing quality educational materials at no cost as part of our mission to educate students about our Pilgrim forefathers.

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Mayflower and Plymouth Namesakes

Mayflower and Plymouth NamesakesOver the years, the historic ship Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to New England in 1620 has been honored by various namesakes. Of course there was another 17th- century ship of that name that brought Separatists to settle in Salem, Plymouth Colony in 1629, but she was probably just one of many of that name back then for we are told that “Mayflower” was a common ship name.

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A Day They Celebrated Survival

The First Thanksgiving 1621 J.L.G. Ferris (1863-1930)“The First Thanksgiving”... we have seen it printed in our history books, museums, paintings, literature, and in our homes to name a few. We have talked about it, passed the tradition on from generation to generation. You probably even have a painting replicating this national holiday in your home. Do you call it “The [First] Thanksgiving”? If you do you need to think again.

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Classroom Visits

Classroom VisitsIn an effort to bring the true story of spirit, purity of purpose and steadfastness of will of the Mayflower ancestors to today’s youth, each year the State Society completely funds classroom visits to elementary schools in the Commonwealth by museum instructors from the 1627 living history museum, Plimoth Plantation.

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Plimoth Quilldrivers

Plimoth QuilldriversBartholomew, and Remember Allerton were born, respectively, in 1612 and 1614 in Leyden, the Netherlands (Holland). They were brother and sister. Their parents were Isaac (born in 1586) and Mary Norris Allerton who died on 25 Feb. 1621.

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Pilgrim Contemporaries & Puzzle

Pilgrim Contemporaries & PuzzleWe tend to forget what else was happening in Europe and America during the first three decades of the 17th century and who was making it happen. The following 14 Square contains the names of some of those important people. Find them and then match them with their identity. The spellings are those used in the 3rd edition of the William Rose Benét Reader’s Encyclopedia published in 1987 which is also the source for the information.

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Moving Across the Atlantic on the Mayflower

Moving Across the Atlantic on the MayflowerWhen you open up your history books, the information and facts found on the pages will take you back in time to places, events and into the lives of important people that existed a long time ago. One of these factual occurrences that make up American History is the Voyage of the Mayflower, a ship carrying the first group of people to a new colony in America. The people sailed from England to Massachusetts, not on a luxury cruise liner, but a wooden ship with masts. The vessel was called the Mayflower and it is an important part of American History.

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This is the Mayflower, Charlie Brown

Always cautious as to how our Pilgrim ancestors will be depicted on television and films, we were actually impressed with Bill Meléndez and Charles M. Schulz's story about the first year of the Pilgrims arrival in America.

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Degory Priest, Hatter—Or, What's In A Name?

Degory Priest, Hatter—Or, What's In A Name?Degory, Degory Priest—He died and missed the feast. With no male heir, His name is rare. Poor Degory, Degory Priest

Yes, Degory did not attend the “first Thanksgiving” in 1621 because he died within months of the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth, New England, in the “great sickness” that took the lives of 31 of the 53 men who had been passengers.

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George Soule of the Mayflower

George Soule of the MayflowerYou might wonder how you would pronounce the name Soule. Does it rhyme with pool or hole? Or is it soo-ly or soul-e? Do you remember in a previous article about the More children that “girle” is just the old way of spelling “girl”? Have a look at the image from Bradford’s list of Mayflower passengers again on this page.

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Plymouth Settlers Defy Storm, Visit PA Classrooms

The storm of the century was brewing, about to bring more precipitation than the Blizzard of Eighty-Eight, when two intrepid women reached the Keystone State on Sunday, March 4. The full fury of the storm never came, but "Mistress (=Mrs.) Standish" and "Goodwife Billington," otherwise known as Marianne Kirby and Leslie Allen, interpreters from Plimoth Plantation, braved the elements considerably. We are happy they did.

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Valley Forge Elementary Hears Mistress Standish

Myles Standish's second wife, who came to Plymouth on the Little James in 1623 to marry the widower Captain, visited many schools in the Philadelphia area this past March. Among them was the Valley Forge Elementary School on Walker Road, near historic Valley Forge. Here Marianne Kirby, a former teacher, playing Barbara Standish to a tee, talked informally with the students in Miss DePallo's fourth-grade class. At times she held them spellbound.

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