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 - 1/19/2020

To our loyal members and cousins,

SMDPA expects 2020 to be robust with activities for our members beginning with our annual meeting 4-18-2020 that will be keynoted by our dear Governor General George Garmany, Jr, MD!

In June, SMDPA is Co-sponsoring & hosting the “Dreamride” charity cycling event from Philadelphia to Plymouth, MA with Dr. Maestas, Superintendent of Plymouth schools. This charity event raises money and awareness for our society in a manner fitting our ancestors. www.dreamrideplymouth.org

Our Thanksgiving service and dinner in November will take place in historical St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA that was built in 1715 and still standing. This church has no electricity, so candles will illuminate our event. The church has been forever memorialized as Longfellow included it in one of his poems. Our dinner afterwards includes scholarship winners and presentation of our Distinguished Pilgrim award.

Our two vibrant Colonies are busy finalizing their plans for the local members. Please check our website for more events, details and updates.

On that note, our 2020 calendar is being completed, as we speak.  Click here to see the Events Calendar.

Thanks again to all and may God bless our efforts and thriving Society!


Governor SMDPA, Reed Kneale

[email protected]


Upcoming Events

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.


May 9

Training and Inservice Session (TIS)

Training and Inservice Session (TIS)


Sep 17

General Society Mayflower Decendants (GSMD) Board of Assistants (BOA) Meeting

Gathering of GSMD state society officers - Historic 400th Anniversary