Follow

SOCIETY INFORMATION

Colony Bylaws

Section 1: Article III, Section 6 of the Society Constitution requires that the colonies shall be subject to the Society Constitution and Bylaws: that the Society shall make of approve rules, regulations or bylaws as may be expedient for the regulation and development of the colonies...

Read more ...

Organization

The Organization Structure of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is based on that found in the Plymouth Colony. It is headed by a Governor who has an Assistant Governor (now called Deputy Governor) and a board consisting of a number of other Assistants.

Read more ...

Educational Programs History

The mission of our Society is “To perpetuate the memory of our Pilgrim Ancestors, and to preserve their records, history and all facts relating to them, their ancestors and their posterity … To transmit the spirit, the purity of purpose and steadfastness of will of the Pilgrim fathers to those who shall come after us, and undiminished heritage of liberty and law… To secure united effort to discover and publish original matter in regard to the Pilgrims, together with existing data known only to antiquarians, and to authenticate, preserve and mark historical spots made memorable by Pilgrim Association.” (From Article II, Section 1 of the SMDPA Constitution.) In a nut shell it means “education.” Education must be not only of the public, but also of ourselves.

Read more ...

Educational Programs

In 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 spring the State Society completely funds classroom visits to elementary schools in the Commonwealth by museum instructors from the 1627 living history museum, Plimoth Plantation of Plymouth, Massachusetts. A number of schools have been selected for these visits in the Greater Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh areas with approximately 15,000 third through sixth graders sharing in this experience in the past six years.

Read more ...

Honorees

The Most Distinguished Pilgrim Award is bestowed upon Pennsylvania Society members for their exceptional service to the State Society.

The Katharine F. Little Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship Award is a national award given to those individuals who are not members of the State Society in recognition of their meritorious work in enhancing understanding of the Pilgrims and the Pilgrims’ contributions to American life.

Read more ...

Events Schedule

Each season of the year the Society holds a social event in the Greater Philadelphia area. In January we hold our Annual Meeting at one of the clubs and present our national “Katharine F. Little Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship Award” to a non-member. A Spring "Tea" is held at one of the historic homes in May. The summer picnic is held in August. In the November we honor the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors and SMDPA members of whose passing we were advised during the past year at an historic church. The service is followed by a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at a nearby restaurant at which time we honor one of our own members with our “John Mortimer Hunt, Jr. Distinguished Pilgrim Award.” Our two Colonies which are located in the greater Harrisburg and Pittsburgh areas (the latter having absorbed the former Erie Colony) also schedule dinner meetings accompanied by educational programs for their members.

Read more ...

Pennsylvania Mayflower Society

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.

Read more ...

Mayflower Passenger List

Am I a Mayflower Descendant?
For those of you who are curious about whether or not you may be descended from a Mayflower passenger please see our List of Mayflower Passengers and Genealogies Links below. The surnames found in the first three generations after landing are also included.

Read more ...