I don't know whether you have to be a member or not, but the NEHGS is offering a free webinar Tuesday, Sept. 30th, at 3 PM ET on how to join a lineage society. They archive the webinars if you want to watch them later. Since they have a "guest logon" they might allow guests to do this. The notice specifically mentioned the Mayflower Society, so it is worth checking out if you are trying to join. The better your application the faster it will get through the state historian and then the Plymouth team, believe me. NEHGS webinars require advance registration and you can submit questions ahead of time. They are not long, I think maybe 30-40 minutes.
An excellent time was had by all at the closing banquet. Photos later. For now I wanted to post info about the goings-on in Scrooby. A movie was being shown, one night only, and I couldn't make it, about Scrooby Manor. It was a fundraiser and hopefully they did well by showing it to the Mayflower Society crowd. Below is the flyer advertising the movie. It tells more about the house and how you can take part in this crowd-funded project to make a full documentary about Scrooby Manor at fandangomedia.co.uk/pilgrim-home. I'm not sure of their exact connection with the visitor centre plans but overheard them talking about it and believe it is an attempt to make a more coherent, visitor-friendly, and historically accurate representation of the events at Scrooby of the early 1600s. Check it out!
Four hundred and seventy-nine people attended and a good time seemed to be had by all. Tonight we have a closing banquet and a speaker, plus the officer installation. Electing the three at-large members took four ballots, as we had 6 people willing to run. There is also a bylaw that says at least one has to be from west of a longitude line roughly equivalent to "west of the Mississippi." We got two, so the at-large representation will come from Washington state, Texas, and Massachusetts.
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF APPLYING, DO SO NOW TO AVOID THE $4 NATIONAL DUES INCREASE THAT WAS VOTED IN. SOME STATES' BYLAWS LINK STATE DUES INCREASES TO NATIONAL INCREASES, SO THE NET INCREASE TO YOU IF YOU SUBMIT AFTER JANUARY 1ST MIGHT BE MORE THAN $4.
Not much to photograph: bylaws, bylaws, bylaws and voting on bylaws. Four hundred ninety-six attendees really fill the room.
I'm posting this on Monday morning, the 8th, minutes before the actual Congress starts. (I'm a delegate from my state.) Yesterday afternoon and evening were opening festivities, some of which I missed due to a time mixup. However, I got photos of people returning from the "pilgrim's progress" walk through town (many in costume), the open house at the "Mayflower House" the GS owns, and the evening soiree aboard the Mayflower II. We got to sign copies of the Mayflower Compact (quill pens really do work!) and the snacks were based on foods typical of the time. A very good time was had by all.
If you see a giant statue looming out of the woods on the hill that Plymouth sits on, you are not imagining things. It is the Memorial to the Forefathers and it is worth a look. There are numerous engravings (below), depicting the embarkation in Holland, the landing in Massachusetts, the signing of the Mayflower Compact on board ship in the harbor, and their first meeting with Samoset, the Native American who surprised them by walking bolding into their midst and literally saying "hello." Samoset is the person sitting at the end of the table on your left in photo 5. Not to complain TOO much, but the memorial is to the foreFATHERS, yet features a giant female, and on the four carved reliefs there are just four females, all on the dock in the Netherlands (so it's not clear any are even going on the voyage.) One of them is clinging to a man, another has fainted, another is staying behind for sure, and the ot
Day two was more research in New Bedford, home of the famous "dead whale or a stove boat" statue. In the evening a walk took us to the "Spooner House" across from the Mayflower Society's HQ. It is not open in the fall, unfortunately. The Spooners are an early family; if you find a Spooner in your family tree you have a good chance of being a Mayflower descendants. The third photo is a pin given out in our welcome bags. Tomorrow, Pilgrim festivities.
Every 3 years the annual meeting is in Plymouth, which bills itself as "America's Hometown." (Thus the label "triennial.") Plymouth is actually a very cute city and is where I took the photos on the home page in 2011.
Today, Thursday the 5th, was just sign-in, so I got the usual bag of handouts and a delegate's badge to wear when the actual business meeting starts on Monday. My roommate and I drove to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Library, which I had visited in 2011, in search of data to close the gaps in a couple of Mayflower supplementals in progress. No luck there but I did find 5 male ancestors who served in the local militia leading up to the War of 1812.
Below are pictures from this evening, along the Plymouth waterfront. Tourists were out en masse, eating ice cream, walking around, and enjoying the cool breeze. One waterfront photo includes the Mayflower II, one is up the hill behind you, there's a shot at the water from the portico covering Plymouth Rock, a closer view of the Mayflower II, a photo of the rock in 1855 before it was dug out and placed under the portico, the stores across the street from the Rock, then the town at night.
Tomorrow's agenda includes more research in the Whaling City, then back for some family society meetings in the afternoon and evening, plus a DNA session at 3:00.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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