I just saw this today... the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, which has a pretty impressive collection for anyone researching Cape Cod history or genealogy, is offering FREE membership for calendar year 2020. Although my planned Sep. trip to Massachusetts has been cancelled due to Covid-19, the GSMD anticipates celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in 2021 to make up for it, so I have joined. Also, I will be in other parts of New England later this year and will be doing some research for myself, friends, and clients. If I get to HSOY, I will post some pictures & more info here.
Greetings on Memorial Day, when we honor our deceased military, not to be confused with Veterans Day in November, when we honor the living. If you have trouble telling the two apart, it might help to think of Memorial Day by its earlier name, "Decoration Day." Americans in both the North and South decorated graves of Civil War soldiers, feeling fortunate if their fallen one had a grave to decorate. Many did not, or their family did now know where they lay, and hoped that a kind person somewhere faraway would lay a wreath or flower on their loved one's grave or memorial. They in turn decorated the graves of strangers. Next year, 2021, is the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and plans are underway to commemorate this event. In the meantime, fly your flag and say a prayer for the fallen. In honor of the fallen Union soldiers in my family I have posted a photo of Gen. U.S. Grant's father, Jesse R. Grant, in the Richard Warren section and explained the family's link to the Mayflower.
If you are a DAR member, normally you would have to get yourself to Washington, D.C. in late June to take advantage of their "Balcony Volunteer" service at the Continental Congress. This year, the Congress will be virtual, and I just learned, as a first-time Balcony Volunteer, that the service will be open to ALL DAR MEMBERS. All you need is Zoom videoconferencing capability (which is free and easy to use) and an appointment. To book a time slot, email Allie Golon at firstname.lastname@example.org. The time slots are Tues June 23rd - Sat June 27th, from 10 am to 7 pm Eastern Daylight Time (7 am - 4 pm Mountain Standard Time). You get an hour and will be able to share documents with the Volunteer Genealogist you are teamed up with. The Volunteers are DAR members who have completed at least the first two of the three DAR Genealogy Education Program (GEP) courses. Undoubtedly some, like me, have a lot more experience and training than that and also like me, would charge you something like $50 an hour for consultation or research. As a two-term DAR Registrar I can tell you that not only is this once-in-a-lifetime for its accessibility (anywhere) and cost (free), it is also a rare DAR opportunity to get help with a SUPPLEMENTAL. Normally you are on your own for those and may not ask a chapter registrar to request help from the national organization for lookups or advice, as their time is reserved for new member applicants only. I do not know if you can request someone or something specific, like help with the Midwest or the 1800s or female ancestors, for example, or if it is potluck but no matter, it is an opportunity not to be missed.
This from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants....
Join the Virtual Mayflower EventTo commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's historic journey to America, Leiden in Holland – where the Pilgrims started their famous voyage – will be launching the opening ceremonies for its 400th-anniversary commemorations on Saturday, May 16th, 2020.
Through Facebook, you can participate in a unique virtual tour of the city, incorporating all the key landmarks and stories around Pilgrim life in Leiden. The tour will start at 4 pm (3 pm UK and 10 am EST in the US). Over the next four hours, viewers will have the chance to experience this beautiful city using computer-animated reproductions to bring to life existing buildings and landmarks as they would have looked 400 years ago when the separatists lived in the Netherlands prior to leaving for a new life.
This guided tour will be hosted by an English speaking expert from the city and will be accompanied by the chance to ask live questions about the different historical landmarks you see during the event and learn detailed information about the "Leiden Pilgrims."
While staying home and safe, enjoy the Opening Ceremonies LIVE!
The Mayflower Society is delighted to host this special commemorative event, right from our Facebook page!
Join the livestream Saturday, May 16th, 10 am EST:
Be sure to follow Leiden400 and Mayflower400 UK on Facebook!
UPDATE ON THE UPDATE - I posted here on May 5th about the hearing being scheduled for May 7th. It has been moved to Wednesday, May 20th and per the latest update will include public access through "the Court's public teleconference." Action on the Tribe's land has been frozen until June 5th.
If you were interested in the April 4th post about the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), aka The Mayflower Society, supporting the Wampanoag's fight against federal "disestablishment" - and especially if you signed the online petition to make your own support known - here is the latest update and request for action, courtesy of the tribe's Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project:
"Thank you to everyone who has signed the Land is Sacred: Stand With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe petition. As an update, this Thursday, May 7th, there will be a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC to hear the Tribe’s Motion for an injunction against the attempt to remove their land from trust. For more information, here is a link to a recent article: https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20200413/mashpee-tribes-request-to-halt-land-order-to-be-heard-may-7
If you'd like to do even more to support the Tribe, here are two more action steps to take:
1) Contact Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt and/or Senator Hoeven, Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, and let them know directly that you oppose this action against the tribe. You can find their contact information and respective scripts HERE.
2) In advance of the May 7th court hearing, join in the virtual Sacred Fire Prayer Protest where prayer fires and candles are being lit nationwide in support of the Tribe and to denounce the Trump Administration for attempting to disestablish their reservation. Light your candle/fire, let it burn 1-4 days, and post a picture with the hashtag #StandWithMashpee. More information can be found HERE.
Thank you for all you are doing!"
In short, you have today and tomorrow to register your support in time for it to make an impact at the U.S. District Court hearing on Thursday.
"Palo Verde" is Spanish for "green stick" and is so named because the entire trunk & all the branches are a vivid light olivey-/limey green color. It is the Arizona state tree and they bloom this time of year with an abundance of tiny yellow flowers much like forsythia, for those of you in colder climes. I thought everyone could use a boost right now and these are very cheerful flowers we are seeing right now all over the Phoenix area.
This just in:
From Our Governor General:
Notice of the Cancellation of the 42nd Triennial Congress
As we all know, the Coronavirus Pandemic has affected meetings, gatherings, and sporting events around the world. Travelers and large groups are particularly influenced by this terrible contagion, and those who need to make plans months ahead are struggling to cope with unknown factors. GSMD, which includes so many at-risk vulnerable people, is no exception. Massachusetts is currently operating in a state of emergency, and it is really impossible to predict when that emergency will end or whether it may occur again later this year.
Your Executive Committee is carefully considering how to balance the health of our members with the needs of our Society. After considerable review, it has been decided that we must cancel the Congress scheduled for September 2020. The Emergency Orders from Massachusetts will allow us some extra flexibility in how we conduct activities, and over the next two months or so we will work with the General Board to determine how we can conduct the essential business of our organization.
You may be interested to know that there is a precedent for this action. During the Second World War, GSMD did not hold Congress in 1942, and the 1945 Congress was postponed until 1946.
We will try to reschedule the commemorative events that we planned for this year into the future, but those plans are all up in the air. Over the next two to three weeks we will refund all of the paid registration fees that our members and guests have made for 2020 – it will be a full refund. Please note: No action is required by Registrants at this time.
We are currently working through the mechanics of processing refunds to our members with our Registration Team. Full refunds will be processed without requesting them. If you paid for your reservations via credit card, you will receive a refund applied to your credit card. Once your refund is submitted for processing, you will receive an email notification from our Registration Team advising you of this processing: it will include an itemized receipt of the refund. If you placed reservations on separate days, you will receive multiple refunds, by reservation date. The refund process can take up to 10 business days once it is initiated. And because of timing differences, you may not see the credit until you receive your May credit card statement.
We have been in contact with our partners at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum regarding the Provincetown 400 events. At this time, they, too, are under a state of emergency. Their Board of Directors is considering options about their events, but no decision has been made at this time. Right now, their events are going forward as planned. When a decision is made, I will send additional communication to inform our members.
Please be sure to cancel any accommodation reservations you may have made on your own.
These are indeed extraordinary times. More than ever, the Society feels an enormous obligation to our members during this international crisis. But cancellation terms in our existing contracts must be met and paid for by GSMD, even though all the money to pay for these contracts is being refunded to our members. To help GSMD defray some of the significant costs for the cancellation of this event, won't you please consider donating back your registration fee or whatever you can afford? (Please send your donation via check, payable to GSMD.) We hope to plan commemorative events as soon as possible but will be unable to do so without restoring these depleted funds.
We all look forward to brighter days when we can bring our membership together and commemorate the 400th anniversary. We all will have much to be thankful for, when we are past this pandemic.
Governor General George P. Garmany, M.D.
April 20, 2020
That's a better-than-20% discount and worth every penny. I do not know how long the offer will last but if you have been thinking about joining - I highly recommend it for anyone researching that part of the US or Mayflower ancestors in the Northeastern US or Maritime Provinces - now is the time. You will not be deluged with email, junk mail, or people phoning to sell you something, so please don't let dread of that prevent you from joining "one more genealogical organization." This link was in their weekly electronic newsletter and I checked it out. It's for real, you will get the $20 discount when you check out.
If you are inspired to start sewing masks for hospitals in your area that are accepting homemade ones (CHECK FIRST at http://createtodonate.org/where-can-i-donate-face-masks/), this is a third option. That said, the two Phoenix-area hospitals listed accept only the rectangular sort. Also, some hospitals specify rectangular with a pocket into which they can insert a small filter. This rounded option is seen a lot online, and if it is the only kind your family member will wear, go for it. Remember, it is to protect others from YOU and can also help with the "don't touch your face" issue. (Pipe cleaner nose bridge optional.) I made this as an homage to Mammy helping Scarlett through a crisis in her day - cut up the old curtains! Added plus: because I had lined the curtains so long ago, I already had the two layers: white on the inside, floral on the outside. Being able to tell back from front is important to wearing masks correctly so some instructions call for contrasting material. One source for this pattern as a downloadable paper PDF is www.sweetredpoppy.com/how-to-sew-a-fitted-fabric-mask but a good video of how to make it can be found here on YouTube. (The demonstrator is not named so I can't give her credit, sorry.) This video is even good with the sound turned off. Key points in favor of this mask: 1. It uses the least amount of fabric 2.) The video shows a quick elastic earlobe technique that lets you readjust for the wearer. 3) It took just 45 minutes to make. (April 20th note: I made another one a few days ago and it took about 30 minutes.)
Shamrock earrings are optional. This style, sewn from scraps of a leprechaun outfit I made for my assistant webmaster years ago, is the same rectangular shape with pleats as the Mayflower pink mask (below) but with three major differences. 1) A pipe cleaner inserted along the top edge allow the wearer to crimp it closer to the nose, preventing sliding and glasses-fogging. 2) The double-tie system for attaching it to the wearer works well for people with hair clips or other "up" styles by preventing the top tie from drooping. 3.) It is 2 layers thick, not 4. Otherwise it is the rectangular pattern with pleats BUT not sewn inside out because of the seam-binding ties that run up the side. To make a rectangular mask, watch the Joann "How to Make a Face Mask" video if you are a "show me" learner, like I am AND/OR if you want their paper pattern with pleats marked. Then follow the written instructions (with photos) that Froedert [Hospital] & the Medical College of Wisconsin got from Mount Mary University (click on "Hand Sewn Mask Instructions") if you want follow the seam binding procedure. Various online tutorials demonstrate the pipe cleaner step, some better than others. I wound up just sewing a tiny seam, feeding in the pipe cleaner, but cutting it short at both ends so the wire didn't poke out. Disclaimer: These are for you to make for family members. They offer some protection to the people you wearer interacts with but not much for the wearer. This took an hour and 25 minutes to construct, about 75% of the time it took yesterday.
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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