I had the privilege today of working at the Mayflower Society booth with Diane Stevenson Stone, artist AND author, seen here proudly displaying two of her creations. She made this beautiful poster and is donating the proceeds to the Mary Chilton Winslow Scholarship Fund, which helps the General Society of Mayflower Descendants send teenage Mayflower descendants to college each year. She also wrote a book based on the story of Mary Chilton, a very brave young teen and the first passenger to set foot on Plymouth Rock. Orphaned almost as soon as the Mayflower arrived she conquered her fears and the incredible challenges that the pilgrims faced (and that killed half of them the first year in the New World.) The book you can order through your local bookseller or on amazon.com, which also has a Kindle version. The poster can be ordered through the GSMD's online store, as "STAND FIRM - poster and poem." Diane's poem about the steadfast Mayflower pilgrims is printed on the back of her colorful poster. The picture on the cover of the book was used with the permission of the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, which claims to be the nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum. You can see a thumbnail of this 1877 painting, The Landing of the Pilgrims, by Henry A. Bacon by clicking on the title and the original on your next trip to Plymouth, MA. Information on the scholarship can be found here. Deadline for applying this year is April 1st, 2020.
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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