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.
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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