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History of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Michigan

In January 1897, the four founding states met in Plymouth, Massachusetts to organize the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  They were:
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New York, founded 22 December 1894

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Connecticut, founded 7 March 1896

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Massachusetts, founded 28 March 1896

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Pennsylvania, founded 1 July 1896

Only four years later, Michigan joined the growing tribute to our Pilgrim ancestors by joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  Michigan received its charter on 8 February 1901 and was organized on 3 April 1901.

Michigan has been the first in many avenues. 

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Michigan provided the first woman Governor General, Mrs. Frank W. Lanham (Cay). 

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Michigan was the first to invite the General Society to meet outside Plymouth and New York City. 

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Michigan provided the founder of the North Carolina Society, Burnham Standish Colburn. 

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Michigan provided the first Editor of the Five Generations Project, Miss Lucy Mary Kellogg.  Since then, several of its members have served on the Five Generations Project.

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Michigan was among the first to enter Junior Members and to have a state newsletter.

The Michigan Society's greatest accomplishment is to pay tribute and to continue the memory of the Mayflower Pilgrims.