of the Society of Mayflower Descendants
History of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Michigan
- New York, founded 22 December, 1894
- Connecticut, founded 7 March 1896
- Massachusetts founded 28 March 1896
- Pennsylvania founded 1 July 1896
Only four years later, Michigan joined the growing tribute to our Pilgrim ancestors by joining the Mayflower the descendants. Michigan received its charter on 8 February 1901 and was organized on 3 April 1901.
Michigan has been the first in many avenues.
- Michigan provided the first Female General, Mrs. Frank W. Lanham (Cay)
- Michigan was the first to invite the General Society to meet outside Plymouth and New York City.
- Michigan provided the founder of the North Carolina Society, Burnham Standish Colburn.
- Michigan provided the first Editor of the Five Generations Project.
- 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.
The First Thanksgiving" (1944), by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850-1936), on oil canvas, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth Massachusetts
To cherish and maintain the ideals and institutions of American freedom, and to oppose any theories that threaten their continuity. To transmit the spirit, the purity of purpose and steadfastness of the will of the Pilgrim Fathers to those who shall come after us, an undiminished heritage of liberty and law.
To promote the interests that are common to all the state** Society of the Mayflower Descendants which can best served by a federal body, and to secure united effort to discover and publish original matter in regard to the Pilgrims, together with existing data known only to antiquarians, and to authenticate, preserve and mark historical spots made memorable by Pilgrim association.