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2018 Calendar of Events                                                             

September 22, 2018  Executive Committee & Board of Advisors Meeting at Merion Cricket Club
                                 325 Montgomery Ave., Haverford, PA 19041

        TBA                 Executive Committee Meeting
        10:30 AM         Board of Advisors Meeting

November 10, 2018     Bucks County Ancestry Fair

The 12th Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Bucks County Genealogical Society. The SMDPA is proud to be an exhibitor at this event. The fair will be held at the Bucks County Community College, Upper Campus, 1 Hillendale Rd., Reading, PA. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the keynote address will begin at 9:30 AM. For more information, please visit:

November 18, 2018     Thanksgiving Memorial Service and Dinner, Most Distinguished Pilgrim Award

Please join us Sunday, November 18th at 2:00 PM for our annual Thanksgiving Service followed by our Society's traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, and the presentation of the John Hunt Jr. Most Distinguished Pilgrim Award to a current SMDPA member. The award is bestowed upon Pennsylvania Society members for their exceptional service to the state Society.

Do you have a junior that wants to participate in the opening and closing processions?  They will be dressed in Pilgrim clothing by our volunteers and have their pictures taken, which will be used, with your consent, in our Spring Newsletter.

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Annual Meeting, Luncheon, with Guest Speaker: Darvin L. Martin

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April 14, 2018 - Annual Meeting and Tea at Merion Cricket Club
325 Montgomery Ave., Haverford, PA 19041
11:00 AM Business Meeting
12:30 PM Luncheon and Guest Speaker: Darvin L. Martin

To members and non-members, please join your SMDPA cousins and guests in April for our Annual Meeting at the Merion Cricket Club.  Our guest speaker, Darvin L. Martin will be presenting a very new and relevant topic: DNA & Genealogy (you can read more about this presentation in our Spring Newsletter).  Promptly at 11:00 AM, the nominating Committee will install the 2018-2019 SMDPA Officers and Board of Assistants.  Click here to View the Annual Meeting and Tea Flyer/Reservation Form.

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Annual Summer Picnic

The SMDPA will be hosting the Summer Picnic in Haverford, PA during the Haverford Township Historical Society Heritage Festival.


A favorite springtime event for township residents, the Festival celebrates local history and culture in the beautiful natural setting by Cobbs Creek.  The Heritage Festival features living history exhibits, live music, delicious food and a beer garden.  The SMDPA is proud to be sponsoring a table at this event featuring Mayflower Society and membership information, and the sale of our commemorative items.  

The Heritage Festival takes place on Karakung Drive between Lakeside Drive and Manoa Road in Haverford, PA.  Stroll along the drive and enjoy the day with the whole family.  If our junior members are interested in participating at the exhibit table, please contact James Buckner, Education Chair at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Latest News

From the Governor’s Desk: 8/7/2018

Hello members of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

It is my duty to report that Governor Peter Adams has resigned due to personal reasons.

As prescribed by our bylaws, Article VI, section 2:

The Deputy Governor, in the case of the absence of the Governor, shall preside at the meetings of the members of this Society and of the Board of Assistants. In the event of the absence, resignation, disability or death of the Governor, the Deputy Governor shall exercise all the powers and perform all of the duties of the Governor, until the return of the Governor, or until such disability shall have been removed, or until a new Governor shall have been elected.

This action transitions the Deputy Governor to the “Acting Governor”.

As your Acting Governor, you can expect the transition to be seamless as Peter, myself and the Board of Assistants (BOA) have been working closely together on society business and activities. The next BOA meeting will be September 22nd. We are creating an agenda to cover all priorities for our responsible committees. We welcome members to join our leadership team at the BOA or Colony level.

There are many opportunities in the future. With the 400 year anniversary in two years, expect some exciting events to celebrate and help grow our membership!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach me directly by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or my cell phone 724.880.0233.

I thank Peter for his commitment and efforts on behalf of our society. And I thank the membership for the privilege of serving our vibrant and strong society!


Reed Kneale


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  • The history of Pilgrims and Puritans in 17th century New England reflects events in the reformation of English politics and religion.
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  • Myth: Pilgrims wore black and white clothing with buckled top hats.

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  • Die-struck in solid brass with fine detail and vivid colors, our Commemorative Mayflower Coin benefits the SMDPA Educational Program. Order yours today.
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  • Once a quarter the SMDPA publishes its award-winning newsletter, The Pennsylvania Mayflower newsletter.
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