James W. Baker Recipient of Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship Prize

At the recently held 105th annual membership meeting of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, James W. Baker, former senior historian of the Plimoth Plantation was the recipient of that society's annual Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship Prize. The prize consists of a certificate and a $500 check. Mr. Baker was accompanied by his wife Peggy, the director and librarian of The Pilgrim Society/Pilgrim Hall Museum.

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Valley Forge Elementary Hears Mistress Standish

Myles Standish's second wife, who came to Plymouth on the Little James in 1623 to marry the widower Captain, visited many schools in the Philadelphia area this past March. Among them was the Valley Forge Elementary School on Walker Road, near historic Valley Forge. Here Marianne Kirby, a former teacher, playing Barbara Standish to a tee, talked informally with the students in Miss DePallo's fourth-grade class. At times she held them spellbound.

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Plymouth Settlers Defy Storm, Visit PA Classrooms

The storm of the century was brewing, about to bring more precipitation than the Blizzard of Eighty-Eight, when two intrepid women reached the Keystone State on Sunday, March 4. The full fury of the storm never came, but "Mistress (=Mrs.) Standish" and "Goodwife Billington," otherwise known as Marianne Kirby and Leslie Allen, interpreters from Plimoth Plantation, braved the elements considerably. We are happy they did.

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Dr. Jeremy Bangs To Be Honored At Annual Meeting

The recipient of SMDPA's Award for Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship in 2001 will be Dr. Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, former curator at Plimoth Plantation, and recent founder of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum in the Netherlands. As Dr. Bangs lives and works in Leiden, we will make the award to him in absentia at our Annual Luncheon on January 13, 2001, showing a video tape on his museum, with some comments in his own words on his present research.

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