About The General Society of Mayflower Descendants
In remembrance of the God-fearing and dauntless Pilgrims who were the first English settlers of New England, their descendants founded the General Society of Mayflower Descendants on January 12, 1897. The original State Societies were those of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
The General Society is a federation of 52 State Societies, consisting of the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Canada. The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maryland was chartered on March 4, 1938 and organized on March 5, 1938.
The objectives of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maryland are:
To perpetuate to a remote posterity the memory of our Pilgrim Fathers. To maintain and defend the principle of civil and religious liberty as set forth in the Compact of the Mayflower, “for the glorie of God, and advancemente of the Christian faith, and honor of our … countrie.”
To cherish and maintain the ideals and institutions of American freedom, and to oppose any theories or actions that threaten their continuity. To transmit the spirit, the purity of purpose, and steadfastness of will of the Pilgrim Fathers to those who shall come after us, an undiminished heritage of liberty and law.