About Us

The Mayflower Pilgrims

In 1620, a brave group of 102 men, women and children sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, searching for a life of religious and civil freedom.

These Pilgrims landed in Plymouth harbor, establishing the first permanent European settlement in New England. Only half survived that first difficult winter. Now, nearly 400 years later, from those few survivors, there are now millions of Pilgrim descendants.

In addition to bringing their values and spirit of adventure with them to the New World, the Pilgrims created a heritage of liberty and law by drafting a document of self-government, the Mayflower Compact, which they signed onboard the Mayflower at Provincetown. The Mayflower Compact is considered by many to be a forerunner to the Constitution.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants

To honor Pilgrim ancestors and to keep their story alive, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was created in 1897. It is the Society’s goal to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.

The Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants 

Mayflower Society memberships are granted through 52 societies representing all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

The Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants was founded in 1923 and now has more than 300 members living in Nebraska, across the country and around the world.

2016 Officers

Governor: Gretchen Harvey, Omaha

Deputy Governor: Kathryn Morrissey, Omaha

Secretary: Charles Robinson, Omaha

Treasurer: Karen Saunders, Syracuse

Historian: Marty Beerman, Omaha

Elder: Ann Reinert, Lincoln

Counselor: Rob Laughlin, Omaha

Public Relations: Tom Masters, Lincoln

Captain: Charles Harmon, Omaha

Junior Members Chair: Stephanie Donsig, Lincoln

Photographer: John Keller, Lincoln

Pilgrim News Editor: Stephanie Donsig, Lincoln

Webmaster: Marty Beerman, Omaha

2016 Board of Assistants

John Reinert (2016)

DiAnna Schimek (2016)

Bob Harvey (2016)

Cheryl Clark (2017)

Betty Albanez (2017)

Stephanie Donsig (2018)

Judy Moore (2018)

Dr. Priscillia Grew (2018)

Charles Harmon (Past Governor)

General Society Officers

Deputy Governor General: Gretchen Harvey

Assistant General: Kathryn Morrissey