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. Mayflower Society memberships are granted through 53 societies representing all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Europe.
The Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants
The Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants was organized May 19, 1923, under authority of a Charter granted by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants dated December 16, 1922 and now has more than 300 members living in Nebraska, across the country and around the world.
Governor: Martin W. Beerman, Omaha
Deputy Governor: Kathryn Morrissey, Omaha
Secretary: Bonnie Kolowski, Omaha
Treasurer: Robert Harvey, Omaha
Historian: Martin W. Beerman, Omaha
Elder: Ann Reinert, Lincoln
Counselor: Rob Laughlin, Omaha
Captain: John Keller
Surgeon: Audrey Paulman, M.D.
2019 Board of Assistants
Stephanie Donsig (2021), Lincoln
Judy Moore (2021), Syracuse
John Keller (2021), Lincoln
John Reinert (2019), Lincoln
DiAnna Schimek (2019), Lincoln
Cheryl Clark (2020), Elwood
Gretchen Harvey (Past Governor), Omaha
Education: Kathryn Morrissey, Omaha
Junior Members: Stephanie Donsig, Lincoln
Public Relations: Tom Masters, Lincoln
Membership: Martin W. Beerman, Omaha
Pilgrim News Editor: Stephanie Donsig, Lincoln
Photographer: John Keller, Lincoln
Webmaster: Martin W. Beerman, Omaha
Member Directory: Verla Ringenberg, Lincoln
Scholarship: Gretchen Harvey, Omaha
Scholarship Auction: Cheryl Clark, Elwood
Plymouth Meeting House: Kathryn Morrissey, Omaha
General Society Officers
Deputy Governor General: Gretchen Harvey, Omaha
Assistant General: Kathryn Morrissey, Omaha
Thirty governors have led the Nebraska Society since its first members joined in 1923. See the list here.