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 founded in 1923 and now has more than 300 members living in Nebraska, across the country and around the world.
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
2017 Board of Assistants
John Reinert (2019)
DiAnna Schimek (2019)
Bonnie Kolowski (2019)
Stephanie Donsig (2018)
Judy Moore (2018)
Dr. Priscillia Grew (2018)
Cheryl Clark (2017)
Charles Harmon (Past Governor)
General Society Officers
Deputy Governor General: Gretchen Harvey
Assistant General: Kathryn Morrissey