The Society of Mayflower Descendants is comprised of people who trace their ancestry to passengers on the Mayflower, which landed at Plymouth Rock, Mass., in 1620. A total of 102 made the voyage. Half died that first winter. Only 26 have descendants.

The Oregon Society of Mayflower Descendants, founded in 1928, meets twice a year. One meeting is in late April or early May, the other in November, usually in the Portland area, occasionally in Eugene. Meetings normally are luncheons, held on a Saturday, with a speaker.

A branch of the state society is the Cascade Colony, based in Medford, launched in 1991. It meets twice a year, usually on the third Saturday of September and April.

Another branch, the Mt. Hood Colony, holds meetings three times per year in the Portland area. For details, email Patrice Petersen at 2patriceroots@comcast.net.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the national group, was founded in 1897 at Plymouth, Mass.

More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony.

Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors. Societies exist in every state of the union.

For more information about the national group, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, click here.

Oregon Officers 2017-2019
Next election: November 2019

General Society Officers

Deputy Governor General: Terri Schieber
Assistant Governor General: Patricia Petersen

Oregon State Officers

Governor: Patricia Petersen
Deputy Governor: Beth Lambright
Secretary: Jennifer Kent
Treasurer: Tad Davies
Historian: Joan Hunter
Elder: Rev. Richard Bellingham
Surgeon: (vacant)
Counselor: James Oberholtzer
Captain: Darwin "Bud" Hagen

The above officers together with the following, constitute the Board of Assistants: Terry Maloney, Francie Fessler, Jane Slack, former governors Terri Schieber, Cleve Twitchell and Connie Ganz, Editor of the Mayflower "Pilgrim."