The WSMD promotes education about the Pilgrims of the Mayflower and understanding of their impact in the world today.
It is not necessary to be a descendant of a passenger that was on the Mayflower.
Specifically, WSMD has broadened its scholarship beyond its junior membership, to all high school juniors and seniors in Washington State. WSMD will award its first scholarship of $1620 by May 2022.
Over the next six months, the WSMD will be working on updates as we complete the scope and inclusion metrics currently in discussion.
The goal of the Washington State Society of Mayflower Descendants is to continue gaining and delivering knowledge of the passengers of the Mayflower and Speedwell Ships. Historical facts, insight, and perspective are essential to understanding decisions made 100’s of years ago that impact us to this day. When we talk about The Mayflower, we are discussing a journey of religious and self-awareness leading up to the 1620 journey across the ocean, writing The Mayflower Compact before disembarking and setting up a free colony.
Only 102 passengers aboard The Mayflower survived the crossing to land in Plymouth, Massachusetts. During that first winter, the passengers stayed aboard The Mayflower while the settlement was being built, only to succumbed to a plague of diseases. This resulted in the loss of almost half of the passengers and crew. Only 52 survived that first winter to carry on the mission to freedom.