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Our Purpose

  • To perpetuate to remotest posterity the honorable memory of the passengers of the Mayflower and their accomplishments
  • To aid in the preservation of civil records and historic sites of our country;
  • To foster interest in research and study of the Pilgrims and the colonial period;
  • To aid in the education of the youth of our country through events, prizes, scholarships, etc.;
  • To commemorate the deeds and accomplishments of the Pilgrims;
  • To maintain the high principles and ideals of freedom which led to the independence, foundation, and establishment of our country;
  • To support the maintenance in our public libraries of genealogical research and educational material relating to the Pilgrims and the colonial period.

Our History

Missouri’s was the twenty-second state society to become a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

A group of 21 people, under the direction of Heman J. Pettengill, met on Tuesday, 8 May 1928, in the director’s room of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company building in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Pettengill, elected as the Society’s first Governor, was formerly a member of the Massachusetts Society, and a descendant of John Alden, Priscilla Mullens, George Soule and Francis Cooke.

The official title of the new organization was the Missouri State Society of Mayflower Descendants and the charter was issued on 14 April 1928 with 21 members comprising the new organization.

From this beginning of 21 members in 1928 our Society has grown to a current membership of over 327.

Our State Society meetings are generally held in St. Louis, Missouri and for geographical considerations, we have chartered two Colonies within the State. One Colony is situated in the Springfield area and one Colony in the Kansas City area.