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New Scholarship Fundraisers

We have new premiums for donations to our scholarship fund, a new 400th anniversary lapel pin and a 400th anniversary commemorative two-piece medal. See “Scholarship Fundraiser” page above. Some prints of the Mayflower from Past Missouri Governor Cedric Hustace are still available as premiums as well.

Mayflower Descendant T-shirts and hoodies, including artwork from member Barbara Todd, are also available at our Zazzle store:

Pilgrim Art by Cedric Hustace

Evansville, Indiana artist Cedric Hustace hails from Hawaii. His impressionist paintings in acrylic on canvas and ink and watercolor sketches range from portraits of people and animals, to landscapes and seascapes, to action scenes on athletic fields and other sports venues.

Image used with permission from Cedric Hustace

In addition to art, Mr. Hustace is an accomplished musician and a Masters competitive race walker. He is a retired attorney and a member if the Missouri Descendants of the Mayflower Society.

Regarding prints, paper and limited edition canvas available.
Paper: signed, image approx. 8” x 10” – $40 plus $10 shipping and handling per print.

Canvas: signed, limited edition of 200 per image:
11” x 14” – $250 plus $15 shipping and handling per image. 12” x 16” – $300 plus $15 shipping and handling per image.

Payment in full due with order:
Cedric Hustace, Artist
12122 Pear Tree Lane
Evansville, IN 47725-9217
Telephone: 812-867-7149
Cell: 812-453-3522

Mayflower Cape Cod – 1620 | Image used with permission from Cedric Hustace
Mayflower – Pilgrim Progress | Image used with permission from Cedric Hustace
Mayflower – Pilgrim Autumn | Image used with permission from Cedric Hustace

Mourt’s Relation

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Anyone who has been to our house learns quickly that we are bibliophiles but, being new to the Mayflower Society, I have a lot of catching up to do. So, when I had an opportunity to pick up an 1865 edition of Mourt’s Relation, I jumped on it. For those of you who don’t know what Mourt’s Relation is, imagine it as a diary of the first two years of the New Plymouth colony, mostly written by Mayflower passengers, William Bradford and Edward Winslow.

In his full history of New Plymouth colony, Bradford takes a broader view of time and events, but here we have descriptions in far more detail over a shorter period of time. I haven’t finished the account yet, having reached December 1620, but so far the explorers have disturbed native graves, ransacked caches of corn (with the promised to recompense), and attempted to find natives (without much luck). Sickness and death have come upon them. Francis Billington has caught the Mayflower on fire and Peregrine White has just been born. What I shouldn’t find surprising is just how inquisitive the colonists were about what they found as well as how they might earn money.

This particular printing was the first in a series of limited editions of the “Library of New-England History.” This particular book had notes by Henry Martyn Dexter and is faithfully reproduced with the same orthography, punctuation, and ornamental designs. What recommends it (and others in the series) is the extensive introduction and footnotes, which cross-reference other contemporary accounts. Also, what makes this most valuable are the maps – two huge foldout maps drawn just for this edition. The first shows the assumed explorations around Cape Cod. The second shows the settlement of New Plymouth with Duxbury to the north.

If you’ve not read Mourt’s Relation, I suggest you do. At the moment, I am reading without consulting the footnotes, which I’ll do the second time around. It is amazing that we have so much primary accounts available to us. We should take advantage of that.

Sumner Gary Hunnewell, Governor