Our summer meeting was in the beautiful gardens of the Allied Arts Guild. Several members shared stories about their favorite ancestors. It was a fun and educational discussion of grandparents, great-grandparents, early and late migrations, travels, the gold rush, and a female photographer of the rural west. Telling family stories is an important way to ensure our families’ histories are remembered.
The Sequoia and San Francisco Colonies held our annual joint meeting in person at the Circus Club. Sequoia Colony member and local historian, Steve Staiger gave a fascinating talk on Timothy Hopkins (the adopted son of Mrs. Mark Hopkins, wife of the co-owner of the Central Pacific Railroad) and his many contributions to Stanford University and the cities of Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Our November luncheon was held at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Louise Throop, long-time Mayflower Society member, and a part of the Silver Books project, was our speaker. She discussed her research on George Soule, William Brewster, and the Eaton family. She also clarified a common misconception: there was no printing press on board the Mayflower. The broken mast was repaired with a large bolt that was to be used for building houses, not a part from a printing press.
Our June meeting was online via Zoom on June 5th. Dr. Matthew Bowdish gave a fascinating presentation about medicine and disease at Plimouth Plantation, health care principles as they were understood in the 1600s, and the health issues that faced our ancestors in the early years of Plimouth Colony.