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.
The Sequoia and San Francisco Colony's annual joint meeting was held via Zoom. Carolyn Williams, a local family genealogist, gave a presentation on “Preserving Family Photos, Documents and Stories”. Like many of us, Carolyn inherited an old trunkful of family photos and documents. With her encouragement, we learned archival organizational tips and procedures for preserving photos and documents for the next generation.
Due to the pandemic, our November 7th Compact day meeting was online via Zoom. The topic was “Embracing our Heritage: When did you first learn of your Mayflower ancestry, and what has that heritage meant to you?” Members shared their stories.