March 2022

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.

Steve Staiger

November 2021

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.

June 2021

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.

Dr. Matthew Bowdish

March 2021

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.

Carolyn Williams

Float Pilgrims

“The Voyage of Hope – 1620” float won the Americana Award at the 2020 Rose
Parade for the “Most outstanding depiction of national treasures and traditions.”