Pilgrim Academic Research Award

Annual Pilgrim Academic Research Award

The Pilgrim Academic Research Award is presented at the Governor General’s 1620 Club Banquet each September.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Pilgrim Academic Research Committee is pleased to announce the eighth annual Pilgrim Academic Research Award recipient, Peggy M. Baker.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, with Master’s degrees in Latin and in Library Science, Peggy moved to Plymouth in 1990 – and discovered the Pilgrims. After thirty years immersion, including fifteen years as Director & Librarian of Pilgrim Hall Museum, she remains fascinated by the depth and breadth, and nuances, of their story. She is currently the Thomas Rogers family researcher for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Silver Books project. Peggy has had more than thirty-five articles on Pilgrim-related topics published in The Mayflower Quarterly Magazine. She is an elected fellow of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Historical Society; and was recognized in 2008 with the Pennsylvania Society of Mayflower Descendant’s Katharine F. Little Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship Award and in 2011 with an Honorary Life Membership in the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Governor General Jane Groves Riddell Hurt presented the General Society of Mayflower descendants Pilgrim Academic Research Award for 2023 to Peggy Baker during the September 13, 2023, Governor General’s 1620 Club Banquet. 

Recipients of the Pilgrim Academic Research Award

2023: Peggy M. Baker

2022: Richard H. Pickering

2021: Judith H. Swan

2019: Caleb H. Johnson

2018: Susan E. Roser

2017: Dr. Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs

2016: Dr. David Landon & Dr. Christa Beranek

2015: James W. Baker