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Lecture Series

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In 2021, the Mayflower Society launched a very popular Lecture Series covering a variety of Mayflower Pilgrim-related topics including their odyssey, their life and times, their maritime experience and, of course, genealogy!

Please plan to join us for a fun learning experience about the Mayflower Pilgrims and genealogy topics, right from the comfort of your own home.

  • Monthly webinar lectures are free and open to the public. 
  • No pre-registration required
  • Live event links are posted below.
  • Webinars are recorded and available on demand.

Missed a lecture? View previously recorded lectures on demand.

2024 Mayflower Society Virtual Program Schedule

Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky—“Making the Presidency: John Adams and the Precedents that Forged the Republic” September 26 - 7 PM

As 2024 is an election year, Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky, an historian of the Presidency, political culture, and the government—looks at how our second President set the stage for many later traditions and trends.  

Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is the Executive Director of the George Washington Presidential Library. Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, a historian at the White House Historical Association and a fellow at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.  Dr. Chervinsky is the author of the award-winning The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution and the co-editor of Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture. She has been published in the Washington Post, TIME, USA Today, CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, The Daily Beast, and many others; she is a regular resource for outlets like CBS News, Face the Nation, CNN, The BBC, Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, and CBC News

Zoom webinar information:

Laurence Bergreen—Marco Polo October 10 7 PM

Marco Polo opened Asia to European trade, so we’re told, but we generally don’t know much else. Historian Laurence Bergreen remedies that by bolstering Polo’s reputation and arguing for his historical importance.  Bergreen has written biographies of Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin and Ferdinand Magellan, and here he retraces Polo’s steps to Mongolia and China.  

Zoom webinar information:

Thomas Weaver: “The Electoral College: Why It Endures Despite Two Centuries of Criticism” November 7 - 7 PM

Despite the opinion of Alexander Hamilton that the Electoral College was the only part of the Constitution to escape criticism, few clauses in the Constitution have been subjected to more consistent and withering disapproval than the Electoral College. Thomas Weaver will explore the people and events that shaped America’s unique form in choosing a chief executive, telling the story through the eyes of people who lived it—including stories that involve murders, duels, shootouts, corruption, greed, teenage elopement, and a secret midnight ride in the back of a mail carriage to save the Constitution.

Zoom webinar information:

Stephen Tomkins, “The Journey to the Mayflower” November 14 - 7 PM

The sailing of the Mayflower was not just a foundational American event—it was also the culmination of a radical English religious movement. This is the story of that underground church, one of prison and killings, spies and subterfuge, theological controversy and sexual scandal, and the invention of religious freedom.

Stephen Tomkins is a writer, broadcaster, editor and speaker, and the author of seven books.

Zoom webinar information:

View On Demand Webinars

2024 Mayflower Society Virtual Programs

Click on the links below to rewatch these Virtual Lectures and remember to copy the passcode.          

            D-Day Deceptions
            Presenter: Mark Schmidt
           Passcode: ^cMdw!8$

            Families and Freedoms:
           Connections Between the
           Mayflower and the American Revolution
           Presenter: Jonathan Lane 

           Passcode: C5ui+^!F

          Pits, Posts and Palisades: 
         The Archaeology of Patuxet and the
         17th century Plimoth Colony Settlement
         Presenter: David Landon 

        Passcode: Z@gm63EE

         Indian Wars of New England
         Presenter: Michael Tougias

         Passcode:  T2qY09&X


2023 Mayflower Society Virtual Programs

The Mayflower and Her Passengers
Presenter: Caleb Johnson

Passcode: 9Zp9K&ac


Presenter: Bill Cole

Passcode: SVHj&6V1

Jump Starting Your Family History with Familysearch
Presenter: Lynn Turner

Passcode: N2iy*T3v

The Pilgrims and America’s War Over Its History

Presenter: John Turner

Passcode: t@hK2y^5

Welcome to Plimoth Patuxet
Presenter: Tom Begley

Passcode: TXn3w=B.

The Voyage of Mayflower 400
Presenter: Brett Phaneuf

Passcode: 36&K+PG%

Mutinous Women
Presenter: Joan DeJean

Passcode: +RZ.d!A0

Welcome to Pilgrim Hall Museum
Presenter: Donna Curtin

Passcode: K@w3L#Jo

Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History
Presenter: Richard Thompson Ford

Passcode: =Jvu#4y8

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World
Presenter: Virginia Postrel

Passcode: nkSG^7h3

2022 Mayflower Society Virtual Programs

King Philip’s War Presenter: Michael Tougias Passcode: !&kg5?vG
The Winslow Family and Plymouth Colony Presenters: Rebecca Fraser and Michelle Marchetti Coughlin Passcode: Jj#F34R9
Diseases and Epidemics in Colonial New England Presenter: Shellie Karol-Chik Passcode: iG=*sq95 Handout

Beefing Up an Ancestor’s Timeline

Presenter: Jeanette Sheliga

Setting Sail to the Mayflower Society with the Silver Books as Your Guide
Presenter: Bonnie Wade Mucia
Passcode: m3cL^zZC
Mayflower Society DNA Project
Presenters: Mike Terry, Susan Abanor and Kenneth Whittemore
Passcode: ajI2.8wq
Locating Records in Archives from the Couch
Presenter: Sara Cochran
Passcode:  H!?gN=1y
The First Thanksgiving, 1621
Presenters: Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle
Passcode:  PI.k6ufE

2021 Mayflower Society Virtual Programs

400 Years on Leyden Street
Presenter: Lisa Pennington
Passcode: 9Yrl=8q?

Made in America
Presenter: James W. Baker
Passcode:  W?=YE77$

The Peregrine White Webinar
Presenter: Stephen C. O’Neill
Passcode:  X&F9Sm5$