Lecture Series

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Lecture Series

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 to enjoy learning more about Mayflower Pilgrim and genealogy topics from the comfort of your home in 2022.

  • 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.

2022 Mayflower Society Virtual Program Schedule

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Zoom webinar information:

Jeanette Sheliga,
“Beefing Up an Ancestor’s Timeline”

So often there are unanswered questions and brick walls surrounding a person on your family tree.
This presentation focuses on techniques and good practices on how to obtain and organize all of the information that you can locate on a person and, hopefully, help to answer your questions and break through the brick walls.

Thursday, September 29, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Zoom webinar information:

  • Webinar Link 
  • Webinar ID: 83453444944
  • Webinar Passcode: 224813
Shellie Karol-Chik,
“Disease and Epidemics in Colonial New England”

Since the earliest European settlements in New England, diseases and epidemics were a regular part of colonial life.

Join Shellie Karol-Chik as she explores the types of diseases affecting colonists, the timeline of New England’s early epidemics, and how colonists viewed and reacted to this unwelcome part of their lives. The event will also review a case study of an outbreak affecting Plymouth Colony in 1747 and provide tips on how to identify outbreaks in your own genealogical and historical research.

Thursday, November 10, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Zoom webinar information:

  • Webinar Link 
  • Webinar ID: 86479022435
  • Webinar Passcode: 215555
Geoffrey Gamble,
"The Mayflower and its Crew: A Nautical and Societal History"

A rollicking travel in time to the 17th century, including a biography of the Mayflower as a ship, and a societal history of some of its crew and passengers with a hint of forbidden religion.

Geoffrey Gamble is the Governor of the Mayflower Society of Delaware, a retired lawyer and diplomat, who has had a lifelong interest in studying the 17th century. 

Monday, November 21, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Zoom webinar information:

  • Webinar Link 
  • Webinar ID: 86467506893
  • Webinar Passcode: 689238
Rebecca Fraser and Michelle Marchetti Coughlin,
“The Winslow Family and Plymouth Colony”

Rebecca Fraser, author of The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America, and Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life, will discuss their books and explore the history of Plymouth Colony through the story of the Winslow family over several generations. During the course of their discussion, they will highlight how biography and family history can help illuminate the past.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Zoom webinar information:

  • Webinar Link 
  • Webinar ID: 83244305728
  • Webinar Passcode: 130717
Michael Tougias,
“King Philip’s War”

Local historian Michael Tougias looks at Native American way of life, colonial settlements, and the events that led up to what many consider the bloodiest war in American history.

View On Demand Webinars

2022 Mayflower Society Virtual Programs

Setting Sail to the Mayflower Society with the Silver Books as Your Guide
Presenter: Bonnie Wade Mucia
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Mayflower Society DNA Project
Presenters: Mike Terry, Susan Abanor and Kenneth Whittemore
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Locating Records in Archives from the Couch
Presenter: Sara Cochran
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The First Thanksgiving, 1621
Presenters: Karen Rinaldo and Kevin Doyle
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2021 Mayflower Society Virtual Programs

400 Years on Leyden Street
Presenter: Lisa Pennington
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75 Years Later: Creating Wartime Family Reunions
Presenter: Bonnie Wade-Mucia
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Made in America
Presenter: James W. Baker
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The Peregrine White Webinar
Presenter: Stephen C. O’Neill
Passcode:  X&F9Sm5$