In remembrance of those God-fearing and dauntless Pilgrims, the first English settlers of New England, their descendants founded the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in 1897. The purposes of the Society:
1. To perpetuate to a remote posterity the memory of our Pilgrim Fathers and Mothers. To maintain and defend the principle of civil and religious liberty as set forth in the Mayflower Compact.
2. To cherish and maintain the ideals and institutions of American freedom. To transmit the spirit, the purity of purpose, and steadfastness of will of the Pilgrims to those who shall come after us, an undiminished heritage of liberty and law.
3. To promote the interests that are common to all the State Societies of Mayflower Descendants which can best be served by a federal body, and to secure united effort to discover and publish original matter in regard to the Pilgrims, and to authenticate, preserve and mark historical spots made memorable by Pilgrim association.
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