December 14th, 2017

Welcome from Governor General Michael Swisher


2017-2019 Governor General Michael Swisher

Welcome to the official website for the National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, a non-profit hereditary society dedicated to perpetuating the memory and fostering and promoting the principles and virtues of the “Pilgrims” (see the “Pilgrims” page of this site).

The Society was founded on December 21, 1908 and has been in continuous existence since then. Its motto is “Land of our Fathers! Ours to Preserve. Ours to Transmit. Liberty in Union; Now and Forever.” For more on this topic, see our “History” page. The Society is very proud of its over one hundred years of working to spread the word about the incredible individuals who came to this New World prior to the year 1700 and who built the foundation upon which rests our great country. Amazingly, new discoveries about the Pilgrims continue to be made even now in the 21st Century! Through this website and its various educational projects, the Society plans to continue its vigorous efforts to spread the word about these amazing Americans.

The Society’s Active Support of Education About the Pilgrims:

The Society is a nonprofit corporation approved for tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The objects of the Society are primarily educational in nature. With 36 current branches and over 1500 members, the Society actively supports its educational purpose by means of national projects, publications, and the local participation of its members through meetings and projects of its numerous, virtually nationwide branches. More information can be found on our website under the “National Projects”, “About Us”, and “Management” menus.

Join Us!

We appreciate your interest in the National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. As explained in more detail in our “Membership” page on this site, a male or female over the age of 18 is eligible to join our Society, without regard to religion or place of origin, if he or she is a direct descendent of a “Pilgrim”. That term denotes any immigrant who settled before 1700 within the territory which later became the forty-eight contiguous states of the United States of America.

Literally millions of people qualify for membership in our Society so we actively encourage you to inquire if you are interested in joining our Society. We are interested in having new members in order to give us greater energies and resources to fulfill our goal of education about the important and fascinating history of the Pilgrims. For more information about becoming a member, please visit our “Become A Member” page. Whether or not you join the Society, we hope very much that you enjoy your time visiting our website.

In Pilgrim Spirit,

Michael Swisher,
Governor General