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By Craig S. Chartier

Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project

(2018 report has been moved to the Rocky Nook Page)

Read 2019 Article Here


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the 2020 annual meeting ~ New Information 09/15/20

For Pilgrim John Howland Society members wishing to view the virtual meeting, go to the member page, look in the list on the left side of the page for 2020 annual meeting. You will directed to a video link. 

Events Updates

We greatly appreciate your understanding and support during these unprecedented times. While 2020 has not turned out to be the year many of us expected, we look forward to celebrating with you in 2021!

Watch this space for details on Howland Society 2021 activites 


         PJHS trip to england Update 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns the trip to England is postponed until July 9-18, 2021. Everyone who has already registered can stay with the group for next year unless you decide to cancel yourself.Details are available through Reformation Tours at [email protected]. If anyone is interested in joining the trip, given the new dates, contact Andrew Whipple at [email protected]

St. Peter and St. Paul's in Fenstanton, England
John Howland's home town

ROCKY NOOK archaeological dig 2020 Updated information 7/12/20

The dig at Rocky Nook scheduled for September 2020 has been postponed until 2021. 
Please check back on the website for a specific date for next year's dig.

You can learn about findings from past excavations here.


The Summer 2020 edition of the howland quarterly is now available online

Login with your member password to see the latest issue!

Renew your membership!

It's not too late to renew your membership!  You can do this online by logging into your account via the Member Area tab above (you should have received login instructions in a welcome email).  You can also renew by mailing your dues payment ($25 for annual members) to:

Pilgrim John Howland Society
PO Box 1479
Plymouth, MA 02362-1479

Please note that if you mail in your dues, it may take some time for this information to be updated on the website.

Membership Drive!
The society has set a membership goal of 400 new members by 2020.
287 new members have already joined since our annual meeting!

Do you have family members who haven't joined the society yet or friends who would like to join in the Friends category?  Now is a great time to encourage them to join ahead of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival in New England. Entrance fees are waived through December 2020 (annual or life dues fees still apply). See here for more information and application forms.


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The Jabez Howland House is open by reservation only Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am- 4:00pm. Please call the house phone number 508-746-9590 to make a reservation. Leave a contact number on the voice mail and we will get back in touch promptly.

Thank you! Remember - members vist the house for free!

Members, did you know that you can read and download high-quality PDFs of the Howland Quarterly, NOW dating back to 2011? Access these under the Member Area tab.


If you would like to see other pictures of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley visit our Facebook page.

An account of the recent sailing of the shallop Elizabeth Tilley
by Admiral Michael Goldstein
The Shallop had a very nice sail out to greet the Mayflower II on its return to Plymouth Harbor.  Due to Covid-19 and spacing restrictions, there was a minimal crew:  Admiral Michael Goldstein, Captain Peter Arenstam on the Aquasport, Brad Gorham (named for a Howland Society former president) Jon Daley, and Edward Nute (a professional photographer)
.   (Ed Nute Photography)  

The Shallop sailed out of Plymouth Bay (past the Green Bell #1) and out into Cape Cod Bay,
further east than it had in over a decade and a half.

(Ed Nute Photography)

The Shallop was under full sail out past Gurnet Point (at times even “dragging” The Brad Gorham).  The Shallop was the source of a LOT of attention by other boaters out in the Bay awaiting the arrival of Mayflower II. 




The Shallop moved back and forth for hours as Mayflower II changed from a small speck on the horizon to arrive under full sail itself.  The Shallop then greeted the Mayflower II as the ship turned and headed east toward Provincetown for a bit.(Ed Nute Photograpy)

Due to a great suggestion by Peter Arenstam and Jon Daley, we moved the Shallop away from Mayflower II and to a very good spot where we guessed Mayflower II would come on its return.  The timing was done like a sailing race.  We were perfectly located as Mayflower II and its police, fire, and Harbormaster escorts sailed by and we joined them in the inner section into the mouth of Plymouth Bay, and eventually back into Plymouth Harbor.  Again, the Shallop was seen by all and was the source of MUCH attention. (Boston Globe Photograph)

As part of the Boston globe coverage, they featured the return of the ship on the front page on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  On page B4, The Boston Globe ran two large photos of Mayflower II.  The top photo is of the stern of the Mayflower II under full sail and the shallop is immediately to starboard (right).  The second photo is an amazing shot of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley under full sail, with the Cross of St. George prominent in the foreground with Mayflower II in the background (and a jet ski and the Harbor Master boat) as well. (Boston Globe Photograph)



Letter From the President 

PJHS Website – President’s Welcome Letter 2019

Dear Members, Friends, and Visitors,

Welcome to the Pilgrim John Howland Society website! We hope that you find the site informative and helpful in learning about the organization, events and membership.

For the last 122 years, The Pilgrim John Howland Society (PJHS) has provided a forum for the celebration and recognition of two pilgrim ancestors, John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. Our mission is simple: to preserve and celebrate the legacy of these two courageous individuals through education and stewardship of their properties, the Jabez Howland House and Rocky Nook. PJHS has over 1,400 members who proudly fulfill our mission through their generosity, encouragement and enthusiasm.

Any organization as old as ours has gone through a lot of growth and changes over the years. Moving PJHS forward as your new president, a primary goal of mine, shared by my fellow board members, is to expand our media presence and improve communication with members and the general public. Fortunately, we have enthusiastic board members who see the benefits of media initiatives, this website being a wonderful example. Our goal with the website and other initiatives is to bring you timely information on events and exhibits at the properties, PJHS organizational updates; educational links and information, and current research findings.

An exciting new development has been the creation of the new position of Executive Director. This addition allows us to have a presence in the Plymouth community with an increased focus on partnerships, education activities and membership engagement and support, year-round. Keep visiting our website and Facebook page as we continue to expand our presence and provide updates. The Jabez Howland House remains a Plymouth landmark and national historic site. It is the only surviving house in which Mayflower a passenger actually lived; John and Elizabeth stayed there with their son Jabez for some time. Similarly, Rocky Nook, one of the most pristine and undisrupted pilgrim era sites in the nation, remains a rich site for Howland family archeology. Artifacts can be found in the Plymouth area at the Jabez Howland House, at Plimoth Plantation, and Pilgrim Hall Museum.

PJHS efforts over the last two years will culminate with the 400thAnniversary of the Mayflower landing with celebrations that will take place in Plymouth. The Executive Board is still finalizing our schedule of activities, but we hope you’ll be there with us to recognize the incredible journey of our pilgrim ancestors, and the rich legacy they have bestowed upon us. Anniversary event information will be posted to the website as details become available.

Critical to our progress forward is your support. PJHS is a volunteer non-profit organization with only our paid personnel being our new Executive Director. Quality programming, special events, and maintenance of the historical sites require your support. Whether you have time, talent or treasure to contribute – please reach out to us! We hope to see you at future meetings and events.

Thank you!

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PJHS Charms, Medals, Pins

What we have all been waiting for! The PJHS miniature charm, medal and lapel pin are now available from Hamilton Insignia at this link.

Gold filled is $59.00; sterling silver is $55.00.  Many thanks to our president and board who approved this project to show our pride and affection for our ancestors.  Special thanks to PJHS member Lynda Hylander who coordinated this project.  Order now!  Christmas is coming!!!

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Howland  Books

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants meticulously investigates primary records that substantiate the identity of individuals and families that descend from the Pilgrims who traveled on the ship Mayflower in 1620.  The Five Generations Project books, also called the Silver books, are now being researched beyond the first five generations. These avidly collected books are an invaluable tool in genealogy research.

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