In July of 1936 the Pilgrim John Howland Society began to publish our quarterly newsletter the Howland Quarterly. Now over 76 volumes of the Quarterly exist.

The main objects of this publication are (1) to bring our members closer together, for, after all, we are one large family; (2) to present to you the many interesting items relating to the Howlands—past and present—and (3) notices of our meetings, the work we are doing and our plans for developing the PJHS.

Below are articles from past issues of the Howland Quarterly that should be of interest to you. In addition, much of the material of this web site is culled from the past issues of the Howland Quarterly and are written by our members to help celebrate and to educate about our ancestors' achievements and lives.

Click on Index of articles below to read:

Index of Articles


A Flag, a Cross and a Sword

by Robert F. Huber When the Howland Society’s shallop sailed from Plymouth to Maine in August 2003 the tiny ship was flying the flag of St. George — the flag created a furor in the early days of New England. It wasn’t a pretty flag — a red cross emblazoned on a field...

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Hey Pudding Head

by Gail Adams Have you ever been called a “pudding head?” Ever wonder where this seemingly endearing term comes from? Many historians believe that the term “pudding head” came from the colonial belief that if children learning to walk fell frequently and hit their heads, th...

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