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By Craig S. Chartier

Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project

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

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the 2020 annual meeting ~ New Information 06/02/20

2020 Events Updates

The board has decided in the best interest of our members and the Society that the September Annual Meeting be held virtually, rather than the in-person. We tried to make this decision with enough time to make an informed decision and allow members time to adjust their plans, as necessary.

All information and registration information will be available on our website: https://pilgrimjohnhowlandsociety.org. If you have not registered for member access to the website or have not provided an email for future correspondence, please email [email protected].

 Events Updates:

  • The Annual Meeting will be held virtually on September 12th from 1-3pm. (Please note date change.) Details and registration information for this event will be made available in the coming weeks.

  • The Annual Banquet has been canceled

  • The Member Tour and associated events have been deferred to 2021. Details and registration information for this event will be made available on our website and in subsequent Howland Quarterlies.

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!

If you have already paid for any event which has been cancelled a refund will be sent out soon.



         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 SPRING 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.
225 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 scheduled to open on June 19, 2020. We are monitoring the  ongoing COVID-19  concerns and may have to postpone our opening day. Please check back for more details and stay safe in these difficult times.

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 pictures of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley sail, visit our Facebook page.

The Tilley had a wonderful sail to the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Picnic on Clark's Island on July 15th. Learn more about the DRHS here and about Clark's Island's important role in Pilgrim history here.

The Crew of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley at Clark's Island (photo credit Matt Villamaino/Ninky Savage)

photo credits (left: Pulpit Rock: Michael Goldstein, right: The Crew of the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley at Clark's Island: Matt Villamaino/Ninky Savage)


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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