Monday, December 21, 2015

Can You Help My Genealogy New Year’s Wish Come True?

The 1921 Mayflower Commemorative Quarter

The year 2020 seems so far away.  Until you realize that in a few days it will be 2016, and then there are only four years left.  The 400th Anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth, Massachusetts will be in the year 2020. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (along with the Wampanoag Nation, The State of Massachusetts, The Town of Plymouth, and other official agencies) is preparing a big commemoration for the whole world to participate in and remember this history event.   One of the first projects to get off the ground is the Mayflower Coin.

Earlier this year I blogged about the 2020 Mayflower Coin Bill at this link:

There is a bill for the United States Senate and Congress directing the US Mint to issue a commemorative coin recognizing the Mayflower voyage and the establishment of the Plymouth colony.   These bills require co-sponsors HR. 2980 sponsored by Rep. Bill Foster (D- IL) and S. 1715 Senator John Hoeven (R-ND). 

We need 67 Senators and 287 Representatives.

So far we have Senate 5 cosponsors (3R, 1I, 1D)
1. King, Angus [I-ME]  (joined Jul 8, 2015)
2. Ayotte, Kelly [R-NH] (joined Sep 15, 2015)
3. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]  (joined Oct 26, 2015)
4. Wicker, Roger [R-MS] (joined Nov 4, 2015)
5. Carpenter, Thomas [D-DE] (joined Dec. 15, 2015)


House 11 cosponsors (6D, 5R) (show)
1.  Cramer, Kevin [R-ND0] (joined Jul 8, 2015)
2. Carney, John [D-DE0] (joined Jul 9, 2015)
3. Dold, Bob [R-IL10] (joined Jul 9, 2015)
4. Bishop, Rob [R-UT1] (joined Jul 13, 2015)
5.  Beatty, Joyce [D-OH3]  (joined Sep 16, 2015)
6.  Quigley, Mike [D-IL5] (joined Sep 16, 2015)
7. Schakowsky, Janice “Jan” [D-IL9] (joined Sep 29, 2015)
8. Young, David [R-IA3] (joined Oct 22, 2015)
9.  Moolenaar, John [R-MI4](joined Oct 23, 2015)
10. Kuster, Ann [D-NH2](joined Nov 19, 2015)
11. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA6] (joined Dec 1, 2015)

The GSMD Coin Bill web page has all the things you need to write to your US senators and US congress members.  This is very easy and can be done in just a few minutes.  There are links to click to look up and see exactly who are your senators and congress members, with handy email links.   There are form letters you can cut and paste and sign into that email.  Just check out this link to the page-

The 2020 committee has been working hard behind the scenes visiting, writing and emailing our senators and congress members.  This is a bi-partisan bill that should be supported by everyone, and from every state!    I especially expected support from the senators and congress members from New England and especially from Massachusetts (which has had ZERO sponsors!)  I’m proud that New Hampshire has one of our two representatives, and one of our two senators behind this bill. 

C’mon everyone!  Send in those letters and emails NOW and let's see this bill sponsored in the year 2016!   Forward this blog post to your senators and congress members.  Show them that history, genealogy, and commemorating the events of 1620 matter and are important.


Published under a Creative Commons License
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Can You Help My Genealogy New Year’s Wish Come True?", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 21, 2015, ( accessed [access date]).  

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