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$6000, $4000, $3000 and $2000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Click “GSMD Scholarship Info” to reach the GSMD scholarship requirements and due dates. You will be redirected to the GSMD website.

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SMDSC Gilman Montgomery French Scholarship

Middle School through College/Continuing Ed students are eligible. Access Scholarship information by clicking the button below. The annual deadline for submission is May 1.

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SMD SC encourages everyone to learn more about the beginnings of Plymouth Colony, including the Mayflower passengers, the Wampanoag Tribe, and their relationship with each other. This history is much more rich than many of us have been taught! We strive to debunk the Thanksgiving myth and provide resources to promote authentic discussions of the first encounters and relationship (including the struggles) between the Plymouth Colonists and the Wampanoag people, who had lived on that land for thousands of years.

The first harvest celebration was not a “Thanksgiving,” which would have been a solemn occasion, but a community celebration of surviving their first year and a successful harvest. The Wampanoag people joined the celebration, bringing 5 deer for the feasting. The festivities lasted about 3 days.

The Education and Junior Committees have jointly worked to gather well researched books, videos, and other resources for parents, teachers, and children to explore. Because most of the history we are exposed to has a European/colonist perspective, we have provided several resources recommended by the Wampanoag Tribe. We have also attempted to provide resources that present authentic perspectives of our history. For instance, we chose well-founded research, and we chose stories which consider the perspective, politics, and rich culture of the Wampanoag people and/or the Mayflower colonists.

We hope that all will enjoy exploring these resources. If you would like to assist in maintaining and updating these resources, please contact Kristen French, Education Assistant,

Mayflower/Plymouth primary resources

This Google Library lists links to primary documents (available as eBooks through Google Books) which have been transcribed into a typed format. Use these for finding concurrent recorded evidence of the lives of Mayflower passengers and the laws and happenings of their community.

The Mayflower Compact

This booklet prints the earliest known copy of the Mayflower Compact, lists the signers, and discusses the history of the document.


This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman was reviewed in The Mayflower Quarterly (Spring 2020, Vol 86, No 1, p 39) by Jim Baker, historian and former Director of Research at Plimoth Plantation. “This Land Is Their Land is also an excellent jargon-free source on inter-racial economic and social relations in Plymouth Colony history apart from the common focus on military and political factors. It is an excellent re-examination, soundly based on extensive historical evidence that document the effect colonial expansion, laws, and Christianity had on indigenous cultures of Southern New England. Highly recommended.”

National History Day

SMDSC encourage all students to participate in National History Day (NHD). This rich academic program engages middle and high school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Teachers will also find helpful resources through NHD. The Gilman Montgomery French scholarship is aligned with the NHD theme and rules, and all SC students are encouraged to submit their projects for consideration of our scholarship award.

SMDSC supports the SC History Day contest each year, and we provide 2-3 small awards to students advancing to the National Contest to help offset their costs in attending.

NHD 2023 Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.