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Of Mayflower Descendents in The State of California

Governor Franklin E. Smith

Governor's Report January 22, 2013
The Los Angeles Colony had a great Compact day meeting Nov 3rd at the Tam O'Shanter. We where honored with a special visit by Dr. Benjamin Franklin from the International Printing Museum in Torrance http://www.printmusem.org
The amazing Dr. Franklin told us about his many inventions and even demonstrated some of the science he is famous for.
At the last Board of Assistants meeting I proposed that the California Mayflower Society build a monument in California to the Pilgrims. This is under consideration, and all members are asked for ideas on the artwork and place. Donations can be made by contacting me or our state society.
Dr Richard McBride the Director of the Los Angeles Family History Library has again invited us to the family history Library for our February meeting. It will be a joint meeting with the Santa Barbara Colony.  Dr McBride was our speaker back in July 2008 when he presented the new Family History Search Beta website to us. Dr McBride (professor emeritus at UCLA) in 2010 spent time doing a huge multi million dollar renovation of his facility which is the largest in the world outside of Salt Lake City.  It took them a year to do it, and the LAFHL Floor Plan
shows the two new classrooms/seminar rooms that can hold up to a hundred people. Other genealogical groups have been meeting there for a long time. The rooms have been set up with video conferencing so classes can be taught from anyplace in the world, but for the most part Salt Lake City FHC.
Their website is amazing with all that it offers including free classes online, and at the facility on many genealogical topics. This facility is state of the art, and I don't know of any place better.
I will say that the Sons of the revolution library in Glendale and the LA Public Library have more Mayflower materials, but they don't have the research intensive capabilities of the LAFHL.
Check out their website at http://www.larfhc.org/ 

All Mayflower descendents are invited to attend by just going to our website, clicking on the coin to get to our calender, and then clicking on the february 3rd meeting to go to a page with all the information for making a RSVP