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Society Governor and Dover Lawyer, Don Bryant and Society Secretary Muriel Moore of Northwood with New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu at the State House Executive Chamber, where Governor Sununu signs the annual Compact Day Proclamation, November, 1986.

Governor Sununu displays the plaque on the first floor of the State House commemorating the Mayflower Compact, donated by the New Hamopshire Society in ceremonies on November 21, 1936. Speaking at this event was noted Harvard Historian Samuel Eliot Morison (see link to New Yorker story entitled "Plymouth Rocked" in the links page). Presiding was the Society's third Governor, Foster Stearns, who would later serve in the U.S. Congress.

The newspaper caption reads: "Gov. Sununu recently signed a proclamation commemorating the signing of the Mayflower Compact by pilgrims aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Looking on are Muriel Moore of Northwood, secretary of the society of Mayflower Descendants, and Donald R. Bryant of Dover, governor of the New Hampshire Society. The proclamation states that the Mayflower Compact was the first charter of a 'government of the people, by the people and for the people' known to history; and set the climate for the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America."