Our state society celebrates three events each year for members and guests - our Annual Meeting in February, our Patriot's Day celebration in April, and Yorktown Celebration in October. Additional events by our chapters add to the society's activities throughout the year.
Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Society
Our day-long Annual Meeting each February sets the direction for the organization through an election of state officers, confirmation of our yearly calendar, and recognitions for outstanding work of the year. It is a forum for all members from across the state to meet each other and to see what is happening in our organization. Everyone comes to appreciate the many efforts of our society as assembled and reviewed in presentations throughout the day.
8:30 AM - Morning Reception - Coffee and Pastries
9:00 AM - Board of Managers Meeting
10:00 AM - Annual Meeting (Members Only)
10:30 AM - Ladies Auxiliary Program
11:30 AM - Reception - Members & Guests
12:30 PM - Luncheon Program
Each year we have an exceptional speaker on an aspect of Colonial America. Speakers often address important moments in the history and look inside the head of some of America’s most important leaders at a pivotal point of American politics.
The Annual Meeting reflects tremendous efforts from all parts of our organization. It typically has over one hundred participants including applicants-in-progress, members, representatives from affiliated societies, and guests. Details on the event are sent to members each year as the day approaches.
Patriots Day Weekend Celebration
Our celebration on Patriot's Day on the third Monday in April begins with the grand parade in Concord with the President General of our National Society. Our Color Guard begins the day by mustering in front of the Colonial Inn to mark patriot's grave with a memorial service at 7:30 a.m. The parade steps off with the President General's carriage at 9:00 a.m. All members of the society are welcome to march with us in the parade in uniform or coat and tie.
The weekend includes a reception and banquet for the President General at the inn. As a part of the gathering, we award the winners of our annual essay and oration contests for youth as well as the winner of our eagle scout scholarship for the year. The banquet closes with a recitation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by a descendant of Paul Revere.
Victory of Yorktown Celebration
The Battle of Yorktown in 1781 was a decisive victory by combined assault of American forces led by General George Washington and French forces led by General Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. It proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Each year in October the society gathers at a historic site within the state as selected by the officers of the chapters with our Board of Managers. As with our event for Patriot's day, this celebration begins with the marking of a patriot's grave and proceeds with a guided tour of the site, a banquet, and lecture. Celebrations have occured at Historic Deerfield, Plymouth Plantation, the Musuem of our National Heritage, and Sturbridge Village.