Illinois Mayflower Society Awards Newberry Fellowship Grant

Annual Grant Will Support Two American History and Culture Short-term Fellows

(l to r): Newberry President David Spadafora, Illinois Mayflower Society Education Committee Chair William Conger, Illinois Mayflower Society Governor Max Brown, and Newberry Vice President for Research and Academic Programs Daniel Greene
(l to r): Newberry President David Spadafora, Illinois Mayflower Society Education Committee Chair William Conger, Illinois Mayflower Society Governor Max Brown, and Newberry Vice President for Research and Academic Programs Daniel Greene
January 2013

The Newberry and the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois proudly announce an annual grant enabling two short-term fellowships for qualified Ph.D. and postdoctoral scholars to study at the library.

The $5,000 grant from the Illinois Mayflower Society will support two fellows selected by the Newberry who will use the library’s collection to pursue original research in early American history and culture. The establishment of this grant is in keeping with the mission of the Illinois Mayflower Society to promote Mayflower history and ideals and the education objectives of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Fellowships at the Newberry provide support for researchers who need to use the library’s extensive collection. Each year the Newberry offers both short-term fellowships of one or two months and long-term fellowships of four to 12 months. Generally, short-term fellowships, such as those funded by the Illinois Mayflower Society, are intended to assist those who live outside the Chicago area and need to examine specific items in the Newberry’s collection.

William Conger, Chair of the Education Committee of the Illinois Mayflower Society, and Mary Morony, Recording Secretary of the Illinois Mayflower Society, were the board members most instrumental in formulating the terms of the grant.

“We are pleased to now support new scholarship in early American history by Newberry Fellows,” Conger said. “It will contribute to a greater awareness of the broad legacy of the Mayflower Pilgrims, and it will add to our knowledge of the later growth, strength, and diversity of American culture based on democratic self-rule, foretold in the spirit of the Mayflower Compact.”

Max Douglas Brown, Governor of the Illinois Mayflower Society, also is very enthusiastic about the fellowship grant.

“I believe our membership appreciates the board’s efforts to find ways for our organization to be active and relevant in today’s society,” Brown said. “This grant is in line with our past support of genealogical libraries across Illinois, our gifts of Mayflower materials to schoolchildren, our annual scholarship award to an outstanding high-school senior, and our support of the Chicago Metro History Fair. We will continue to support scholarly and public efforts that increase awareness of our Mayflower heritage.”