Family Association




APRIL, 2016




     Do you have some interesting stories about your parents, grandparents or other relatives?  Or do you perhaps have an older relative who remembers some stories about people who are now deceased?   Wouldn’t it be good to preserve these memories for future generations, and even share them with other DFA members right now?

     These are questions the DFA board has been considering and we’ve been inspired by the StoryCorps project to try starting an oral history project of our own.  StoryCorps has recorded interviews with people who have interesting stories to tell and has transmitted them to PBS which shares them online.  Anyone can arrange to have StoryCorps interview them but the procedure may involve some considerable travel and/or expense.

     We’d like to propose a simple way alternative within the DFA.  We suggest that you consider recording a brief session of perhaps 5 to 10 minutes.  If you do this with a digital voice recorder, such as an Olympus, or even with a cell phone, you can transfer the file to a computer using a USB cable.  And if you wish to share your files with other DFA members you can send them to us by e-mail as an attachment.

     If you like this idea and you think you may wish to participate, or if you have questions, please let us know.  Just e-mail the historian (anbdickinson@charter.net) or any other DFA board member.   Your feedback will help us develop this project and we’ll keep you updated on its progress.



A message from the DFA Board

Hello Cousins,


           Plans for the 2016 reunion have been progressing well.  The Friday evening events will take place at Adams Mill Restaurant in Manchester, CT.  Entre choices are: Prime Rib of Beef with garlic mashed potatoes, Fresh Salmon Filet with rice pilaf, Pork Normandy, with apple cider cream sauce and garlic mashed potatoes, and Pasta Primavera. Salad, seasonal vegetables, rolls, coffee or tea and dessert are included.

The Saturday events will be at the Wapping Community Church in South Windsor, CT.  We are excited to welcome our speaker, Jason Newton, who will tell us about the journey of Samuel Hooker from Boston to Connecticut which followed the  Old Connecticut Path”.  Hooker was a founder of the first three permanent settlements in Connecticut, Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor.

The schedule for the reunion events appears below (Saturday details are subject to change).  Enclosed with this newsletter is a reservation card and return envelope.  Please observe the deadline of June 7 for returning this card.  Directions for getting to the venues will appear in the June newsletter as will the final schedule.  We invite anyone who has something to add to our exhibit table to bring it on Saturday at 9:30am.  

            We’re happy to report that the January newsletter has elicited interest from some possible new board members.  We continue to invite any interested DFA members to contact one of the current board members and come join us at a board meeting.  The next one will be on Friday, June 17 at the Adams Mill Restaurant at 5pm, before our annual dinner.  That board meeting is a less formal one, and is always open to any DFA member who wishes to attend.




Friday, June 17

5pm     Open Informal Board Meeting

6pm     Social Hour

7pm     Annual Reunion Dinner

Saturday, June 18

9:30am       Gathering of cousins: registration, exhibits, sales & refreshments

11:00am     Possible pre-lunch feature

12:00pm     Lunch

1:00pm       Counting of the cousins, prizes, group photo

                                           Annual meeting

                                           Main Speaker, Jason Newton


Alan Dickinson

for the DFA Board


Please return your reservation card as soon as possible.











































Application forms are now available for the 2016 DFA scholarship.  Applicants must be descendants of Nathaniel Dickinson and must be accepted to a four-year college or university.  The deadline for submission is April 30, 2016.  Full information on requirements and an application form may be found on our website.  For additional information you may contact our scholarship chair, Jean Whitten, 9 Shepherd Rd, Manchester, NH 03104, jwhitten128@gmail.com.






Please send your births, marriages and death announcements to Dickinson Genealogist Rebecca Passa at rlpassa99@gmail.com or 17 Pine St, Easthampton, MA 01207. Please welcome Becky Passa as our new Genealogist.






Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net.



Web site:  www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org

Newsletter editor:  Dale Williams



The Dickinson Family Association, PO Box 2, Whately, MA 01093

Dear Cousin,

            We hope you will join us for the 2016 Reunion to be held June 18st at Wapping Community Church,

South Windsor, CT.  Please complete and return this card as soon as possible.  Our deadline is June 7.

            On Friday night June 17, we will be having dinner at the Adams Mill Restaurant in Manchester, CT.  We will gather at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.


YES I would like to join you for dinner at the Adams Mill Restaurant.                       Number in party  _____ @ $37 each

Number for each choice:   ____ Prime Rib;    ____ Salmon;    ____ Pork;    ____ Vegetarian             Total $______                  


            On Saturday June 18 reunion activities will start at 9:30 am, with lunch served at 12 noon.


YES I will be attending.  ____ Adults @ $28;  ____ Students @ $10;  ___ Children under 5 (free).   Total $_______


NAME __________________________________________                                             Total enclosed:   $ ________

Checks should be made payable to The Dickinson Family Association and mailed to the address above.

  Questions, call Virginia Allis, treasurer: (413) 665-4584