April 2011 Newsletter


Hello Cousins:

As you make your Summer plans and the calendar fills up, we hope you will remember your Dickinson Family Association and a very special date, June 25, 2011. This is the day our annual Reunion will be held on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, will give a presentation entitled, “The News, like Squirrels, ran” in which she will detail the many recent changes at the museum.

For those of you coming to our Association Dinner the evening before the Reunion, we have had a change of venue. The dinner on the evening of June 24 will now take place at Wiggins Tavern at The Hotel Northampton. We have met there before and it will prove a fine place for our open meeting,social hour and dinner.

The Emily Dickinson Museum will have children’s activities for this year’s Reunion- so bring the young ones!

Andrew Dickinson, president

 141th ANNUAL REUNION SCHEDULE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011          
5 PM                 Board Meeting, Wiggins Tavern, Northampton, MA            
6 PM                 Social Hour, Wiggins Tavern            
7 PM                 Dinner, Wiggins TavernSATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011            
9:30-11:30AM  Gathering of Cousins,  Emily Dickinson Museum & Homestead Amherst, MA            
11:30 AM        Welcome & Opening Presentations            
12 noon           Group Photo and Lunch            
1:15 PM          Annual Meeting            
2:00 PM          Main Speaker: Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum
Please return your reservation card as soon as possible.Driving directions will appear in the June newsletter. 
 2011 DFA SCHOLARSHIP ALERT – LAST CALL One of the most important functions of the Dickinson Family Association is the awarding of our annual scholarship.  The deadline for applications for this year’s DFA scholarship is April 30.  Anyone interested in applying should print out the form from our website and submit it with all other required material to the scholarship chair, Jean Blackmer, 61 Sever St., Worcester, MA 01609.  If you don’t have access to the internet, contact Jean and she will send you the form.
 EMILY DICKINSON’S LINEAGE The poet, Emily Dickinson, was in the eighth generation of Dickinsons in America.  Since this June’s reunion will be held at her home, it was decided to print her lineage in a newsletter, so here is an abbreviated version taken from our new genealogy:   Nathaniel1bp. 3 May 1600 Billingborough, Lincolnshire, England, d. 16 Jun 1676 Hadley MA;   Samuel2, b. 15 Jul 1638 Wethersfield CT, d. 30 Nov 1711 Hatfield MA;  Ebenezer3, b. 2 Feb 1681 Hatfield MA, d. there 16 Mar 1730;  Nathan4, b. 30 May 1712 Hatfield MA, d. 7 Aug 1796 Amherst MA;  Nathan5, b. 19 Oct 1735 Amherst MA, d. 3 Aug 1825 Amherst MA;  Samuel Fowler6, b. 9 Oct 1775 Amherst MA, d. 22 Apr 1838 Hudson OH;  Edward7, b. 1 Jan 1803 Amherst MA, d. 16 Jun 1874 Boston MA;  Emily Elizabeth8, b. 10 Dec 1830 Amherst MA, d. 15 May 1886 Amherst MA. 
 NEWSLETTER ALERT      The DFA newsletter typically goes out in January, April, June and November of each year.  The June and November newsletters go out by e-mail to those who are able and willing to receive it this way, and it does save the association time and money.  If you received the Nov 2010 newsletter by postal mail, that means either you have indicated you don’t wish to receive the newsletters electronically, or we do not have a valid e-mail address for you.     We know e-mail addresses change frequently and it is easy to forget to update them.  So if you change your e-mail address we would greatly appreciate your sending the new one to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at bethl0719@comcast.net 
 MISSING COUSINS      Our Membership Clerk, Beth Landolina, has reported the names of several of our members for whom we no longer have valid postal and email addresses.  The list, which in most cases includes the last known place of residence, is as follows: Marion Hubbard Cook, Webster, NY; Anthony Roy Dickinson; Brad Dickinson; James Dickinson; James L and  Mardalee B. Dickinson; Thomas S. Dickinson; Marie Gauthier, West Suffield, CT; Mary Jane Dickinson Graham; Thomas A. Haven; George Hawksley, Bridgeport, CT; Elsie S. Hayden, Westfield, MA; Stacy and Trevor Holmes; Cheyenne Huffor, Northbridge, MA; Ruloff F Kip, Mt. Vernon, NY; Lora L. Pallatto; Stephan Rante, Winston-Salem, SC; Kathy Sanders, Old Saybrook, CT; Paul Toelken; Frances Wackerbarth, Granville, MA     If you can help us reconnect with any of these people please contact Beth Landolina at 82 Evergreen Dr., Tolland, CT 06084; (860)870-0339; BethL0719@sbcglobal.net 
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