April 2015 Newsletter


A message from the President 
Hello Cousins, Our June 20, 2015 Reunion is fast approaching and we hope you will consider joining us. This years’ Reunion will be held at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst and features a presentation on recent archaeological work being done on the museum grounds. Special museum tours have been arranged just for us so we encourage you to sign up for these in advance. The staff of the museum will also be providing children’s activities so please bring the young ones. A Cousin from Maryland, Patricia Vitale, will present her research on her 3rd great-Grandfather, Elijah Dickinson of Vermont, in the morning part of the program. Our Association Dinner will take place the evening before at The Lord Jeffrey Inn Amherst. As if this all weren’t enough- we have a new project starting up. During the last several years I’ve been struck by the wealth of information and anecdote that our members have. It occurred to me that we could document this knowledge and history by a process of videotaping members stories. This could be as simple as describing one’s family and the things we were told by our parents and grandparents. These spoken histories can be preserved on DVD’s and other digital storage devices and excepts can be put on our website. Steve Unkles, of Audio-Visual Archives, will be covering our Reunion this year and will be available during the Reunion and at other times throughout the year to any brave Cousin who wishes to participate in our spoken histories project. Please send in your reservations promptly to help us plan this important Reunion. Thank you,Andrew Dickinson, President DFA 
Friday, June 19, 2015 DFA Dinner at the Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst, MA.  
5 PM               Open Board Meeting            
6 PM               Social Hour            
7 PM               Dinner 
Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Amherst, MA9:30AM-11:00AM Gathering of the Cousins, Museum Tours, Spoken History interviews11:00AM Welcome, Patricia Vitale’s presentation, Counting of the Cousins12:00 Noon Group Photo/Lunch1:15 Annual Meeting/Reports of Board Members/Children’s activities2:00 Presentation by Museum staff on recent archaeological work3:30 Goodbyes and singing God Bless America 
Please return your reservation form as soon as possible. Andrew Dickinson, President 

                               Tours Available on Reunion Day

The Emily Dickinson Museum staff will be providing three different tours on the morning of June 20th.

1.         A 90-minute tour, “Emily Dickinson’s World” which includes both the Homestead and Emily’s

brother Austin’s house, the Evergreens.  Tour starts at 9am, is limited to 10 visitors and is $11/person.

2.         A 45-minute exterior “Architecture Tour” on the museum grounds, also including both houses. 

            This tour has no limit and the fee is $9/person.

3.         A 15-minute guided  “Bedroom Visit” of the newly restored Emily Dickinson bedroom.  This is given

            twice: 9:15am and 10:15 am with a limit of 15 visitors for each.  The fee is $9/person.

If you are interested, indicate the number of people for each tour on the registration form and include

payment with your check for the reunion.  More information on the tours may be found on our website.

 2015 SCHOLARSHIP – LAST CALL Application forms are now available for the 2015 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, 2015.  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, jeanmblackmer@gmail.com.
 A MESSAGE FROM OUR GENEALOGIST 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. Our former Genealogist Adrienne Weibleretired from the position when she moved to Delaware.  Many, many thanks to Adrienne for her contributions as the Dickinson Genealogist!
 MISSING COUSINS Diana Roberts Anderson of Hulett, NY, Marion Hubbard Cook of Webster, NY, Lynne Cresutello, Barbara Dickinson of Roswell, MN, Betty Dickinson, Brad Dickinson, George S. Dickinson of Fairfield, CT, Michael Dickinson of Bradenton, FL, Philip C. Dickinson of Roseville, MI, Thomas S. Dickinson, Paul Oliver Dickinson Jr. of Vernon, FL, Mary Jane Dickinson Graham, Tom Guettler, George Hawksley of Bridgeport, CT, Elsie Hayden of Westfield, MA, Barbara Dickinson Hilton of Lumberton, NC, Debbi Jackson of Dunnelson, FL, Sue Shepard Jaques of Skillman, NJ, William Lundin of North Canton, OH, Frank Mallalieu of Oro Valley, AZ, Elwin Mauer of Evergreen, CO, Lora L. Pallatto of San Mateo, CA, Autumn Rader, Kate Sanders of Old Saybrook, CT.   If you have a mailing address for any of these cousins please send to Beth Landolina at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net. Thank you!
 ADDRESS & E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGES REQUESTED Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net.
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