The DELANO KINDRED holds one reunion meeting each year, selecting different parts of the country with ties to the DELANO name to host the meeting.
Even if you are not a member of the Delano Kindred, if you think you have a DELANO line of descent or are interested in the DELANO name you are cordially invited to attend.
The 2016 Reunion: Norwich, CT
The 2016 Reunion in Norwich, Connecticut, Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September was great! There were at least 41 attendees including three Delano’s who traveled all the way from Santiago, Chile. We were happy to greet cousins Cristian Cardemil Delano and his daughters Maria Alberta Delano and Ignacia Fernanda Delano and visit with them. During the Educational Symposium on Friday, there was a lengthy discussion about some Mystery DELANOs and the uses of Y-DNA to ferret out problems in solving a mysterious line of descent.
During the Welcome Banquet that night everyone there introduced themselves telling where they were from. Many attendees remarked about the tasty food served at this gathering. In anticipation of the Saturday afternoon tour of the Mystic Seaport Museum, Cousin John W. DeLano gave an excellent talk about the two boats with a DELANO connection that are part of the watercraft collection at this Museum. One was the ‘ORCA’, described as “Norman’s Land Boat.” The ORCA was built in 1882 by the shipwright Joshua Delano (DFIP #630), at his shipyard in Fairhaven, MA. Cousin John told us that Noman’s Land Island is a small island southwest of Martha’s Vineyard which is full of unexploded ordinance from WW II. The ORCA was designed to operate in waters that were similar to the waters around this island and probably the waters around Martha’s Vineyard. The other boat, a “knockabout” sailboat named the ‘VIERO’, was once owned by FDR. It was built in 1914 by George W. Shiverick of Duxbury, MA. “On Aug. 10, 1921 Franklin Delano Roosevelt spent the day sailing with his wife, Eleanor, and two sons on Cobscook Bay, Maine, even stopping to fight a small forest fire that had broken out ashore. Exhausted from his day aboard the 24-foot Vireo, the future president felt feverish when he went to bed that night. The next morning would be the last time he would walk without help. The polio that would paralyze him had struck.” (Joe Wojtas, NY Times,6/17/2001)
Saturday, after the Annual Membership Meeting and the Reunion Group photo, many members made plans to travel the short distance to tour the Mystic Seaport Museum. That evening, after a sumptuous buffet dinner, Cousin Jorge Delano introduced Cristian and his daughters to us explaining that Cristian and his great great-grandfathers were brothers. Both of these brothers were grandsons of Capt. Paul Delano who came to Chile to participate in the War of Independence from Spanish rule.
(In the photo, left to right: Ignacia Fernanda, Cousin Jorge, Cristian, and Maria Alberta Delano).
Sunday was the day of departure for most of the attendees; although some stayed on to enjoy another day in the Norwich area.
To see the Reunion Flyer, click here.
The 2015 Reunion: San Diego, CA
There were over 48 attendees at the September, 2015 San Diego Reunion. The weather was outstanding and the service provided by the Handlery Hotel was very good. The tropical plantings, including various palm trees, made one feel they were in the Hawaii or on a Caribbean Island.
On Thursday and Friday, registration was held at the entrance to the DELANO KINDRED hospitality room near the hotel’s swimming pool. Attendees took advantage of the camaraderie around snacks and beverages in the hospitality room which also had DELANO KINDRED Tee Shirts, various genealogy books and trinkets for sale.
The Friday afternoon Educational Symposium was well attended. Discussions included the proposed Y-DNA Upgrade Project as well as the proposed support of the Plymouth Colony Records Project. The Friday night Welcome Dinner was held in a room near the Hospitality Room. The food served was excellent with the entrees of steaks and Chicken Kiev (al la Handlery) done to perfection. The Speaker of the Evening was Tyler Hackworth of the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) of San Diego. He gave a very entertaining talk about the history of the SOHO and its importance in saving many of San Diego’s historical sites. He also talked about Henry Delano Fitch.
The Saturday morning Membership Annual Meeting was well attended. That afternoon many members visited the USS MIDWAY Museum which was spectacular. There was much to see, from the aircraft displays in the hangar deck and on the flight deck to tours below the engineering spaces where the ship was powered. One could also take a tour of the aircraft control bridge where the aircraft launches and recoveries were managed by the ship’s Air Department Commander (the “Air Boss”). Also on this tour one could continue to the Command Bridge where the Commanding Officer and his designated Officers of the Deck controlled the ship while it was underway.
The weather Saturday evening was warm and pleasant—almost Hawaiian—a perfect night for the Hawaiian Buffet Dinner under the stars. Before the delightful dinner, members gathered for the Reunion Group Photograph.
The 2014 Reunion: Portland, ME
Our 2014 Reunion was held in Portland, Maine, June 12-15, at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn. Click here to view all the REUNION DETAILS and Registration Form or click here to view just the Registration Form! Portland, thank you for being a wonderful host!
The 2013 Reunion: San Antonio, TX
Our 2013 Reunion was held in San Antonio, Texas, September 19-22, at the historic Crockett Hotel right next to the Alamo! Our Reunion Extra Newsletter has all the details.
The 2012 Reunion: Fairhaven, MA
The 2012 DELANO KINDRED Reunion was held September 13-15 in historic Fairhaven, Massachusetts. We broke our all-time attendance record with almost 80 attendees at this reunion. Here is what we did in Fairhaven:
We walked in the footsteps of our ancestors. From the colonial 1600's, to the Revolutionary War period of the late 1700's, to the whaling history, China trade, and railroad development of the 1800's -- the Delanos were there. We are continuing their legacy to the tumultuous present in the twenty-first century - to learn, to navigate and to imagine a better future, as they did.
Fortuitously, our weekend coincided with Fairhaven's Militia Weekend, celebrating how families lived in colonial times. A showcase of colorful costumes, characters, and customs added to the excitement. A major highlight was the firing of the cannons at Fort Phoenix at dusk on Saturday evening. Click here to learn about the Delano connection to the cannons and watch them being fired.
Here's some of what we did:
- Experienced the charm of Fairhaven center and her historic buildings, including the Delano Homestead, home of Warren Delano II, father of FDR's mother Sara Delano Roosevelt; the Millicent Library; the Unitarian Church; and the architecturally beautiful town hall where we held some of our meetings -- a perfect backdrop for our group picture (photo by David W. Oliveira)!
- Saw the riverbank where Lt. Jonathan ran his gristmill in the 1600's, then visited his grave, one of the oldest known Delano marked graves in America, a few miles away in Acushnet's Queen Anne Cemetery. Nearby is the oldest marked Delano grave in America, also believed to be the second oldest grave in the cemetery; it holds the remains of Lt. Jonathan's daughter-in-law, the first wife of his son Jabez, Mary Delano. Jabez is buried there as well.
- Learned how we are related to presidents, sea captains, astronauts, and authors with Muriel Cushing at our symposium.
- Took a narrated boat tour around New Bedford harbor and learned about the history of this famous seaport, once home to the largest whaling fleet in the world and now the home of a thriving fishing industry.
- Heard knowledgeable and entertaining speakers recount family history:
- Frederic Delano Grant, Jr., a China trade scholar, introduced us to the adventures of generations of Fairhaven Delanos in China, and to some effects of their direct experiences on Fairhaven, on FDR, on the historic Riverside Cemetery, and on the Fairhaven Branch Railroad Company. This fascinating talk took us from sail to rail in about thirty minutes.
- Jorge Delano, a descendent of Fairhaven born Captain Paul Delano delighted us with adventurous sea tales and how the South American branch of the Delano family occurred.
- Natalie Hemingway, as indefatigable and irrepressible as ever, enlivened our stay as she became Sara Delano Roosevelt visiting her father's home at 39 Walnut Street and provided the narration on our bus tour.
- Cynthia Owen Philip, who introduced us to the social circles of Sara Delano Roosevelt in New England and the Mid-Hudson Valley.
- Took a bus tour designed by Chris Richards, Fairhaven historian and director of the town's tourism:
- We stopped at Riverside Cemetery to visit the commanding Delano tomb situated on an impressive burial hill, surrounded by Delano gravestones and ringed by Delano Road and paid our respects to 18 family members inside.
- We traveled to the harbor at Fort Phoenix to relive colonial and civil war times with the Fairhaven Militia as they fired the cannons at sunset (see the video link above).
We had a great time in Fairhaven! Many thanks to the marvelous people in Fairhaven for their warm welcome and wonderful hospitality.
The 2011 Reunion: Stillwater, MN
The 2011 DELANO KINDRED Reunion was held at the Lowell Inn in the historic and picturesque river town of Stillwater, MN on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th. Thursday, June 16th was an optional "early day," on which the group enjoyed a dinner cruise on a paddlewheeler along the St. Croix river.