By now, all of our members have received their March 2018 Newsletter on the Winchester, VA Reunion to be held June 15, 16, and 17. If you are a member and did not receive a Newsletter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will check on your membership status and send you a Newsletter, if you are a member. If your membership has expired, I will send you an email with a copy of our Newsletter attached, which will explain how to attend the Reunion.
If you want to attend the Reunion and have not been a member and want to join “The Association” please go to the Membership TAB above and join the Association. After receiving your membership fees, we will email you a Newsletter which contains everything you will need to attend the Reunion.
Our Committee choose Winchester as our 2018 Reunion site because it is a very historical town, not only for its part in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, but also the Civil War. It also just happens to be where two important families of the Shenandoah Valley paths crossed in the late -1700’s. The Henkel and Miller families became intertwined with each other initially through the Lutheran Church, which lead to long term friendships and ultimately marriages between the two families.
Reunion attendees will get to see the Henkel printing press which was recently brought back to the Shenandoah Valley from Duke University in Durham, NC, through the joint efforts of our “Family Association” and The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, which is located in Winchester. The Museum’s Curator of Collections has become an authority on the press and will talk to our group about its history and give us a demonstration on how the press printed the first newspaper in the Shenandoah Valley in 1809.
We will then visit “Old Town” Winchester and learn about our cousins from the Miller family at the Godfrey Miller Museum. After the Museum’s Director give us a tour of the home, several of our members who have unbelievable collections of Henckel and Miller memorabilia. They will be available to tell you what you are looking at and answer any questions you might have about their collections. Many of the items are well over 200 years old.
As always, a tasty luncheon is planned in one of the nicest small town parks that you will see any place in America. As my grandmother use to say, “Henckels love their food and being with their relatives to enjoy it”. We have the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s favorite cater preparing and serving us lunch.
We will then return to “Old Town”, where we will visit the church that is truly responsible for starting the Henkel-Miller friendship. The Historian at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will tell us about how the two families became acquainted through their shared religious beliefs. It is a story that none of you have probably ever heard, it is a true moment in our family’s history that needs to be told!
From Grace Lutheran we will visit Colonel George Washington’s Office and learn about why he had his office in Winchester. Afterwards, we will visit the Bell-Miller home that was built in the early 1800’s. We will learn what life was like in that time period, for a well to do Winchester family. Our last stop will be at the Handley Library where a lot of historical information on the Miller and Henkel families is housed. The library’s Historian will give us a tour of the beautiful library. The library, as a special favor to our families, will create display cases filled with Henkel and Miller archives which they have collected through the years.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Reunion in Winchester, Virginia.