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Ferree Reunion 2007

"Have a heart with room for every joy." Philip James Bailey

The third Ferree Family Reunion was held in the Lancaster/Paradise, Pennsylvania area on July 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2007. Guests included direct descendants, cousins from related families, and others interested in Ferree genealogy.
 
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Welcome Center
The Continental Inn on Lincoln Highway East served as our headquarters where a Welcome Center was available for reunion participants to view displays, share family genelogy, purchase merchandise, get acquainted, and socialize.
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Genealogy Day Conference - July 26th
This event offficially opened our Ferree Family Reunion. Conducted by Dr. Charles Heisterkamp, our Ferree family genealogist, the program featured guest speakers on topics ranging from genealogical research to our Ferree family history. Opportunity was provided to ask questions and exchange information. The cost of $20.00 included a buffet luncheon and a CD of material presented at the conference which also contained a book "The Ferree Family, the First Five Generations". Following the dinner break, Dr. Heisterkamp was available in the Welcome Center to meet with individuals to answer questions, and exchange information about our Ferree ancestors.
Program Schedule
9:00 A.M. Welcome & Introduction Charles Heisteramp
9:30 A.M. Early Ferree Homes in Lancaster County David Bamberger & Ken Eshleman
10:30 A.M. Using the US Census for Ferree Research Charles Heisterkamp
11:30 A.M. Our Ferree Family Website Nancy Johnson
12:00 P.M. Lunch Buffet at the Continental Inn  
1:30 P.M. Ferree Family & Hereditary Societies Ellen Veden & Ken Eshleman
2:30 P.M. Origins of the Ferree Family Charles Heisterkamp
3:30 P.M. National & Ferree Genographic Projects Charles Heisterkamp
4:30 P.M. Top Ten List of Ferree Mysteries Charles Heisterkamp
5:00 P.M. Dinner Break  
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Historical Paradise Bus Tour - July 27th
This tour, moderated by Samuel Stoltzfus, took us through the area of the original Ferree land grant and enabled us to view some of the oldest, still remaining, family homesteads and other Ferree related historical sites. Mr. Stoltzfus included several stories of the history of Lancaster county and about his family's relationship with the county and the Ferree family. Stops were made at the Lancaster Historical Society where we were able to view the Lefevre Bible and also at Carpenter's Cemetery where Madame Ferree and some members of her family are buried.
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Underground Railroad Bus Tour - July 27th
There were Ferree connections to the time in history when slavery existed and through a network of secret passages known as the "Underground Railroad" slaves attempted to escape to free states. This tour moderated by Dr. Kendrick Eshleman, a direct descendant of Madame Ferree, took us to some of the houses and sites that operated in the Paradise and Lancaster area. There was a stop in Christiana to visit the museum there and view the monument commemorating the Christiana riots.
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Social, Program, Banquet - July 27th
A pre-dinner social gathering was held where a play was presented depicting certain historical events pertaining to Madame Ferree. Under the direction of Donna Jernigan, the cast was made up of Ferree "cousins" who were attending the reunion and volunteered to participate. Dinner followed and a door prize drawing closed the evening.
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"Pot Luck" Indoor Picnic - July 28th
This was a fun afternoon of socializing and "togethering". Held at the Paradise Community Park, there were games, lunch, a short business meeting, and an auction.
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" A Great Time Was Had By All"
Photos Courtesy Of David Bamberger, Chris Ferree, Nancy Johnson, Ellen Veden