2014 Strong Family Reunion

Join us in San Anto­nio, Texas for the 2014 Strong Fam­ily Reunion, August 1 to 3, 2014


Accom­mo­da­tions at the His­toric Crock­ett Hotel, Pro­vid­ing Texas Hos­pi­tal­ity since 1909.  

Located at 320 Bon­ham, San Anto­nio, Texas 78205, Reser­va­tion line 800–992-2694


For true Texan cul­tures, few loca­tions are bet­ter than being across the street from the Alamo and near other great San Anto­nio area attrac­tions. The gate­way to the River­Walk is just down and across the street, along with an upscale shop­ping mall. The prop­erty was built in 1909 by the I.O.O.F. fra­ter­nal orga­ni­za­tion as a lodge and hotel, and care­fully ren­o­vated in 1982, earn­ing it a place on the National Reg­is­ter of His­toric Struc­tures. In 2007 it was made to sparkle again with a multi-million-dollar com­plete ren­o­va­tion.

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2013 Strong Family Reunion in White Bear Lake Minnesota

White Bear Lake

A pic­nic at Wild­wood on White Bear Lake, August 1894. (Photo cour­tesy of the Min­nesota His­tor­i­cal Society)

2013 Reunion Reg­is­tra­tion — Click here for the reg­is­tra­tion form (PDF)

Join us in White Bear Lake, Min­nesota for the 2013 Strong Fam­ily Reunion — August 9–10, 2013!

White Bear Lake

Our spe­cial speaker after din­ner Fri­day will be Sara Markoe Han­son, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the White Bear Lake His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety. She will talk about the col­or­ful Resort and Gang­ster eras.

Fri­day din­ner is at the White Bear Yacht Club, located on White Bear Lake. Boat rides will be avail­able after the speaker.

Sat­ur­day includes a Sit-Down Plated Din­ner at the Dove Hill Man­sion in the his­toric Hill Dis­trict of Sum­mit Avenue, St. Paul, Min­nesota. There will be musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment through­out the evening and a spe­cial speaker to talk about the his­tory of St. Paul and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A Look at Sum­mit Avenue

Dove Hill Mansion in 2013

Dove Hill Man­sion in 2013

Well known as the most pres­ti­gious and beau­ti­ful street in the Twin Cities and one of the longest urban boule­vards in the United States, Sum­mit Avenue runs past the opu­lent man­sion of rail­road tycoon James J. Hill, an early home of F. Scott Fitzger­ald, and res­i­dences designed by renowned archi­tect Cass Gilbert.” — from the descrip­tion for the book, St. Paul’s His­toric Sum­mit Avenue.

Rail­road tycoon James J. Hill built the first and largest of the Sum­mit Hill Man­sions. He later built a sec­ond man­sion next to the first, and pre­sented it to his son Louis Hill as a wed­ding present. The Louis Hill man­sion has since been pri­vately restored, and is the home of our Strong cousins the Nichol­sons. The man­sion is now named Dove Hill, and will be our home for the Sat­ur­day por­tion of the Strong Fam­ily Reunion.

Todd Nichol­son and fam­ily are host­ing our 2013 Strong Fam­ily Reunion in White Bear Lake Min­nesota and nearby St. Paul Minnesota.

St. Paul's Historic Summit Avenue (from the book cover)

St. Paul’s His­toric Sum­mit Avenue (from the book cover)

Reunion Details

Join us in White Bear Lake, Min­nesota for the 2013 Strong Fam­ily Reunion, August 9–10, 2013

White Bear Coun­try Inn
4940 North High­way 61
White Bear Lake, MN (651) 429‑5393

We have 10 guest rooms reserved and guar­an­teed at a rate of $117.78/night (includ­ing tax) for two Queen beds or King bed with pull-out Sofa Sleeper. This rate is guar­an­teed if reser­va­tions are made by July 8, 2013 (men­tion Strong Fam­ily Reunion). The inn offers a free con­ti­nen­tal hot/cold break­fast and a full ser­vice restau­rant for lunch and din­ner. Other ameni­ties include indoor pool and whirlpool, game room and exer­cise room. Con­tinue read­ing

2012 Strong Family Reunion

2012 Reunion and Fam­ily Vacation

of the
Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of America

Join us in San­dusky, Ohio
August 10–11, 2012

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Sandusky Ohio 1898

San­dusky Ohio 1898

Great Wolf Lodge
4600 Milan Road (US 250) – San­dusky, OH 44870 – 419–609-6000

  • Fam­ily Suites are $162.00/night (plus 11.5% tax) for two (2) Queen Beds and Pull­out Sofa Sleeper.
  • The rate includes four (4) water park passes per day.
  • The rate is guar­an­teed if reser­va­tions are made by JULY 10, 2012.
  • When mak­ing your reser­va­tion, men­tion #1208STRO.
  • Addi­tional water park passes can be pur­chased at the front desk at $25.00/ea.

(For guests that will not want water park passes)
5410 Milan Road (US250) – San­dusky, OH 44870 – 419–625-7070 then “0” (ask for Annette)

  • Rooms have two (2) Dou­ble Beds w/Complimentary Con­ti­nen­tal Breakfast.
  • Located .05 mile from Great Wolf Lodge.
  • Room Rates: $89.99/night (plus 11.5% tax)
  • Fri­day and Sat­ur­day Nights Only at this rate

Reg­is­tra­tion and Sched­ule for the Weekend

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Strong Family Reunion August 5–6, 2011

Click here for a print­able copy of this announce­ment.

Join us in Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin
for the Strong Fam­ily Reunion

August 5, & August 6, 2011

The Plaza Hotel & Suites

1202 W. Claire­mont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701

(715) 834– 6498

Gue­strooms are $79.00/ night (plus 13.5% taxes) for two King or Queen size or a combination.

This rate is guar­an­teed if reser­va­tions are made by July 22, 2011 (Men­tion # 7180 or SFAA)

The Plaza Hotel offers a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast and restau­rant with daily specials

Sched­ule for the weekend:

Fri­day, August 5 at 12:00 noon — reg­is­tra­tion in the Clear Water A room (our hos­pi­tal­ity room for the weekend)

Reg­is­tra­tion, to cover hos­pi­tal­ity room and speaker’s fee:____Adults x $20.00 ea. = ______

Con­tact Name:________________________________________________________________




Names as they should appear on name badges:_______________________________________

Fri­day at 5:30 p.m. – Pic­nic in Car­son Park – Oak Pavil­ion – All-you-can-eat Grilled Chicken. Also includes: Potato Salad, Cow­boy Beans, Cole Slaw, Fruit Salad, Bars, Lemon­ade and Iced Tea. tax & tip incl. ____Adults x $12.00 ea. = ________

Sat­ur­day, August 6 at 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. — Con­ti­nen­tal Break­fast — (Reg­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues in the Clear Water A room)

10:00 a.m. Leinenkugel’s Brew­ery Tour in Chippewa Falls, WIFREE* Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended ____Adults

1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Board Meet­ing in Clear Water A room – Hos­pi­tal­ity room

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mem­ber Annual Meeting

5:15 p.m. – Pic­tures in the Two Rivers One room – Ban­quet room

6:00 p.m. – Ban­quet Meal – Deluxe Din­ner Buf­fet – Baked Hick­ory Ham and Baked Wis­con­sin Turkey. Also, includes: Whipped Pota­toes, Gravy, Sage Dress­ing, But­tered Veg­eta­bles, Tossed Salad, Ital­ian Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad, Cole Slaw, Cot­tage Cheese, Rel­ishes, Roll Bas­ket and a Bev­er­age (Cof­fee, Tea or Milk) tax & tip incl.

Ban­quet Meal: ____Adults x $23.00 ea. = ________

Frank Smoot of the Chippewa Val­ley Museum will be our guest speaker. He will speak on Hank Aaron, who early in his career, played base­ball in Eau Claire, Car­son Park.

*The Leinenkugel brew­ery tour starts and ends at the Leinie Lodge. There are ele­va­tors if you are not able to do steps. Lodge guides will intro­duce you to Leinenkugel’s his­tory, fam­ily and brew­ing process. After the tour you can enjoy the award-winning beers at the his­toric sam­pling bar or out­side under the cov­ered patio. You will be given tick­ets to sam­ple four vari­eties of your choice, given in five ounce glasses. Two types of large, chewy pret­zels are avail­able for $2.00 ea.

The Leinie Lodge is also a museum and gift shop. You’ll see Leinenkugel his­tor­i­cal sig­nage, pho­tos of the founder and past pres­i­dents of the com­pany, and authen­tic brew­ing artifacts.

We will car­pool and have vol­un­teer, des­ig­nated drivers.

Car­son Park is home to the Chippewa Val­ley Museum and Paul Bun­yun Log­ging Camp. Both muse­ums open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

If you plan to attend the SFFA reunion, please send a check or money order to cover the costs of the meal/meals and reg­is­tra­tion by JULY 1, 2011 to:

Celeste Tumm, SFAA,E17056 Co. Rd. N
Fall Creek, WI 54742

If any ques­tions or con­cerns, call Celeste at 715–877-3106 or email dtumm@centurytel.net

Eau Claire is located in west cen­tral Wis­con­sin approx­i­mately 90 miles east of St. Paul and Min­neapo­lis, Minnesota.

If you are fly­ing here, The Min­neapo­lis – St. Paul Inter­na­tional Air­port ser­vices the upper Mid­west region of MN, WI, ND, SD and IA.

The ter­mi­nal exits are min­utes away from Mall of Amer­ica in Bloom­ing­ton, MN.

The major highway signs getting you to Eau Claire Wisconsin

The major high­way signs get­ting you to Eau Claire Wisconsin

Click here for a print­able copy of this announce­ment.

35th Annual Strong Family Reunion

Come to Stur­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts
for the 35th
Strong Fam­ily Reunion

Fri­day, August 13 to Sun­day, August 15, 2010


366 Main St., Route 20, Stur­bridge, MA 01566

(508) 347‑7393, www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

Guest rooms are $109.00/night (plus 11.7% taxes) for either sin­gle or double,

Add $10 for each extra per­son (3rd $119, 4th $129), Chil­dren under 18 stay free with adults.

This rate is guar­an­teed if reser­va­tions are made by July 20, 2010 (tell them you are with SFAA).

The Host Hotel offers a sandy beach on its 9 acres of lake­side grounds, pad­dle­boats for rent, beach vol­ley­ball, horseshoes,

minia­ture golf, an arcade/game room, a heated indoor swim­ming pool and hot tub, a fit­ness cen­ter, and sev­eral restau­rants

Stur­bridge is located in cen­tral Mass. on the Conn. line at the cross­roads of the Mass. Turn­pike (Rt. 90) and Rt. 84 and Rt. 20. You will be about a one-hour drive from Boston, Prov­i­dence, Hart­ford, Wind­sor, Spring­field and Northamp­ton (the bur­ial place of John Strong). If you need to fly here, Bradley Air­port (Hartford/Springfield) is in Wind­sor, Logan Air­port is in Boston and T.F. Green Air­port is near Prov­i­dence, all about one hour away. Traf­fic in Boston and Prov­i­dence tends to be heavy. Bradley is eas­ier dri­ving, but it depends on where and how you want to spend your time while you are vis­it­ing Sturbridge.

Sched­ule for the Weekend:

Fri­day, August 13 at 12:00 noon – Reg­is­tra­tion in the Dud­ley Room (our hos­pi­tal­ity room for the weekend)

Reg­is­tra­tion, to cover hos­pi­tal­ity room and speaker’s fee: ______Adults x $18.00 _________

Con­tact Name: ______________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________________State _____________Zip__________

Phone: ___________________________email: _____________________________________

Names as they should appear on Name Badges: _____________________________________

Fri­day at 5:30 p.m. – Lake­side Cook­out. Ham­burg­ers, hot dogs, bar­be­cue chicken, corn on the cob, var­i­ous sal­ads, chips, water­melon, brown­ies, lemon­ade, iced tea ______Adults x $27.78 ea. ________

Fri­day at 7:30 p.m. – SFAA Director’s meet­ing in the Oxford Room.

Sat­ur­day, August 14 at 8:00 a.m. — Cof­fee and pas­tries in the Dud­ley Room (Reg­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues). Sat­ur­day at 3:00 p.m. – Annual Mem­bers’ Meet­ing in the Junior Ball­room fol­lowed by pho­tos of the Strong fam­ily group mem­bers and then dinner.

Sat­ur­day at 6:00 p.m. – Buf­fet Din­ner, An Ital­ian Feast: Cae­sar Salad, Moz­zarella Caprise, Antipasto, Chicken Saltim­bocca, Had­dock Bella Vista, Penne Flo­ren­tine, Ital­ian Squash Med­ley, Bread­sticks, Focac­cia, Tiramisu, Can­noli, Ital­ian Cook­ies, Cof­fee and Tea ________Adults x $35.35 ea. _________

Total Cost (includes 14% tip, 4% house charge, 2% meals tax, 6.25% sales tax) $__________

After din­ner, Tom Kelle­her, Cura­tor of His­toric Trades, Mills and Mechan­i­cal Arts at Old Stur­bridge Vil­lage will speak about “The His­tory of Base­ball Before 1860, Dou­ble­day Didn’t Do It” and he’ll also explain how Tan­ner­ies worked (John Strong was a tan­ner) and infor­ma­tion on N.E. shoe factories.

Sun­day, August 15 at 8:00 a.m. – Cof­fee and pas­tries in the Dud­ley Room. Attend a church ser­vice or mass at an area church. St. Anne’s Church and Shrine are nearby with masses at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. in an out­door pavil­ion in sum­mer. They have a 10-acre, wooded path with the ‘Sta­tions of the Cross’ that is believed to have heal­ing pow­ers. The Tav­ern at Old Stur­bridge Vil­lage offers a deli­cious buf­fet, 10 – 2 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m., any­one who would like a tour of Old Stur­bridge Vil­lage can meet me in the gar­den area just out­side the ticket office. (Spe­cial admis­sion $15 adults, $7 chil­dren 4–17, men­tion SFAA).

If you plan to attend the SFAA reunion, please send a check or money order to cover the costs of the meal/meals and reg­is­tra­tion to: Jean Solaroli, SFAA, 15 Cove Drive, Stur­bridge, MA 01566.

If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns, call Jean at 508–347-9897 or email Solaroli@aol.com.

Places of Inter­est In and Around Sturbridge

Stur­bridge Host Hotel Restau­rants: The Green­house Restau­rant offers a week­end break­fast buf­fet. The VIP’s Lounge offers refresh­ing bev­er­ages, light fare and tasty appe­tiz­ers. The Oxhead Tav­ern, an his­toric land­mark built in 1820, is just next door and offers deli­cious New Eng­land lunches and dinners.

List­ing of Other Stur­bridge Area Restau­rantsWithin close walk­ing dis­tance of the Host Hotel are: Burger King, McDon­alds, Pic­cadilly Pub, George Pizza, B.T.’s Smoke­house, Friendly Ice Cream, The Thai Place, Cedar Street Restau­rant and 530 Main Steak House. Within a short drive are: Wendy’s, Sub­way, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cracker Bar­rel, Applebee’s, Pizze­ria Uno’s, The Pub­lick House His­toric Inn, Kaizen Sushi Bar & Grill, Kahula Poly­ne­sian Restau­rant, Ravezzi’s Ital­ian Restau­rant, Playa Del Car­men Mex­i­can Restau­rant, Vienna Restau­rant, and Zorba’s Greek Restaurant.

Of Inter­est in Stur­bridgeOld Stur­bridge Vil­lage, across from the Host Hotel, is a 200-acre, 1830’s Liv­ing His­tory Museum, spe­cial admis­sion $15 adults, $7 chil­dren 4–17 (men­tion SFAA). As a tour guide at OSV, I will offer a tour on Sun­day after­noon start­ing at 12:30, meet­ing in the gar­den area just out­side the ticket office.

If you like beer, Hyland Orchard & Brew­ery, 195 Arnold Rd., offers a wide selec­tion of micro-brewed beers, plus a free pet­ting zoo and children’s play area.

His­tor­i­cal and Other Places of Inter­est within short dri­ving dis­tancesBecause Stur­bridge is located at the cross­roads of Rt. 84 and the Mass. Turn­pike (Rt. 90) in cen­tral Mass­a­chu­setts on the Con­necti­cut state line, you are able to drive to many New Eng­land cities in about an hour or so.

Boston Drive east on the Mass. Turn­pike to visit many his­toric areas in Boston. The Free­dom Trail is a 2.5-mile walk­ing tour of 16 sites start­ing at the Boston Com­mon, then walk by the Gra­nary Bury­ing Ground with graves of Sam Adam, John Han­cock, Paul Revere. Walk on to Faneuil Hall that is filled with shops and the Old State House, up to the North End by Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church and con­tinue on to Old Iron­sides. Boston has many muse­ums: Museum of Sci­ence & Hay­den Plan­e­tar­ium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, Isabella Stew­art Gard­ner Museum, Peabody Arche­ol­ogy Museum, N.E. Aquar­ium and the JFK Library. (For more info: http://www.starthereboston.com/Museums.html) Want to see where the Pil­grims landed and how they lived, visit Plimoth Plan­ta­tion, Ply­mouth, MA. (www.plimoth.org/).

West of Stur­bridgeHead­ing West on the Mass Pike to Rt. 291 to Spring­field, you’ll find the birth­place of bas­ket­ball at the Nai­smith Memo­r­ial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame (www.hoophall.com). If you’re look­ing for excite­ment head to Six Flags of New Eng­land with thrilling roller coast­ers and a water park (www.sixflags.com).

Prov­i­denceDrive South on Rt. 146 to see the Museum of Nat­ural His­tory and Cor­mack Plan­e­tar­ium, shows on week­ends at 2 p.m. which is located in Roger Williams Park along with the Roger Williams Zoo, open daily 9–4. At the Culi­nary Arts Museum of John­son and Wales Uni­ver­sity, Tues.- Sun. 10–5, see the Din­ner at the White House exhibit or the 4,000 sq. ft. diner exhibit. There are art muse­ums at RI School of Design and Brown Uni­ver­sity. Visit the Slater Mill His­toric Site, in nearby Paw­tucket, open Sat. & Sun. 11–3, the birth­place of Amer­i­can indus­try with an authen­tic 19th cen­tury machine shop, an 8-ton work­ing water wheel with reg­u­lar demon­stra­tions. Or, travel father south to New­port, RI, to see the mag­nif­i­cent New­port Man­sions. (Go here for more info: http://www.newportmansions.org/) Mis­quam­i­cut Beach in West­erly, RI is one of the nicest ones in RI, but you could travel to Cape Cod for lots of beaches if you have the time.

Hart­fordHead south on Rt. 84 to Har­riet Beecher Stowe Cen­ter (www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org) a kin who was fea­tured in the SFAA Nov. 2008 newslet­ter. It’s next door to the Mark Twain brick Vic­to­rian house that fea­tures many pieces of Tiffany stained glass (www.marktwainhouse.org). Just over the line into West Hart­ford is Eliz­a­beth Park, the old­est rose gar­den in Amer­ica with a won­der­ful café for lunch.

Wind­sor, CT - Up the Conn. River is the Wind­sor His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety on the site where Return Strong took over his father John Strong’s orig­i­nal tan­nery. They also have the Lt. Wal­ter Fyler House (1640) and the Dr. Hezekiah Chaf­fee House (1765), as well as a library with genealog­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal research.

Coven­try, CTAbout 30 min­utes down Rt. 84, you’ll find the Strong-Porter Museum and the Nathan Hale Home­stead. Eliz­a­beth Strong mar­ried Richard Hale (Nathan’s father).

2010 Strong Family Reunion

The 2010 Strong Fam­ily Reunion will be the sec­ond week­end of August, Fri­day August 13, 2010 to Sun­day August 15, 2010 in Stur­bridge, Massachusetts.

I’ll give you more infor­ma­tion as soon as I find out! See you there!

2009 Reunion Photos are Up!

My pho­tos from the 2009 Strong Fam­ily Reunion in Dixon, Illi­nois, are on line. Any­one who can help me with names from the Reunion Pic­nic, please do!

The photo albums are here: SFAA Photo Albums

If you have pho­tos of your own to share, send them to the Web­mas­ter, Edward Barnard, and I’ll add them to our Photo Albums online.