Our Annual Reunions
We hold an annual reunion to celebrate the family's accomplishments every year in August and to commemorate our progenitors, Captain John Locke of Rye, Nathaniel Locke of Portsmouth, and Deacon William Locke of Woburn.
Traditionally, the annual reunion was in Rye, but for the last decade we have dedicated even-numbered years to meet in an "away" location where Locke descendants have played a significant role. In 2018, we went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, our first international reunion. We have had an annual reunion since our founding without fail, even through two world wars. Over 300 cousins attended our 100th reunion in 1991 and over 100 cousins commemorated the 300th anniversary of the death of Captain John Locke in 1996.
Why Hold Reunions?
Of course, there are the usual reasons, but we have had significant experiences at our reunions. On two separate occasions cousins who thought they were orphans with no family connections, found their second, third and fourth cousins at a reunion! A nine year old who thought he had a small family arrived to find a room full of cousins. This opened his mind to a broader world. It was an experience he never forgot and which later influenced on his choice of career.
When: August 2-4, 2019
Manchester, New Hampshire
Just an hour away from the Capt. John Locke homestead in Rye, NH, Manchester played a critical role in the industrial revolution as it reached the United States and attracted many (if not most) of our ancestors off the family farm and into clothing and shoe manufacturing.
Please wait for details before making any firm arrangements. Members will receive an official announcement by email in January.
The typical schedule includes a social occasion on Friday, business meeting on Saturday morning, an outing on Saturday afternoon, and some sort of tour or field trip on Sunday.
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