National Stanley Family Association 26th Reunion

2nd Quarter Century Begins
June 26 & 27, 2015
Held at Estes Dining Hall, Randolph-Macon College
GPS Coordinates: 37.7622545, -77.477650
Corner of E Patrick and Henry St
(North of 204 Henry St)
Ashland, VA 23005


Friday, June 26, 2014 - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Jack Trammell — "Quakers, the Richmond Slave Trade and Quiet Resistance".Jack Trammell

Jack has written 24 books, with the most recent, "The Richmond Slave Trade" and "Down on the Chickahominy," both nominees for the Library of Virginia Literary Award for non-fiction.  The winner of numerous literary awards, he has published hundreds of stories, articles and poems, in addition to penning a regular column for the Washington Times for seven years.  Dr. Trammell holds degrees from Grove City College and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He teaches at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA and lives on a farm near Charlottesville in Louisa County.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 3:00 - 4:00p.m.

Gwendolyne Strane — "Some of the Elements of the Underground Railroad".
Gwen Strane
The Underground Railroad was neither a railroad of steel and steam, nor was it underground.  It was a system comprised of black people and white people who developed a means of transporting enslaved persons to freedom.  It was executed through many disguises, secrecy and multiple elements.  Today we will explore some of elements; gestures, symbols, songs, quilts, altered transporting systems, etc.  Great sacrifices were made by anti-slavery persons, including loss of family, religion, possessions and lives.  Oh, to have been a conductor or ant participant in that vast system.  What a task!

Gwen is a retired Public Health Nurse Supervisor in the Richmond area.  She is a graduate of St. Phillips School of Nursing (Medical College of VA) and North Carolina Central University.  Gwen and her husband are currently living on land which was originally part of the Stanley Grant in Montpelier.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30 - 8:30p.m.

Arthur H (Art) Taylor — "Some more, Hanover County History and Such".

This presentation includes a bit of Hanover history and an introduction to a hidden Hanover jewel... North Anna Battlefield Park Via Video.  The "bit" of Hanover History includes some things you probably know and some of what you might not know.  Of course Hanover's native sons and mainstay events and the rabbit Lafayette leading Cornwallis on the merry chase.

The Hidden Hanover Jewel includes over 2.5 miles of some of the most pristine earthworks, best walking trails with probably the best interpretative signage in the country.  Noted author Gordon Rhea will give you a video overview of the battle.  Time permitting, you will be given a challenge of what we as family historians need to do!!

Art is the President of the Hanover County Historical Society.  He is retired, but is very active in many Virginia historical organizations including being Past Commander of the Capt. Wm. Latane Camp #1690 Sons of Confederate Veterans and member of Society of the War of 1812 just to name a few.  He has published one book "Raid on Beaver Dam Depot May 9, 1864" and is working on another.  He is a part-time researcher in Hanover County related genealogy, history and is semiprofessional gealogist and an avid student of history.