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   107th Annual Reunion on August 5- 6, 2017
   106th Annual Reunion on August 6- 7, 2016
   105th Annual Reunion on August 1 - 2, 2015
   104th Annual Reunion on August 9 - 10, 2014
   103rd Annual Reunion on August 3 - 4, 2013
   102nd Annual Reunion on August 4 - 5, 2012
   101st Annual Reunion on August 13-14, 2011
   100th Annual Reunion on August 7-8, 2010
   99th Annual Reunion on August 8-9, 2009
   98th Annual Reunion on August 9-10, 2008
   97th Annual Reunion on August 11-12, 2007
   96th Annual Reunion on August 12-13, 2006
   95th Annual Reunion on August 6-7, 2005
   94th Annual Reunion on August 7-8, 2004
   93rd Annual Reunion on August 9-10, 2003
   92nd Annual Reunion on August 10-11, 2002


This year the Dillenbeck Reunion Planning Board has decided to visit Fort Stanwix and the Erie Canal Village.  These two historic sites are located near Rome, New York.  If you're interested in 18th & 19th century history.  New York State is the place to be this summer.  Come see living history and walk in the footsteps and experience the life of your ancestors.  Directions to all events are located on this page.  Secretary for the Dillenbeck Reunion: Sigrid Rantanen, 2160 12th St., Unit E, Troy, NY 12180.  Those adults who attend the Sunday picnic this year will receive a free mug with the Dillenbeck family crest on it along with the various spellings of the family name.


PLEASE NOTE: If we do not hear from you this year, you will be removed from our mailing list.  So please, whether you are attending the Reunion this year or not, send in your registration form and dues so that we know you are still interested in the Dillenbeck family and that we may keep in contact with you.  This registration form will also help us update your address and family information.


Do you have a recipe for the Dillenbeck Cookbook?

In addition, we ask that you send in with your registration form, or bring with you to the Reunion, your family recipes.  We would like to include them in our upcoming to-be-published Dillenbeck family cookbook.  Your name will be acknowledged in the book with your recipes.


Please print or download the Family Group information sheet.  We encourage you to  send in family information for inclusion in the Genealogy Book to the address listed there.



FORT SCHUYLER (STANWIX) - An 18th-century fort successfully defended by the 34d New York Regiment commanded by Col.Peter Gansevoort during the American REvolution in August of 1777 in a 21-day siege against a British force of 2000 regulars, Germans, loyalists, and allied Indians.  Gol. Gansevoort bestowed a regimental flag to the 3rd NY Regiment in 1779, which was carried by the regiment for the remainder of the war. This flag served as a basis for the present day New York State flag. This regiment rejoined the main army under General Washington for the hard winter encampment of 1779-80 at Morristown, New Jersey.  The 3rd NY Regiment took part in the siege of Yorktown in October of 1781 and was part of the force that successfully attacked Redoubt Number 10, which helped bring about the British surrender.  Fort Stanwix was the site of negotiations or conclusions of seven American Indian Treaties and Land Purchases.


ERIE CANAL VILLAGE - A reconstructed 19th-century settlement on the site where the first shovelful of earth was turned for the original Erie Canal construction on July 4, 1817.  Home to the Erie Canal Museum, the Harden Museum (collection of 19th century vehicles and their relationship to the types of roads back then & farm equipment), New York State Museum of cheese. Bennett's Tavern, blacksmith shop, railroad station, ice house, Wood Creek School, Maynard Methodist Church, Shull Victorian house, Settler's house, Crosby house, and the Canal Store.  There is a 15 min. Orientation video of the building of the Erie Canal & a horse-drawn packet boat cruise.  (ages 5 & up).




SATURDAY, AUGUST 9: Entrance & activity fees will be paid by the Reunion Association for all attendees.  Enjoy one of both of the activities and don't forget your sunblock.

Fort Stanwix National Monument (open 9 - 5) - meet at 9:00 AM at the entrance to the fort.

Erie Canal Village (open 10 -5) - meet between 12:30 - 1:00 PM at the entrance of the village.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10: Family picnic - meet at Wiles Park in Fort Plain, New York at 10:00 AM. Please bring your own place settings and a covered dish to share with everyone.




    Directions to Wiles Park:
  • I-90 Thruway Exit 29
  • Turn right onto Route 5S and continue into Fort Plain
  • From NYS Rt. 5S, turn left (south) on Main St.
  • Go about 6 blocks to Upper Main St
  • Turn Right on High St.
  • Go to flashing light and cemetery, then turn left
  • Bear right into Wiles Park (Dillenbeck reunion is at the park's picnic shelter)


    Directions to Fort Stanwix:

    From the West:

  • I-90 Thruway to Exit 33 (Verona-Rome)
  • Turn right onto Route 365 East for approximately 10-15 min. veering left as Route 365 merges with Route 69 at the fork in the road. (takes you over an arterial bridge into the city of Rome)
  • Fort Stanwix will be across Erie Blvd. on the right side of James Street.
  • Parking will be along the Fort Stanwix side (heading North) of the street or in the parking garage on the left side of N. James Street

    From the East:

  • I-90 Thruway to Exit 32 (Westmoreland)
  • Turn right onto Route 233 North.
  • Follow Route 233 about 6 miles
  • Make a left onto the Rt. 49/Rt. 69W/Rt. 365W ramp.
  • Continue on Route 49 North for 0.1 miles and bear right on ramp to Rt. 49N/Rt. 69W first 0.2 mile, then 1.2 miles.
  • Turn right onto Route 26 (N. James St.)
  • Fort Stanwix will be on your right
  • Parking will be along the Fort Stanwix side (heading North) of the street or in the parking garage on the left side of N. James Street

    Directions to Erie Canal Village:

    From the West:

  • I-90 Thruway to Exit 33 (Verona-Rome)
  • Turn right onto Route 365 East to Route 49 West through Rome to Erie Canal Village

    From the East:

  • I-90 Thruway to Exit 32 (Westmoreland)
  • Turn right onto Route 233 North to Route 49 West through Rome to Erie Canal Village.


  • I-90 Thruway to Exit 31 (Utica)
  • Take Route 49 West 


    To register, please complete the registration form, print it and mail to Treasurer:

    Nancy McClymonds
    17 Templeton Trail
    Orchard Park, NY 14127

    You can contact Nancy by e-mail at:


    For more information, please contact:

    Sigrid E. Rantanen, Secretary
    2160 12th St Unit E
    Troy, NY 12180

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